When comparing GnuCash vs Buckets, the Slant community recommends GnuCash for most people. In the question“What are the best cross-platform budgeting apps?” GnuCash is ranked 1st while Buckets is ranked 8th.
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Pro Investment Support
Pro Multi-platform and free
GnnuCash supports Linux, OSX and Windows and is also free on those platforms.
Pro Small business accounting
Pro Double Entry Accounting
Pro Easily set up
GnuCash walks the user through setting up their accounts making setup extremely easy for new users.
Pro Auto backup
GnuCash has auto backup settings so users can set it and forget it.
Pro No monthly fee
Pro Untimed, free trial
Evaluate the app for as long as you need prior to purchasing.
Pro Budgeting closely integrated
While not perfect, the Buckets is the only offline budgeting desktop application which has budgeting as front-and-center as YNAB 4, and the developer is continually working on it, so hopefully it will be improved further.
Pro Import from YNAB4 Budget.
You can upload your YNAB4 budget and you are ready to go.
Pro Syncs with your bank
Allows you to write private macros and import data securely from your bank.
Con Double entry accounting may be confusing or difficult for non business owners
For those that are unfamiliar with double entry bookkeeping it may be difficult to understand making using GnuCash a bit confusing on how it works.