Conversion from QuickBooks via Datablox

Andrew Sackville-West ajswest at
Mon Aug 7 12:56:06 EDT 2006

On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 03:56:50PM -0600, Keith Hellman wrote:
> Hello all:
> I've been a gnucash user for several years, but I've never posted to
> the devlist before (I did post to gnucash-users back in April of 2004,
> see attached).
> In 2004, I fiddled around with converting my previous QuickBooks data to
> gnucash.  I used software by DataBlox
> ( coupled with a TCL script
> ( for the primary data
> extraction, then wrote some python scripts to convert the data into qif
> files.
> None of this really panned out.  It didn't seem to be an issue with the
> data export, but rather my inability at guile and limitations of the QIF
> format.  As time passed, it seemed much less important to preserve the
> financial data from QuickBooks.  When I returned to graduate school, the
> project was shelved indefinetly.

Extracting information from quickbooks has always been an issue for me
as it is the only reason I maintain a windows partition anymore... But
for me, like you, it becomes less and less relevant as time goes
on. That said, I think, as a small business user, extracting data from
quickbooks is a pretty big deal and certainly would have made my life
easier two years ago. And I still have some interest in having access
to that old data, even if it was just as a "digest" with monthly or
quarterly aggregated numbers.

That said, I am not a developer, just a lurker here, but would be
happy to test implementations, provide feedback and ideas, etc. 


> OK, what's the point?  I'd like to know if there is an interest in being
> able to do a QuickBooks->gnucash conversion.  If so, and there is a
> gnucash developer interested in pursuing the topic, I'd be happy to
> donate the copy of the DataBlox software I purchased.
> If anyone is interested, please contact me off list (I don't subscribe,
> and I doubt most the developers are interested in the pursuent
> discussion).
> Cheers,
> -- 
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