Prior to the update to version 3 (ie, the 2.6 branch), all my funds were tracked with decimal values. Now, they're all fractions... and odd ones, at that.

Do I really care that shares went from trading at 45 + 5/6, then went down to 44 + 47/117, and finally traded at 46 + 4/11?

No. No, I don't.

I want the decimal values. They mean more to me, and they're actually how I'm entering my data anyway.

Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to turn this off. Please, how do I get my sanity back?

  • Um yep - strange. For what it's worth, as soon as you click to edit, the decimal value is displayed for editing. But still, I'm yet to see a broker report prices in that format. I'm guessing somebody went rogue on this one. Posted to gnucash-users - if an answer is to be had, it will be had there relatively quickly.
    – Andy
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 4:46

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To follow up in 2019, gnucash version 3.3 and later have fixed the bug discussed in the other answer by Geert Janssens. But you must go to Preferences -> General and select Force Prices to display as decimals. This will cause the prices to be rounded.


Just noticed that in Gnucash 4.2. Awful. Annoying. Not only are the fractions hard to read, they take up twice as much space!

The preference is now Numbers, Date, Time > Force prices to display as decimal. Like Benjamin, I got my sanity back. This should be the default.

  • @BobBaerker This answer provides the updated location of the preference asked about. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 13:16

This is a bug:


Unfortunately nobody has found time to fix it yet...

  • Updated thread: bugs.gnucash.org/show_bug.cgi?id=794755 Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 14:08
  • If I read the thread right, a fix is going out in the nightlies. I'd expect it to make it to release in the next minor version or three. Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 14:09
  • @BenjaminChambers: Just today, prices started displaying as fractions for me. I had to manually choose the "force decimals" option.
    – Tony
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 3:10
  • 3 years later (version 4.5) and it's still there. Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 17:19

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