Getting stock quotes for a specific date

Edward Doolittle edward.doolittle at
Thu Apr 2 00:46:30 EDT 2015

Brendan, the feature you requested is already available ... for quotes in
the future. See
and scroll down to . You run gnucash --add-price-quotes etc. from a
cron job scheduled for the times when you know you're going to want or need
quotes, like Fridays after market close or end of day at year end.

(I actually use cron and anacron on my Mac laptop, but installing them and
setting them up required some time investment. Macs have a different
default scheduler now, about which I know little. Someone else on this list
may be able to help, otherwise you should ask somewhere that specializes in
Mac help.)

For quotes in the past, I think it is wise to do them by hand. Since you're
on a Mac, and I assume you downloaded an executable, you likely don't have
pycash available without recompiling. I didn't know about the modifications
to gnc-fq-helper, so thanks Mike for pointing that out.  It might be
worthwhile to drop in a modified version of gnc-fq-helper, grab the quotes,
then put back the unmodified version. But I still think it would be wise to
do them by hand.

On 1 April 2015 at 16:40, Brendan Simon <Brendan at> wrote:

> On 1/04/2015 5:59 pm, Mike Alexander wrote:
> > --On April 1, 2015 at 3:50:14 PM +1100 Brendan Simon
> > <Brendan at> wrote:
> >
> >> My account period is set to end on Jun-2014 (end of last financial
> >> year for Australia).  After getting quotes, the advanced portfolio
> >> report has the very latest values of the securities (i.e.
> >> 31-Mar-2015) which is not what I need.  I want the report to show the
> >> values as of 30-Jun-2014.  Can GnuCash get quotes from a specific
> >> date?
> >
> > It's possible, although not particularly easy.  Take a look at
> > <
> >.
> > This links to two pages that contain Python scripts to import prices.
> > These both require a copy of GnuCash which is built with the Python
> > bindings, which might be a problem.
> >
> > You could also hack a copy of gnc-fq-helper, the Perl script that
> > actually fetches the prices, to fetch prices for a date in the past
> > instead of the current date.  This would require using the
> > Finance::QuoteHist Perl module as described in
> > <>.
> >
> > There is a Perl script attached to
> > <
> >
> > which might be a suitable replacement for gnc-fq-helper.  I haven't
> > tried using it in GnuCash, but I just tested it and it seems to still
> > work and produce plausible output.
> For my specific needs it's probably simpler to do it by hand (since the
> capability is not available in GnuCash, and the number of stocks
> involved is manageable).  It might be a good addition to add to GnuCash
> though -- to be able to specify a particular date, or end of accounting
> period.  I know I wouldn't always to remember to update quote info on
> the last day of the financial year.  Might be even nicer to be able to
> configure GnuCash to get history in some configurable period (e.g.
> daily, or Fridays, and/or end of each month, etc).
> Cheers :)
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Edward Doolittle
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