importing to multiple checking accounts

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed Jan 19 11:23:50 EST 2011

Phil Frost <indigo at> writes:

> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 01:49:27PM -0600, Larry Teeter wrote:
>> I am a new user trying to set up a file where I have multiple checking
>> accounts. [...] When I try to import to the others the program records
>> the transactions in the first account.
> I have heard that the QIF importer uses the filename to decide to what
> account to import. I don't know if this is true or not, but it's
> something to try until you can get a more authoritative answer. I always
> import from OFX, and I know that format contains bank routing and
> account numbers that gnucash will use to match the file with the
> account.

This is indeed the case.  If your QIF file is named data.qif (and it's
not a multiple-account file) then it will assume that the data in the
file belong to the QIF Account named "data".  Then in the importer it
will suggest a mapping of the QIF Account "data" to the GnuCash account
"data" (which you can change to some other account, e.g. Assets::Data).
Then the importer will import the transactions into Assets::Data, and
remember that "data" -> "Assets::Data".

If you then import a second qif, also called data.qif, then GnuCash will
assume it's the same QIF Account (data), and assume the same mapping to
Assets::Data, and import the transactions into the same place.

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