Enhancement request: 'Native' importing of '.CSV' files

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Tue Jan 20 14:07:07 EST 2009


Why work outside gnucash?
GnuCash already has a basic CSV importer -- why not spend your
time enhancing it?


Quoting Dave <dave at davestechshop.net>:

> Hi John,
> A developer from this list and I are working on something similar to what
> you have requested. Work has started. A working prototype is close at hand.
> I plan to make the completed tool available free (open source).  It will run
> outside gnucash and it targets Linux. It will allow complex CSV files to be
> easily and quickly imported into gnucash.
> My personal need is to import complex CSV files from Yodlee into gnucash. I
> use Yodlee to aggregate all my tranasactions because it is far superior to
> the online banking features of gnucash or any other personal finance app
> that I would consider using.
> However, if your needs are less complex than mine, you might want to take a
> look at one of these two tools:
> See link: http://www.mt2ofx.tk/ (freeware)
> Calc2Qif (http://xl2qif.chez-alice.fr/calc2qif_en.php).
> At some point I expect the tool we are working on will offer all the
> important features of both the above tools.
> Regards,
> Dave
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 1:26 PM, John Smith <lbalbalba at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am aware of the fact that it currently is not possible to import
>> arbitrary csv formatted files directly into GnuCash, and that instead
>> you have to use or write python/perl/shell scripts to convert between
>> the .csv and something that GnuCash understands like Intuit Quicken
>> files. But since I am not a programmer, unfortunately I am unable to
>> write a script or program to bulk transfer my bank supplied cvs files
>> to GnuCash supported formats like Intuit Quicken.
>> So I was wondering if there is any interest (both from user and
>> developer sides) to create a 'native' import-csv-into-gnucash feature,
>> preferably something where you can map fields of your csv file to
>> gnucash fields, and perhaps even save the mapping into some sort of
>> 'template' so that you can easily re-use the mapping when importing
>> the next batch from your bank ?
>> Anyway, just something I was wondering about... I can imagine that
>> this topic has come up quite frequently already, so Im sorry if Im the
>> one that brings this up for the Nth time, but it would just seem like
>> such a basic and still very useful feature for banks that only supply
>> CVV formatted files.
>> Regards,
>> John Smith
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