As you may have heard, Yahoo! finance has decommissioned its historical data API, causing many programs that relied on it to stop working. However...

Today I've releases a small Python library called fix-yahoo-finance that aims to offer a temporary fix to the problem by scraping the data from Yahoo! finance and returning a Pandas DataFrame/Panel in the same format as pandas_datareader's get_data_yahoo() method.

Here's how to use it

from pandas_datareader import data as pdr
import fix_yahoo_finance  # <== that's all it takes :-)

# download dataframe
data = pdr.get_data_yahoo("SPY",
                          start="2017-01-01", end="2017-04-30")

# download Panel
data = pdr.get_data_yahoo(["SPY", "IWM"],
                          start="2017-01-01", end="2017-04-30")

I've also added some options to make life easier, like groupping by ticker instead of OHLC and auto-adjustment of data and option to return a Pandas Panel or a MultiIndex DataFrame.

=> Visit the Github repository for more info and installation instructions.

* Note that this library in intented to be a temporary fix until the good fellas of pandas-datareader find a solution, or while you update your code to work with a different data provider.


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