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
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.
There are three different folders with supporting files: one for
one for reports, and one for online banking settings. Preferences are managed by
gconf, reports are managed by
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.
The paths where the
GnuCash preferences files are stored vary
depending on your operating system (see Table 2.1, “Application Settings Locations”, Table 2.2, “Saved Reports Locations”, and
Table 2.3, “Online Banking Settings Locations”). To back up and transfer your entire installation, you must copy
these folders as well.
Table 2.1. Application Settings Locations
Table 2.2. Saved Reports Locations
Table 2.3. Online Banking Settings Locations
On Unix and Mac OSX, these folders will generally not display in the file manager. You must set the file manager to show hidden files and folders to see them.
On Unix and Mac OSX, the ~ symbol means the