Export/Import Accounts Databases

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Tue Jun 4 13:32:24 EDT 2013

At Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:20:24 -0700 "John R. Sowden" <jsowden at americansentry.net> wrote:

> If I create a Chart of Accounts that is empty of transactions, I can 
> export it via the File>Export selection.  The only file type option is 
> xml.  When I went the Import selection, I was given a series of types, 
> but none seemed to be gc's export format.
> How do I export my account base so I can, say, move it to another 
> computer, the import it as an account database on another computer 
> running gc.

The File>Export menu option exports an empty Chart of Accounts (even if your
data file is in fact populated with transactions). The file exported is a
ready to go GnuCash datafile, with a complete Chart of Accounts, but empty of
actual transactions. It does not need to be 'imported', it can just be opened
by GnuCash directly.

The File>Import is for importing a complete transaction database from other
applications (such as Quicken). It is not currently possible to export the 
*transactions* in a GnuCash file to some other format (such as something that 
could be imported or read by Quicken).

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