Sometimes you may need to move your financial data and
GnuCash settings to another machine. Typical
use cases are when you buy a new computer or if you want to use the same settings over two
different operating systems in a dual boot configuration.
GnuCash financial data is a as simple as copying
.gnucash files with a
file manager if you know where they are saved. If you can’t remember where a file is
stored but you can open it directly within
GnuCash, save it in the desired path from within
All other files in the folder are either backups or log files. It won’t do any harm to copy them too, but it’s not likely to do any good, either.
Preferences are stored in three different locations: one for
GnuCash preferences, one for reports, and
one for online banking settings. Preferences are managed by
gsettings, reports are managed by
GnuCash itself, and online
banking is managed by
aqbanking. If you do not use online
banking, then you will not have this folder on your machine.
GnuCash preferences are stored varies depending on your operating system (see
Table 2.3, “Application Settings Locations”, Table 2.4, “Saved Reports Locations”, and
Table 2.5, “Online Banking Settings Locations”). To back up and transfer your entire installation, you must
copy these preferences as well.
Table 2.3. Application Settings Locations
The preferences are stored in the |
Table 2.4. Saved Reports Locations
Table 2.5. Online Banking Settings Locations
On Unix and
On Unix and