Can I import my Backup from my Mac to Linux?

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24 Oct, 2018 02:55 PM

In general, if I want to switch to the Linux version, how do a transfer my data over to the Linux version from my Mac?

  1. 1 Posted by -Kevin N. on 24 Oct, 2018 05:12 PM

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    Hi Bill,

    I'm not a Mac user or a Linux user but it is my understanding that the Moneydance data file is OS-neutral.

    To transfer your data, simply make a copy of your current data file (the same way that you would copy any other file) and transfer it to the new machine. e.g. via a flash drive

    DO NOT export and import anything. Simply make a copy of your current data file. (not need to even use a backup data file)

    -Kevin N. (not a member of MD support)

  2. 2 Posted by walker7366 on 05 Nov, 2018 04:23 PM

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    I'd like to know the answer to this as well. Did it work (to the OP)? Can we hear from someone with MD support on this?

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Henry on 06 Nov, 2018 08:02 AM

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    Hi Bill,

    Kevin N. is correct!
    After the file has been moved to the Linux machine, all you need to do is to open it with Moneydance, you will first see a welcome screen when you open Moneydance and there click on 'Open Other' and select the location of the file that you just moved.

    In the case where you would like to use Moneydance on both machines and access the same file, I recommend enabling syncing as it is described here.

    Infinite Kind Support

  4. 4 Posted by BillHerschel on 06 Nov, 2018 02:28 PM

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    What this opens up is the ability to use Moneydance in a Chromebook. New
    Chromebooks run Linux. The Google Pixelbook Chromebook with 8G of RAM and
    128G of storage sells for ~$850 on Amazon. It is what the new Macbook Air
    should be. I am only holding off buying one until it has had time to work
    the bugs out. It can be tethered to a Pixel 3 phone from Google which
    effectively means it can connect to the internet anywhere, but that is
    really beside the point.

  5. 5 Posted by walker7366 on 06 Nov, 2018 04:56 PM

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    I see. Thanks. The next logical question is: How can you sync with Dropbox using a Chromebook?.....

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Henry on 08 Nov, 2018 09:31 AM

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    I haven't yet come across Moneydance being opened on a Chromebook, I know that it has been attempted on the older Chromebook without success.

    But regarding syncing, if Moneydance open on a Chromebook then the process is the same as for other platforms, as it is described here.

    Infinite Kind Support

  7. 7 Posted by BillHerschel on 08 Nov, 2018 02:45 PM

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    To be precise, on the modern Chromebooks (circa. the past 6-12 months) one
    is able to open, without doing any gymnastics, a Linux (I believe Debian
    flavor) command line and install Linux apps, which run exactly like the
    pre-existing Chrome apps, such as Google Docs. It used to be the case that
    one could effectively switch operating systems on the Chromebook, using a
    thing called Crouton, that turned the machine into a Linux box. That is
    NOT what I am referring to. It is possible that Moneydance requires some
    stuff on Linux that might not be available on the Chromebook, but I think
    that is unlikely. If there is anyone out there that has purchased a
    Chromebook recently, they could try this.

    I literally, at the present time, am using my Macbook Air almost
    exclusively to run Moneydance. I am completely sold on the Google

  8. 8 Posted by walker7366 on 08 Nov, 2018 05:02 PM

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    Thanks, guys. Ok, well, it looks like the Chrome ecosystem is not quite ready for this...yet. But maybe soon.

    Bill, if you do end up getting MD running on a chrome OS device (without having to turn it into a "Linux box"), and are able to sync through Dropbox, please come back and tell about it on this thread?

  9. 9 Posted by cbtengr on 09 Nov, 2018 03:25 PM

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    Will the latest Ubuntu version (2017.7.1) sync with the latest Mac version (2017.10?

  10. 10 Posted by dwg on 09 Nov, 2018 07:34 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    When using syncing do not mix Moneydance versions, you should run the same version on all systems.

  11. 11 Posted by cbtengr on 09 Nov, 2018 08:14 PM

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    That's what I thought, but I don't see a download option for 2017.7.1 for Mac anywhere.

  12. 12 Posted by dwg on 09 Nov, 2018 08:48 PM

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    The downloads page only has the latest release, 2017.7.1 was superseded a while ago and there have been quite a lot of fixes since this release so I would recommend upgrading.

    However if you really want to try t older release it can be found at::

  13. 13 Posted by cbtengr on 09 Nov, 2018 08:54 PM

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    Yes, but there doesn't seem to be a 2017.10 for Linux yet.
    I seem to be stuck to going back on Mac or hoping for an update for Linux.

  14. 14 Posted by dwg on 09 Nov, 2018 08:59 PM

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    The Downloads page appears to have all operating systems. As I understand it the Moneydance build process creates download for all Operating systems at the same time.

  15. 15 Posted by cbtengr on 10 Nov, 2018 01:39 AM

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    Got it - thanks. I thought it was the earlier version.
    Gotta recharge the little gray cells!

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