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Financial tools by jaraco

Project description

Overview implements tools for financial management, particularly around Open Financial Exchange and Microsoft Money. These scripts help facilitate the continued use of Money using the free, sunset release, by enabling mechanical downloads of OFX data from institutions that support OFX. is written by Jason R. Coombs. It is licensed under an MIT-style permissive license.

You can install it with easy_install, or grab the code from the mercurial repository.

Getting Started

The primary use of this package is the ofx command. After installing, run ofx –help for usage. Before using the project, you will want to supply institution and account information. See below for details on defining these input files.

This project is still a work in progress, but if you think you might find it useful, don’t hesitate to contact the author for help.

Planned Changes

The author plans to add some of the following features:

  • Integrate some of the most common institutions.

Accounts File

The “ofx download-all” command of will retrieve the OFX transactions in a batch for a group of accounts defined in a YAML file. Currently, that file must be located in ~/Documents/Financial/accounts.yaml. The file should be a list of objects, each with institution and account attributes. It should also have a type property of “checking”, “savings”, “creditline”, or other appropriate OFX type. The institution must match exactly an institution as defined below. Here is an example accounts.yaml:

- institution: Bank of America
  account: "12345679"
  type: savings

- institution: Wells Fargo
  account: "872634126"
  type: moneymrkt

- institution: Chase (credit card)
  account: "4000111122223333"
  username: myusername

The username attribute must be included if the username of the local user (running the ofx command) differs from the account name on the account.

Institutions Definition

Institution definitions can be provided in a YAML format in the file ~/Documents/Financial/institutions.yaml. The following is an example definition for a credit card:

Chase (credit card):
  fid: "10898"
  fiorg: B1

To check that your institutions are being loaded correctly, use the ofx list-institutions command.



  • Improved Python 3 support in more modules.


  • Added support for updating the password in the keyring.


  • YAML format is now the preferred format for accounts definitions. Support for JSON-formatted accounts definitions is still supported but deprecated.


  • Added support for loading institutions from a YAML file (requires PyYAML to be installed).
  • Added the ofx command list-institutions.


  • Added support for launching downloaded ofx in money.
  • Now validate downloaded OFX using ofxparse.
  • Added –like parameter to download all to download a subset of accounts.


  • Added routine for patching msmoney.exe for a bug revealed by Windows 8.


  • ofx script now implements different commands. Where one called “ofx” before, now call “ofx query”.
  • Added new command “ofx download-all”, which loads the accounts from a JSON file (~/Documents/Financial/accounts.json) and downloads transactions for the accounts listed in that file.
  • Added command “record-document-hashes” for e-mailing record of the hashes of each document.


  • Integrated OFX support based on scripts provided by Jeremy Jongsma. Includes ability to specify financial institutions as plugins and download OFX data via the command-line script ofx.
  • Added keyring support, so credentials for financial institutions are stored securely within the Windows Vault.
  • Added command to clean up temporary files that crash MS Money.


  • Initial release with script for launching files in MS Money.

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