GnuCash OFX import not matching accounts of same ID

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed Sep 4 10:04:56 EDT 2013


I don't believe the OFX importer will use any account IDs to match
against account GUIDs at all.  There was no expectation that the
importer would be used this way when it was written, so AFAIK, unless
you added code to implement it, the importer does what it always does
which is match based on user input/assignment.  Once the user assigns
the account then it will remember that based on information in the OFX.


Ngewi Fet <ngewif at> writes:

> Anyone?
> On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Ngewi Fet <ngewif at> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I am having some reports from users of the GnuCash Android app that import
>> of the OFX accounts into GnuCash desktop does not work seamlessly. GnuCash
>> does not seem to be able to resolve the accounts even though there exists
>> an account in the GnuCash desktop with the same ID.
>> I am wondering if GnuCash uses any other metrics (other than the ID) to
>> match the accounts, e.g. like the type of Account (Checking, savings, bank
>> etc) or something else which I'm not aware of.
>> Also the OFX format specifies that the account ID should be made up of up
>> to 22 characters. GnuCash account IDs are typically longer and are
>> maintained during import and export.
>> Does the GnuCash OFX importer trim the IDs during import somehow? This
>> would make it impossible to match accounts.
>> In my testing for example, I observe this because the importer asks to
>> select an account for
>> "Unknown OFX checking account 'Bank account 2270a4f5bba10cda9477b56'".
>> However the account in the exported file and in GnuCash itself has the ID:
>> 2270a4f5bba10cda9477b56285ebc82b
>> Any suggestions on what's happening and how to remedy it?
>> Thanks,
>> Ngewi
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