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Slashdot: GnuCash Developer Robert Merkel Responds

Jul 05, 2001, 20:00 (2 Talkback[s])

Robert Merkel responds to 10 questions from Slashdot readers.

"Q. Would it be possible to incorporate some sort of perl plugin to GnuCash that would go out to a bank's web site, access the banking account information on the site, access the relevant data and then format it in a way that could be pasted into the existing GnuCash data?"

A. Banks generally provide machine-readable account information in a couple of formats: QIF (Quicken Interchange Format), which is an old and broken text export format used by just about every personal finance program, and OFX (Online Financial Xchange), with its first cousin QFX (Quicken Financial Xchange), which is an SGML/XML protocol for both getting information and initiating on-line banking activity such as funds transfers."

"If your bank provides downloadable QIF files, as many do, you can import them into GnuCash easily right now. We are working on the ability to use GnuCash's built-in web browser to log on to the bank with SSL and download the QIF directly into GnuCash without having to save to a file, but until then, it won't break your arm to download with a normal browser and import the file into GnuCash."

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