How to Load Historical Stock Prices from Google Finance to CSV
Updated: August 28, 2019
This article is archived. Google stopped publishing finance data via API in 2018.
You have free alternatives: MSN Money and Yahoo Finance.
If you are looking for historical stock prices in Microsoft Excel, try MARKET.RTD.
You will find workbook samples that show how to load historical and intraday prices, financial data and statistics, US stock options.
If you are looking for CSV data, you can read these articles:
- How to Load Historical Stock Prices from MSN Money to CSV
- How to Load Historical Stock Prices from Yahoo Finance to CSV
Also, you can try the command-line tool, gsqlcmd.
Its package also includes a lot of examples to load historical prices, financial data, and options.
- Historical Prices at Google Finance
- URLs to Download Historical Prices from Google Finance
- Loading Historical Prices from Google Finance with Batch Files
- Undocumented URLs to Download Historical Prices from Google Finance
- Downloading Historical Prices from Google Finance using MARKET.CSV
Historical Prices at Google Finance
You can open https://www.google.com/finance/, search a ticker like GOOGL, and click the 'Historical prices' link on the left panel.
You can use URLs like https://www.google.com/finance//historical?q=GOOGL to open pages with historical prices directly.
You can download the historical prices to a CSV file using the 'Download to spreadsheet' link on the right panel.
You can download data for the required selected period.
Unfortunately, Google allows loading historical prices using download utilities for the one last year only.
URLs to Download Historical Prices from Google Finance
You can download historical prices from Google Finance with download utilities using URLs like this:
You can use any free tool like CURL to download data.
We recommend you try gsqlcmd, a specialized download and parser utility.
For example, you can download data using the command like this:
gsqlcmd convert "http://www.google.com/finance/historical?q=GOOGL&output=csv" googl.csv /add=Symb=GOOGL /quoteChar=
gsqlcmd has special useful options like /add and /quoteChar to convert loaded data.
For example, the source data look like this:
Date,Open,High,Low,Close,Volume 19-May-17,952.82,959.56,952.00,954.65,1360299 18-May-17,943.20,954.18,941.27,950.50,1800465 17-May-17,959.70,960.99,940.06,942.17,2449058
The result of gsqlcmd looks like this:
Symb;Date;Open;High;Low;Close;Volume GOOGL;2017-05-19;952.82;959.56;952;954.65;1360299 GOOGL;2017-05-18;943.2;954.18;941.27;950.5;1800465 GOOGL;2017-05-17;959.7;960.99;940.06;942.17;2449058
So, you can get CSV data suitable for further import to a database without additional conversions.
Loading Historical Prices from Google Finance with Batch Files
You can create a simple batch file to load historical prices for a list of tickers with any command line download utility.
Create a text file like 'tickers.txt' and place tickers one by line like:
AAPL FB GOOGL
Create a batch file like 'load.cmd' with the following commands:
@echo off @for /F %%i in (tickers.txt) do ( gsqlcmd convert "http://www.google.com/finance/historical?q=%%i&output=csv" %%i.CSV ^ /add=Symb=%%i /quoteChar= /delay=200 /echoOutputFileName )
Run it. You will see the result:
AAPL.CSV - 251 rows FB.CSV - 251 rows GOOGL.CSV - 251 rows
Pay attention to the /delay parameter. Use the delay to avoid banning your IP due to frequent multiple automatic requests.
Undocumented URLs to Download Historical Prices from Google Finance
Google has an undocumented web service that returns historical and intraday prices in a specific text format.
You can download data. However, you need a special parser like MARKET.CSV to convert results to CSV.
URLs for daily and weekly historical prices:
URLs for 1, 5, 15, 30, and 60-minute intraday prices:
http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?q=GOOGL&i=60&p=1d&f=d,c,v,o,h,l http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?q=GOOGL&i=300&p=5d&f=d,c,v,o,h,l http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?q=GOOGL&i=900&p=5d&f=d,c,v,o,h,l http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?q=GOOGL&i=1800&p=30d&f=d,c,v,o,h,l http://www.google.com/finance/getprices?q=GOOGL&i=3600&p=30d&f=d,c,v,o,h,l
Downloading Historical Prices from Google Finance using MARKET.CSV
MARKET.CSV is a specialized tool for loading data from Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, and MSN Money.
You place the required tickers to a file like tickers.txt.
^VIX SPY AAPL NYSE:BRK.B RIO.L GBPUSD
Then you execute commands to download data using the required data providers:
market.csv.exe download GoogleHistoricalPricesDaily market.csv.exe download GoogleHistoricalPricesWeekly market.csv.exe download GoogleIntradayPrices1m market.csv.exe download GoogleIntradayPrices5m market.csv.exe download GoogleIntradayPrices15m market.csv.exe download GoogleIntradayPrices30m market.csv.exe download GoogleIntradayPrices60m
The tool downloads data, archives the data to zip files, and converts the data to CSV.
You can get results in the output files like GoogleHistoricalPricesDaily.csv, GoogleHistoricalPricesWeekly.csv, etc.
Moreover, MARKET.CSV includes ready-to-use SQL codes and format files to import CSV data into a Microsoft SQL Server database.
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