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Python package for importing CSV files to GNUCash with some preprocessing built in.


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What does it do?

It takes your raw transfer data and compiles it into transactions

A transfer is simply half of a transaction in double-entry bookkeeping (which GNUCash uses). So if you move money from Bank Account A to Bank Account B, then you have two transfer records, one for each Account. One from Bank Account A saying $XXX money was withdrawn and one from Bank Account B saying $XXX money was deposited. In GNUCash, though, these two transfers are viewed as a single transaction: $XXX was moved from Bank Account A --> Bank Account B.

In Mint for example, if you export a CSV of all your transfer data, it will keep each transfer separate from the other, even though they are directly related and should be viewed as a single transaction. This package finds the separate transfers, figures out which ones correspond to each other, and puts their data together

Translates your CSV categories into a GNUCash account

Say your CSV has a category system attached to each transfer and you want that organization to be transferred into Mint without having to go one-by-one through every transfer and label them. This will do that by setting up the translation.json dictionary, which will take a transfer that is under a given category, and place it in the corresponding GNUCash account.

Use the get_uncat_transfers function to view any transactions that haven't been categorized. This can be useful to determine what translations you still need to add to translations.json. You can also use write_account_list to create a text file of all the accounts in a GNUCash book, this way you don't have to keep your GNUCash book open the whole time!


  • pandas
  • piecash (see note below about versioning)
  • Verified for Python 3.6, though should work for other versions


  • dfgui for pandas DataFrame visualization


See examples in ./example for how to use the module effectively.


The module takes data from a .csv file, translates information (such as category and account names) by referencing the translations.json dictionary, combines internal transfers (ie. moving money from savings account to checking account), and puts the translated data into the GNUCash Book of your choosing.

How to Use?:

1. Create your translations.json

This stores the information that will be translated from your csv to the GNUCash book. If a key:value pair does not match up with a category or account name in the csv, it will be placed into an "Uncategorized" setting.

Pre-2. Run get_compiled_transactions

I recommend doing this to make sure that all the transactions look ok. I recommend using dfgui as a way to view the DataFrames to make sure everything is looking right.

2. Run do_csv2cash!

This function will do all the work and edit your GNUCash book. If you want to, you can go step-by-step by using the individual commands at each step.

About translations.json:


The translations.json file has two dictionaries called "Categories" and "Accounts" that stores translations for category names and account names, respectively.

The "key" in each key:value pair is the string that will match the csv, while the "value" is the string that matches the name in the GNUCash Book.

If the "value" is set to "IGNORE", then that transfer (the row of the csv) will be ignored and will not be passed through to the rest of the functions.

Below is an example of a translations.json file:

        "Mortgage & Rent" : "Rent",
        "Sporting Goods" : "Hobbies",
        "Music" : "Music/Movies",
        "Uncategorized" : "Uncategorized",
        "Unwanted Transfers" : "IGNORE"
        "BofA Core Checking" : "Checking Account",
        "Regular Savings" : "Savings Account",
        "Cash" : "Cash in Wallet",
        "Roth Contributory IRA" : "Market Index",
        "Uncategorized" : "Uncategorized"


A few tools have been created in order to assist with the creation of the translations.json file. They are get_uncat_transfers and write_account_list.

get_uncat_transfers will return a pandas DataFrame will all the transfers who's modified category name is "Uncategorized" (which is the default if no applicable key:value pair is given). This can be viewed using dfgui to see what transfers still need translations. dfgui also has several helpful sorting features built-in.

write_account_list writes a text file with the account fullnames (see piecash documentation for account fullname definition) of the GNUCash Book specified. This gives a simple way to view what options you have to translate your transfers to.


Currently requires the use of a development version of piecash to work with GNUCash 3.X. You can install the new version currently (2018-06-18) through pip:

pip install git+

piecash has now merged the feature branch into it's master branch under version 1.0.0. If anyone can use this version and verify that it works, please let me know in issue #17.


Python package for importing CSV files to GNUCash








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