Yahoo Historical Data Download

Please note: Yahoo Finance currently limits historical data downloads depending on the resolution of data required:

  • Minute Data: 7 days
  • 2 Minute Data: 60 days
  • 5 Minute Data: 60 days
  • 15 Minute Data: 60 days
  • 30 Minute Data: 60 days
  • Hourly Data: 730 days
  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly: No limit

The Add-in enables on-demand downloading of historical data from Yahoo Finance into Excel.

There are three different ways to get historical data into your Excel spreadsheet:

Single historical price in an Excel cell

If you want just a single historic data point in an Excel cell then you can use this formula:

=EPF.Yahoo.Historic.Close("TSLA", "1 May 2019")

Which will put the close price of Tesla stock on 1 May 2019 into the current cell, as shown below:

Yahoo Fianance Historical stock data in an Excel cell

More historical formulas for single cells can be found here: Formula Reference: Yahoo Finance

Multiple historical prices (time series) in Excel using formulas

To download a historical timeseries into Excel you can use an Array Formula such as:

=EPF.Yahoo.HistoricDailyLookback("MSFT",10,"DESC",TRUE)

Which will download the last 10 days of price history for Microsoft stock, including Open, High, Low, Close and Volume. Note that this formula "looks back" 10 days so each time you refresh the sheet the last 10 trading days of historical data will be downloaded.

For example, this is the result of refreshing the sheet on the 19th February 2020:

Yahoo Fianance Historical stock time series data in Excel

This is very useful for backtesting trading strategies or providing trading signals based on Excel based logic. More formulas for historical timeseries can be found here: Array Formulas: Yahoo Finance

Multiple historical prices in Excel without formulas

You can download historical data without using formulas at all, which is great for a one-off or ad-hoc download of historical prices.

To get started, launch the Configuration Pane and search for the instrument in the Search box on the Yahoo Finance tab. Select the instrument, for example here Apple Inc. (AAPL) is selected:

Yahoo Finance Historical Data Download to Excel Screen

Next, you need to specify the type of data you wish to download:

  • Resolution: Select a resolution for the data you require, for example "1 Minute", "5 Minute", "30 Minute", "1 Hour", "Weekly" etc.
  • Range: You need to specify a date range. There are limits to how much data is available for each resolution (see above).
  • Fields: Select which fields you would like to download, out of High, Low, Open, Close and Volume. The symbol itself can also be returned.

Ensure the cell where you would like the data to be downloaded to is selected in your spreadsheet.

Press the "Download Data" button and the requested historical data will be downloaded from Yahoo Finance into your spreadsheet:

Yahoo Fianance Historical AAPL data in an Excel spreadsheet