How to Use Yahoo Finance API in Python : Only 2 Steps

Yahoo Finance API Python Example

Do you want to download historial stocks data for free. If yes then this tutorial is for you. In this entire post I will show you yahoo finance api python example through step by step.

Why Yahoo Finance API ?

Yahoo finance have large datasets of historical financial dataset. It not only contains stocks prices but also other calculated metrics like beta that measures the voltality of a stock compare to the volatality of the entire stock market. Thats why it is great python module.

How to Install Yahoo Finance API ?

If you are beginners and not have installed it in your system, then you install it you pc using the pip command.

For Python 3.xx version
pip3 install yfinance

For python 2.xx verison
pip install yfinance

Step by Step Guide to use Yahoo Finance API in python

Step 1: Import all necessary python libraries.

In our example I will use two python modules one is yfinance and pandas. Lets import all of them.

import pandas as pd

import yfinance as yf

Step 2: Download the data from Yahoo Finance API

To download the data you have to use download() method . Inside the download method you have to pass the tickers(stock name) and date range. Date range is not necessary but for learning purpose I am setting date from last 60 days from the date of writing this post.

Execute the following code (yahoo finance python)

df_yahoo ='FB',


It will start downloading the data for the Facebook Stock. Here you can see I am passing FB Facbook ticker with start and end dates. To keep compatibility with older versions, auto_adjust defaults to False when using mass-download.

Please note that you are able to download data since 1950.

The output of the above code contains time-series data with open,close e.t.c of Facebook Stock.

Facebook Stock Data
Facebook Stock Data

Other Features of Yahoo Finance API Python

The above example was simple implementation of Yahoo Finance API. You can also do many other things using it. Some of them are.

Use of Multiple Tickers

You can also download two or more ticker simultaneously. Just pass the ticker as a list.

df_yahoo =['FB',"AAPL"],

You will get Open,High,Low,Close e.t.c for each Symbol.

Download data of Multiple Tickers
Downloading data of Multiple Tickers

Removing Adjusted Close Price

If you want to remove Adjust Close Price column then you can do so by setting auto_adjust= True. Execute the below code.

df_yahoo ='FB',


Downloading Stock Data without Adjusted Close Price
Downloading Stock Data without Adjusted Close Price

Downloading Stocks Dividends and Stock Split

You can dowload dividend and splits of stock by setting actions =”inline”. Just Execute the code and see the output.

df_yahoo ='FB',


Downloading Stocks Dividends and Stock Split
Downloading Stocks Dividends and Stock Split


END NOTES (yfinance python)

These are the steps to use yahoo finance api in python. After downloading it you can do many manipulation on the dataframe. For example converting prices to returns, visualising time-series data e.t.c.

Hope this article has helped you in understanding using yahoo finance api python example. If  you have any queries then you can contact us.

yahoo finance API
yahoo finance API


yfinance Github


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