Online Quotes

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GnuCash can update your price database by fetching quotes online via the Perl module Finance::Quote.


You need to install several Perl modules in order to get online quotes. While the error message may be about Finance::Quote not being installed properly, that module alone is not sufficient. If it has been installed on your system, the script gnc-fq-update may be used to install the modules needed. If it has not been installed on your system, you can download it from [1]. A discussion of how to set it up (in Ubuntu) can be found at [2].

That script, as of 2.4.0, uses CPAN to install:

  • LWP
  • Date::Manip
  • HTML::Parser
  • HTML::TableExtract
  • Crypt::SSLeay
  • Finance::Quote

Then read the instructions.

Warning About Open Files

Updating quotes will modify the GNUCash file/database. As multi-user access is not supported (as of 2.4), the file/database should be closed prior to updating quotes.

cron and Non-X Usage

If you attempt to run

gnucash --add-price-quotes /path/to/file.gnucash

without dbus running (for example, from a cron job or ssh without X forwarding), you may get errors such as

GConf Error: Failed to contact configuration server; the most common cause is a missing or misconfigured D-Bus session bus daemon. 
See for information. 
(Details -  1: Not running within active session)

One resolution for this, courtesy of SyncEvolution - The Missing Link, is to launch dbus for the duration of the quote retrieval with a cron command similar to

env `dbus-launch` sh -c 'trap "kill $DBUS_SESSION_BUS_PID" EXIT; gnucash --add-price-quotes /path/to/file.gnucash'

Note: This has been documented in Bug #639776

Technical Details

Where the files are stored depends on your OS/Distro:

  • Linux depends on the way it was installed:
    • by package manager: /usr/share/perl5/[vendor/]Finance/Quote
    • by CPAN or gnc-fq-update: /usr/share/perl5/site/Finance/Quote
    • self compiled: /usr/local/share/perl/5.xx.x/Finance/Quote
  • Windows: C:\Perl\site\lib\Finance\Quote