Yahoo Finance API and Alternatives (Code and No Code)

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Yahoo Finance APIs are libraries, or APIs, or methods to obtain historical and real-time data for a variety of financial markets and products from Yahoo Finance. This is a way to retrieve the stock or financial data for companies programmatically.

This blog post sheds light on Yahoo Finance APIs, and some no-code alternatives which can help you get stock data on your Excel or Google Sheet spreadsheet. It offers market information about cryptocurrencies, regular currencies, stocks and bonds, fundamental and options data, and market analysis and news.

Please note that Yahoo had its own official API, however, it was shut down in 2017.

What is the Yahoo Finance API?

Yahoo Finance's website has a variety of historical and real-time data for various markets and securities. Yahoo Finance APIs are methods through which you can get that data.

The Pros and Cons of using Yahoo Finance API

Here are some of the pros and cons of using Yahoo Finance API:

Pros

  • You can sometimes use it for free. There are third-party APIs that charge for higher support, but even they have a free tiered option
  • There is a large reservoir of data. This covers stocks, crypto, commodities, foreign currencies, ETFs, and more, as well as, includes historical and real-time data
  • The data can be used in any of the available programming languages
  • It is quick and easy to use. They have functions in the modules that carry the heavy work load, such as automatically getting data into pandas data frames
  • You can intuitively set it up yourself. You can use a couple of lines of code to install libraries, set up an account to access personal API keys, and finally calling an API with a specific URL and keys

Cons

  • It is too simple – lacks the edge paid versions have e.g. Alpha Vantage
  • Sometimes it doesn't produce all the information wanted. This is opposed to solutions that use a mixture of direct API calls, HTML data scraping and pandas table scraping depending on the function and library/API in question
  • Since these aren't Yahoo official APIs, we can't guarantee if they would still work if Yahoo changes its website design and layout in the future
  • Unofficial APIs can sometimes get blacklisted. For making too many scrapes, they could get rate limited or blacklisted by Yahoo Finance at any time

How to access the Yahoo Finance API data

You can use 3 main Yahoo Finance API's depending on your use case and programming language preference.

RapidAPI

Rapid API

RapidAPI provides an API marketplace where you can access a wide variety of data using over 20 different programming languages.

The free version of this API allows 1,000 requests per hour. For more intensive users, paid plans are available, ranging from €10 to €300 per month, depending on the level of access and volume of requests needed.

One potential downside of this option remains the request limit and the fact that the API returns a lengthy JSON object. This means additional programming may be necessary to extract the specific data points required.

Despite its limitations, many highly regard the Yahoo Finance API on RapidAPI due to its extensive data range, which includes fundamentals, pricing, options, market news, and analysis.

yfinance api

Yfinance is a widely used, open-source project. It has a commendable range of market data on stocks, bonds, currencies and cryptocurrencies. It also offers market news, reports and analysis, as well as options and fundamentals data. It allows Python users to obtain both historical and real-time stock data from Yahoo Finance.

It is fairly easy to set up and install Yfinance. You simply need to run the following command in your console, provided you already have Python installed.

The library is quite user-friendly, simply enter the ticker you want to track and you can retrieve all data effortlessly.

Developers regularly update it. At the time of writing, they released the latest version on May 19, 2024.

However, it's important to note that unlike RapidAPI, yfinance does not provide access to stock news and analysis, which can be crucial for comprehensive stock analysis tasks.

Yahoo fin api

The last option is Yahoo_fin. Like Yfinance, you can easily get real-time and historical stock data using Python. Although it still lacks stock news and analysis data.

Which Open-Source Library is better?

The last two options come down to your personal preference and how you'd prefer to receive the financial data. Yfinance provides a simplified approach that some users prefer over the more elaborate Yahoo_fin, which contains many methods to access specific data.

Check out the documentation of each option below 

https://pypi.org/project/yfinance/

https://theautomatic.net/yahoo_fin-documentation/

Is the Yahoo Finance Stock API free?

The Yahoo Finance Stock API offers both free and paid options. The paid options come with additional options.

More specifically, the RapidAPI, which could be superior in terms of data and reliability, is free for up to 1,000 requests per hour, whereas Yfinance and Yahoo_fin are completely free.

Even though Yahoo Finance offers these last two options for free, you can still get blacklisted because they limit the number of requests. Also, you are still vulnerable to API changes that can make your code unusable.

For better alternatives, you can read our advice below.

Is the Yahoo Finance API the Best Way to get Stock Market Financial and Pricing data?

You need to ask yourself first what kind of analysis you want to do. Second, you need to be sure whether you are willing to code for it.

Answering these questions will help you learn the best API alternatives and no-code option.

API Alternative

API alternatives offer the benefit of assuring that your code will work. This is because the API is unlikely to change and you can potentially have a lot more requests per month for a lower cost. Moreover, these API's may include data not available on the Yahoo Finance API's. We have included one of the best alternatives below, but here is our full review of API options.

Iexcloud

lexcloud api

Similar to Yahoo Finance, Iexcloud offers a huge range of data available; this includes both real-time and historical stock data.

Lexcloud suits those who build their own mobile and web applications, providing an extremely low latency response and low downtime.

It might be a bit tricky to navigate pricing, so before deciding on which option you want to settle on, you should get familiar with the pricing structure to see if it is worth it for you.

Wisesheets (No Code)

For investors that are looking to perform a no-code stock analysis, Wisesheets is the best option. With Wisesheets, you can get up to 20 years of historical financials, key metrics, and growth metrics on different tabs on your spreadsheet by entering the ticker.

Wiseprice stock price

And if real-time data is critical to you, you can use the =WISEPRICE to access real-time data such as volume, price, PE, etc., and press the refresh button to update it right when needed.

Wiseprice wisesheets price, PE and market cap of MSFT, AMZN, NFLX, and AAPL

The pricing for Wisesheets is simple, at $60 for a whole year of access, it is available both on Excel (Mac and Windows) and Google Sheets.

Get a free trial account to see how Wisesheets can help you on this link.

Conclusion

There are a number of Yahoo Finance APIs available in the market that give you both free and paid options. However, your preference entirely depends on the type of analysis you want to perform and whether you are willing to code or not. For those that want a hassle-free, no-code option, Wisesheets seems to be an attractive choice.

Guillermo Valles
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Hello! I'm a finance enthusiast who fell in love with the world of finance at 15, devouring Warren Buffet's books and streaming Berkshire Hathaway meetings like a true fan.

I started my career in the industry at one of Canada's largest REITs, where I honed my skills analyzing and facilitating over a billion dollars in commercial real estate deals.

My passion led me to the stock market, but I quickly found myself spending more time gathering data than analyzing companies.

That's when my team and I created Wisesheets, a tool designed to automate the stock data gathering process, with the ultimate goal of helping anyone quickly find good investment opportunities.

Today, I juggle improving Wisesheets and tending to my stock portfolio, which I like to think of as a garden of assets and dividends. My journey from a finance-loving teenager to a tech entrepreneur has been a thrilling ride, full of surprises and lessons.

I'm excited for what's next and look forward to sharing my passion for finance and investing with others!

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