two way sync un the cloud. use of several devices for one file, that way a business or family can add data.
if desktop and mobile use the same file, then updating each app instance could be accomplished by watching the files for updates and refreshing. I don't know how the database journals and logs new transactions, but it's probably a lot harder to accomplish with flat files than with a database like SQL server. I guess the desktop app could act as the server, but then there are firewall and other technical steps to syncing, on top of requiring the desktop app to stay running 24/7 as a service.
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Jin Kai commented
I have been testing out exporting to dropbox, opening it in gnucash desktop and then saving it back in dropbox then opening the file in gnucash android and repeating. It is tedious and I hope for a sync but I do not see where there are feature incompatibilities as Ngewi Fet (Admin, GnuCash) described... Can you please clarify
Furthermore, export/send to does not allow you to change the filename. In order to sync similar to money manager ex, is it not preferable to have 1 file on a cloud drive of your choice and then you make changes on it when you have made changes in either gnucash android or desktop?
Nearly can, I saved the file on dropbox and if I change it on my desktop, save and close it then reopen it in the app that is also using same file on drop box I see the changes.
however the app needs a refresh button and also needs to be able to save changes and uh unmount file to allow the desktop app to see changes and be able to open file without it being locked.
Can a plugin be used for Google drive and Dropbox so the sync can be done on Android and desktop.
Sharing same file between multiple devices using Android app will be awesome! and more than enough, something similar to ColorNote app.
the desktop version needs a way to save backup in one file say one zip. Then perhaps that backup zip can be used to sync or restore to the mobile app. The mobile app does not need identical functionality. But it would be good to see recent cash and bank account transactions and current balances via two way sync. Also exchanged over WiFi since cloud services like are creepy for personal financial data.
AdminNgewi Fet (Admin, GnuCash) commented
We evaluating ways to allow sharing of the same file between devices using the Android app.
However, we do not anticipate to include sync with the desktop due to feature incompatibilities.
Should be able to use the same file as the Desktop Version of GnuCash