Get Stock Quotes From Command Line

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When I conned my way into my first professional programming gig, I didn't really think much about money -- just that I was getting my foot in the door.  But as my career has gone on, I've been more aware of money, investing, and retirement.  I've recently regretfully gotten into stock trading -- you can imagine how many times a day I hit the ole F5 to see updated quotes, praying my investments push higher.

I also spend a large part of my day in iTerm, so switching back and forth between the browser and the terminal is time-consuming and annoying.  I looked for a way to get stock quotes from the command line, and thanks to Yahoo, it's a simple process!

Get Current Price

Since cURL is amazing and easy to use, we'll roll with that:

#One stock
curl -s 'http://download.finance.yahoo.com/d/quotes.csv?s=aapl&f=l1'

#Multiple stocks, separated by comma
curl -s 'http://download.finance.yahoo.com/d/quotes.csv?s=aapl,meip&f=l1'

Yahoo! Finance's information, which is fairly "real time", provides quotes within the s parameter and the f parameter of l1 provides the formatted result.

Get Current Price with Change

If you'd like to know the amount changed on the day, tag c1 to the f parameter:

curl -s 'http://download.finance.yahoo.com/d/quotes.csv?s=aapl&f=l1c1'

Not needing to jump over to the browser to get stock quotes has been nice...especially if the market is having a down day and you don't want to see a screen of red.  Booooo.

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Discussion

  1. Suraj

    Is there a way to get quotes of multiple stocks from the same command?

    • I’ve updated my first example to show how to get multiple stocks! (separate by comma)

  2. Alper

    On Windows you may need to replace the single quotes with double quotes.

  3. I wrote you a simple shell script to use.

    https://gist.github.com/chrisopedia/1e30869645aab537be12

  4. Awesome share! Thank you.

  5. Harrison Delfino

    Using MarketXLS works for me. Its great.
    http://marketxls.com/stock-quotes-in-excel/

  6. Mike

    Any luck pulling an index?

  7. Before May 2017, I used Yahoo Finance, and it was great, but at the moment Yahoo! closed free access and I switched to https://eodhistoricaldata.com, highly recommend them, you can easy get everything, they have examples for Excel, python, R and even Matlab. Creating console example is very easy:

    curl -s "https://eodhistoricaldata.com/api/eod/AAPL.US?from=2017-01-05&to=2017-02-10&api_token=OeAFFmMliFG5orCUuwAKQ8l4WWFQ67YX&period=d"
    
  8. Joseph Spenner

    Just whipped this up using marketwatch.com. ie, for AAPL:

     curl -s https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/aapl |grep '<meta name="price" content="' |cut -d'"' -f4
    
  9. JF

    If I use your command:

    curl -s 'http://download.finance.yahoo.com/d/quotes.csv?s=tsla&f=l1'
    

    And nothing is return, am I missing something ?

    I just want to put TESLA stock value within my ” conky config / to show that on my desktop

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