associating transactions from 2 imported accounts

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Jun 16 08:59:09 EDT 2006

Import both qif files at once.  If there is enough information in the
QIF File (note that there may NOT be) then it will determine that they
are the same transaction.

Also, during the QIF import you should specify the actual account.
Don't leave it as "Unspecified".  Click on that and choose the
real account -- and then the duplicate matcher might actually find
the other transaction..

In the end, QIF just doesn't really have enough information to do it
all the time.  Sometimes you may need to hand-massage the QIF before
you import it.  For example, from my NetBank accounts I need to
hand-massage the QIF in order to get transfers between my Checking
and Money Market to work properly.

Good Luck,


Quoting Brendan Simon <Brendan at>:

> Hi,
> I have downloaded to qif files from my bank and imported them into
> gnucash 1.8.10.  Some transactions are between the two accounts (eg.
> transfer $100 from savings account to cheque account).  Obviously
> gnucash does not associate them because it does not have enough
> knowledge during the import, so one account has a transfer to the
> "unspecified" account, and the other account has transfer from
> "unspecified" account.
> If I enter Split Mode and edit the Unspecified account in one entry to
> cheque and the associated entry to saving, then I end up with duplicate
> transactions in each account.  How can I associate two seemingly
> independent transactions to one transaction to/from the appropriate
> accounts?
> The other related thing is that I want the description in the savings
> account to say:
>    "transfer to cheque account"
> and the description in the cheque account to say:
>    "transfer from savings account"
> Is that possible??
> Thanks,
> Brendan.
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