Intrinio offers the API Explorer, a tool that makes it easier to check out the data types available in Intrinio's Marketplace. The API Explorer lets users select the data they would like to see and the companies they would like to see it for, and then outputs that data as well as the Excel, CSV, and API syntax that would be needed to access that information using other tools. This article explains what the API explorer is, how to use it, and why we created it.

WHAT IS THE API EXPLORER?

Intrinio sells many kinds of data: stock prices, analyst estimates, insider, economic – the list is constantly growing. This is great because "a la cart" data is much more affordable than all you can eat plans, but it can be overwhelming to sift through all of the data types. How can you find out which data types are available or how to sample those data types to see if they fit your needs?

The API Explorer makes it easier for users to "explore" the data that Intrinio provides. You can select a data type, like "prices" or "news", an access method, such as "Excel" or "API", and then the data you want to see appears with the click of a button. One way users take advantage of this tool is to see if the data they are looking for is right for them - in other words, to sample the data.

Others use the tool to build the syntax they need in Excel or API. For example, in Excel, to get the latest marketcap for Apple, you would type this:

=IntrinioDataPoint("AAPL","marketcap")

In the API, you would type this:

https://api.intrinio.com/data_point?ticker=AAPL&item=marketcap

Once you get the hang of it, that syntax isn't so bad, but learning it can be quite complicated. Pulling historical data can be mind bending if you've never done it before:

https://api.intrinio.com/historical_data?identifier=$SPY&item=close_price&start_date=2014-01-01&end_date=2015-01-01

The API explorer outputs this syntax for you so you don't have to. The point is to make it easier to explore the data, so you know if the data feed you are interested in is right for you, and also to make it easier to access that data by building the syntax for you.

HOW DO YOU USE THE API EXPLORER?

The API Explorer includes everything you need to sample Intrinio Data and get the syntax used in other tools.

In the image above, you can see different links for Excel and CSV download. Simply select the link that represents the access method you prefer. Analysts usually work in Excel and developers usually work with the API. When using the API Explorer, you simply click on the parameters to change them to include the data you'd like.

Clicking on "Identifier" allows you to search for the stock, stock exchange, or other security you want data for:

The "Parameters" inputs allow you to search for the security you want to pull data for. Just click "Identifier" to search Intrinio's coverage for the stock you want. To change the data you get for that security just click "Item." If you want to get marketcap for Snapchat, you can search for "Snap" and "marketcap," and then hit "execute."

In the results area, you can see the JSON response and you can copy the HTTP request URL if I am an API user. If I change to the Excel link, I see the results as they would appear in Excel and can copy the Excel formula by clicking the clipboard icon.

With CSV download, click the "Download" tab, under the result box, to download the file to your computer. The API Explorer makes it easy to download to CSV - just enter parameters, hit execute and then download.

Using these very straightforward steps, you can explore all of Intrinio's data and, for users of Intrinio's other access methods,  get the correct syntax to pull data into your analyses. The API Explorer breaks complicated syntax into simple steps, taking the confusion out of accessing Intrinio data.

WHY DID INTRINIO CREATE THE API EXPLORER?

Independent investors didn't exist 20 years ago in any large capacity. Independent fintech developers didn't exist five years ago. In both cases, financial data was too expensive for anyone without bottomless funding. Intrinio's mission is to change that, making financial data affordable and accessible. We know we are succeeding at the affordable part because each day we see dozens of indie developers signing up for our platform and creating apps for indie investors.

Affordable data is still hard to use unless it's accessible, and one barrier to access is learning the syntax required to get the data in the right format. Our support team has helped thousands of developers figure out how to make API calls and thousands more Excel users figure out how to pull data into Excel. The API Explorer was built to make life easier for those users.

By clicking the clipboard icon in the Data Explorer, users can copy the syntax they need and paste it right into their code or spreadsheets. Instead of sifting through documentation, those users have a tool that transforms their ideas into data. That makes Intrinio's data more accessible, meaning more people can become independent investors. And that is why Intrinio exists.

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