Questions about gnuCash backend access

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Aug 24 13:35:04 EDT 2007

Quoting Samuel deHuszar Allen <dehuszar at>:

> I am a Lotus Notes / web developer.  Have built a custom Notes app for
> invoicing and billing and am wondering if there is a programmatic way to
> create transactions and records in gnuCash.  If so, what languages/tools are
> needed to talk to the program?

There is a C API and a Scheme API.

>    I am also curious how transactions are
> stored internally.  XML?

Nah, XML is just a storage mechanism.  Internally it's stored in a QOF

>     Ideally, I would like to create a connection that
> would allow either the Domino server, or a server agnostic webservice to
> write and retrieve information from mobile devices/web forms.
> Any information to these ends would be greatly appreciated.  And to be sure,
> any webservice bridge I cobble together will be made available to the
> public.  :)
> My normal business email is sda at, but we've had some
> storms in the Chicago area and my mail server is out until the power comes
> back up.  Please respond to dehuszar at
> Thanks in advance,
> Samuel deHuszar Allen
> sda at
> 773.793.0604


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