How to integrate Yahoo Finance with Google Sheets

Yahoo Finance provides financial news, data and commentary including stock quotes, press releases, financial reports, and original content. We can use the Yahoo Finance API to import data from Yahoo Finance into Google Sheets. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to connect the Yahoo Finance REST API to Google Sheets in 5 steps:

  1. Install the Apipheny Google Sheets add-on
  2. Obtain an API key
  3. Choose a Yahoo Finance API endpoint
  4. Enter the Yahoo Finance API request into Apipheny
  5.  Run the Yahoo Finance API request in your Google Sheets

Step 1.) Install and open the Apipheny add-on for Google Sheets

Apipheny is an API connector for Google Sheets. You can use Apipheny to connect your Google Sheets to unlimited API data sources, make unlimited API requests, and more. There is a 30 day free trial included.

1.) Install Apipheny by opening the following link on desktop and then clicking the Install button in the Google Marketplace: https://apipheny.io/install

2.) After you’ve installed Apipheny, open a Google Sheet and then click on the Extensions dropdown in the menu at the top.

In the dropdown list you should see Apipheny. Click Apipheny then click Import API to open the Apipheny sidebar in your Google Sheet.

open apipheny

Tip: you can open a new Google Sheet by entering this URL in your browser: sheet.new

Step 2.) Obtain an API key

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE YAHOO FINANCE API EXAMPLE USED IN THIS TUTORIAL IS NO LONGER IN SERVICE. YOU CAN FIND MORE YAHOO FINANCE APIs HERE:

- https://rapidapi.com/search/yahoo%20finance
- https://www.google.com/search?q=yahoo+finance+api

The rest of this tutorial uses an API that is no longer in service, but you can follow the same steps for any other API on RapidAPI.

In this tutorial we are using the Yahoo Finance API available at RapidAPI.com.

After creating a Rapid API developer account or logging in to your account (https://rapidapi.com/hub), go to the Yahoo Finance API pricing page (https://rapidapi.com/apidojo/api/yahoo-finance1/pricing) and select a pricing plan. In this tutorial we used the Basic plan.

Developer account section
Developer account section

After signing up for a plan, navigate to the Endpoints tab where you will see X-RapidAPI-Key and X-RapidAPI-Host:

Endpoints menu item
Endpoints menu item

Copy these values to a safe location because you’ll need them in the next steps.

Step 3.) Choose an endpoint

In this section, we’ll show you how to browse the available endpoints to find an API URL that retrieves the specific data you need from Yahoo Finance. If you already know your API URL, or you want to use the same example URL as us, just skip to Step 4.

First, open the Yahoo Finance API documentation page: https://rapidapi.com/apidojo/api/yahoo-finance1/

The menu on the left contains the Yahoo Finance API’s endpoints:

Yahoo Finance API documentation page
Yahoo Finance API documentation page

In this case, we will describe the GET conversation/list endpoint which lists conversations relating to a symbol:

https://apidojo-yahoo-finance-v1.p.rapidapi.com/conversations/list?symbol=AAPL&messageBoardId=finmb_24937&region=US&userActivity=true&sortBy=createdAt&off=0

In the Code Snippets section of the page, choose Shell => cURL to display the cURL command for the endpoint. This will help us make the request.

The documentation for this endpoint contains its HTTP method and URL path, a short description of the endpoint’s purpose, the header parameters, the required and optional parameters and the cURL command:

Get conversations/list endpoint
Get conversations/list endpoint

All API calls to the Yahoo Finance API should be made using the https://apidojo-yahoo-finance-v1.p.rapidapi.com/ base domain. All endpoints and parameters would be appended to this base domain.

Step 4.) Enter your Yahoo Finance API request into the Apipheny add-on

Okay, we’re in the home stretch. Now go back to your Google Sheet and make sure that the Apipheny add-on is open on the Import tab. With the Import Tab open, enter these details into the add-on:

Method: At the top of the Apipheny sidebar, select the HTTP method (GET or POST) as required by your Yahoo Finance API endpoint. For this example, we are using the GET method.

API URL: In Step 3, I explained how you can find the Yahoo Finance API endpoint that you need. Now copy the complete API URL into the Apipheny add-on, where it says API URL Path, followed by any GET parameters required for your query.

For this example, we are using the GET auto-complete endpoint, that gets auto complete suggestions by term or phrase. The corresponding URL for this endpoint is:

https://apidojo-yahoo-finance-v1.p.rapidapi.com/auto-complete?q=tesla&region=US

If you use this same URL, don’t forget to replace the q and region parameter values (the bolded values) with your own if you want.

In the Headers of the Apipheny add-on section, add two rows with the following keys and values:

Header 1
Key
X-RapidAPI-Host
Value
apidojo-yahoo-finance-v1.p.rapidapi.com

Header 2
Key
X-RapidAPI-Key
Value
your_API_key

Replace your_API_Key with the key you previously obtained in Step 2, like so:

  Yahoo Finance API request entered into Apipheny
Yahoo Finance API request entered into Apipheny

Step 5.) Run the Yahoo Finance API Request in your Google Sheet

The last step is to click the Run button at the bottom of the Apipheny add-on and then your Yahoo Finance data will be imported into your Google Sheet.

  Yahoo Finance data imported into Google Sheets
Yahoo Finance data imported into Google Sheets

After making a successful request to the Yahoo Finance API, try querying a different Yahoo Finance API endpoint, or try using one of the more advanced features in the Apipheny add-on.


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