Note: Both the Microsoft Windows and MacOS X GnuCash packages include update tools for Finance::Quote. In Windows it's called "Install Online Banking" and it's located in the GnuCash group in the Start Menu. In OS X it's "Update Finance::Quote" and it's in the dmg along with GnuCash.
Note: Because websites change frequently we advise you to keep Finance::Quote up-to-date. You can re-run the Windows or OS X installation tools as often as you like or you can use CPAN as explained below.
- Unix (Linux, Solaris, AIX, HPUX,...): You probably already have perl installed. Type
perl -von a command line to get the version number. If not, use your package manager to install it.
- Mac OS X already has Perl installed. Open a Terminal application (in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder) and run
perl -vto the version number.
- Windows: <to be moved from Windows#Finance::Quote etc.>
- While unixoid operating systems use a shebang
#!to associate perl scripts with the perl interpreter others might fail. So, if you get an error like
gnc-fq-dump --help is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file
you should repeat the command with a preceeding perl:
perl gnc-fq-dump --help
You need to install several Perl modules to get online quotes. While the error message may be about Finance::Quote not being installed properly, that module alone is not sufficient.
- You can check the version and the list of available modules by running
from the command line.
- If F::Q is missing or outdated, you need to install or update it. It can be done with
perl -MCPAN -e shell install Finance::Quote
You also need
But there are easier ways depending on your operating system:
- FAQ#Q: How do I install Finance::Quote on a Mac?
- FAQ#Q: How do I fix a system error when getting stock quotes?
- If there is no recent perl-finance-quote offered by your package manager do the following:
- As root (su / sudo) run the GnuCash Finance Quote update script
- It will install Finance::Quote and its dependencies.
- Some (Ubuntu based) distributions removed it from the package. In this case you can download it from github.
- In the first line replace @-PERL-@ with the path to your perl executable, e.g., /usr/bin/perl and mark the file as executable.
- A discussion of how to set it up (in Ubuntu) can be found at .
That script, as of 2.6.12, uses CPAN to install:
Then read the instructions.
Warning About Open Files
Updating quotes will modify the GNUCash file/database. As multi-user access is not supported, 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
or on MacOSX:
/Applications/Gnucash.app/Contents/MacOS/Gnucash --add-price-quotes /Users/<username>/Documents/test.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 http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ 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
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
You can get the path by running:
perldoc -lm Finance::Quote
(Tested on Linux. Please update for: MacOS, Windows)