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A Python application used to pull data from the US Federal Reserve.

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United States Federal Reserve API

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Current Version

Version: 0.1.0


What is FRED? Short for Federal Reserve Economic Data, FRED is an online database consisting of hundred of thousands of economic data time series from scores of national, international, public, and private sources. FRED, created and maintained by the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, goes far beyond simply providing data: It combines data with a powerful mix of tools that help the user understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data. In essence, FRED helps users tell their data stories. The purpose of this article is to guide the potential (or current) FRED user through the various aspects and tools of the database.

This library will give you the capability to query data from FRED using Python. To get started using this library all you need is an API key. To register for an API Key please go the developers resources provided by Fred.


Setup - Requirements Install:

For this particular project, you only need to install the dependencies, to use the project. The dependencies are listed in the requirements.txt file and can be installed by running the following command:

pip install -r requirements.txt

After running that command, the dependencies should be installed.

Setup - Local Install:

If you are planning to make modifications to this project or you would like to access it before it has been indexed on PyPi. I would recommend you either install this project in editable mode or do a local install. For those of you, who want to make modifications to this project. I would recommend you install the library in editable mode.

If you want to install the library in editable mode, make sure to run the file, so you can install any dependencies you may need. To run the file, run the following command in your terminal.

pip install -e .

If you don't plan to make any modifications to the project but still want to use it across your different projects, then do a local install.

pip install .

This will install all the dependencies listed in the file. Once done you can use the library wherever you want.

Setup - PyPi Install:

To install the library, run the following command from the terminal.

pip install federal-reserve-python-api

Setup - PyPi Upgrade:

To upgrade the library, run the following command from the terminal.

pip install --upgrade federal-reserve-python-api


Here is a simple example of using the fred library to query some category data.

from pprint import pprint
from configparser import ConfigParser
from fred.client import FederalReserveClient

# Initialize the Parser.
config = ConfigParser()

# Read the file.'config/config.ini')

# Get the specified credentials.
api_key = config.get('main', 'api_key')

# Initialize the Client.
fred_client = FederalReserveClient(api_key=api_key)

# Initialize the Categories Service.
categories_service = fred_client.categories()

# Grab a category by it's ID.

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