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Library for working with Open Financial Exchange (OFX) formatted data used by financial institutions

Project description

ofxtools is a Python library for working with Open Financial Exchange (OFX) data - both OFXv1 (SGML) and OFXv2 (pure XML) - which is the standard format for downloading financial information from banks and stockbrokers.

ofxtools is compatible with Python version 2.7+ and 3.1+. It depends on Requests .

The primary facilities provided include:

  • The OFXClient class; which dowloads OFX statements from the Internet;
  • The OFXTree class; which parses OFX data into a standard Python ElementTree structure, then converts the parsed data into normal Python types (e.g. datetime.datetime, list) and exposes them through more Pythonic attribute access (e.g. OFX.statements[0].ledgerbal); and
  • A (deprecated) ofxalchemy object model that persists OFX data in an SQL database where they can be queried.


ofxtools is released on PyPI, so it can be installed simply via:

pip install ofxtools

To install the most recent prerelease (which is where the magic happens, and also the bugs), you can download the current master, unzip it, and install via the included setup file:

python install

In addition to the Python package, this will also install a script ofxget in ~/.local/bin, and its sample configuration file in ~/.config/ofxtools.

For any installation method, it’s recommended to install ofxtools in a virtual environment.

OFX Client

Basic usage of the CLI script:

  • Copy ~/.config/ofxtools/ofxget_example.cfg to ~/.config/ofxtools/ofxget.cfg and edit:
  • Add a section for your financial institution, including URL, account information, login, etc. See comments within the example file.
  • Execute ofxget with appropriate arguments, for example:

ofxget amex stmt -s 20140101 -e 20140630 > foobar.ofx

See the --help for explanation of the script options.

To use within another program, initialize an OFXClient instance with the relevant connection parameters, then pass *StmtRq namedtuples along with a username and password to its request_statements method. See below for an example.

OFX Parser

The OFXTree parser subclasses xml.etree.ElementTree, and is used similarly – get an OFXTree instance, and pass a file-like object (or a reference to one) to its parse method. Thereafter, calling its convert method returns a tree of nested ofxtools.models.Aggregate containers that preserve the original OFX structure. Following the OFX spec , you can get a node in the parse tree with Python dotted attribute access, using standard slice notation for lists. E.g.:


Data-bearing leaf nodes (such as DTTRADE above) are subclasses of ofxtools.Types.Element, which validate the OFX character data and convert it to standard Python types (datetime.datetime in this case, decimal.Decimal, bool, etc.)

For quick access, Aggregates also provide shortcuts via read-only properties. ofx.statements yields all {STMTRS, CCSTMTRS, INVSTMTRS} found in the response. ofx.statements[0].transactions goes to the relevant *TRANLIST ofx.statements[0].account goes to the relevant *ACCTFROM Use ofx.statements[0].balance for bank statement LEDGERBAL, or ofx.statements[0].balances for investment statement INVBAL.

Investment transactions provide lookthrough access to attributes of their SubAggregates, so you can use STOCKBUY.uniqueid or INCOME.dttrade.

For handling multicurrency transactions per OFX section 5.2, Aggregates that can contain ORIGCURRENCY have an additional curtype attribute which yields 'CURRENCY' if the money amounts have not been converted to the home currency, or yields 'ORIGCURRENCY' if they have been converted.

YIELD elements are renamed yld to avoid name collision with the Python built-in.

Proprietary OFX tags (e.g. <INTU.BROKERID>) are stripped and dropped.

Usage Example

In [1]: from ofxtools.Client import OFXClient, InvStmtRq

In [2]: client = OFXClient('',
   ...:      org='Ameritrade Technology Group', fid='AIS', brokerid='')

In [3]: stmtrq = InvStmtRq(acctid='999999999')

In [4]: response = client.request_statements(user='elmerfudd', password='T0PS3CR3T',
   ...:      invstmtrqs=[stmtrq])

In [5]:[:512]  # It's a StringIO
Out[5]: '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>\r\n<?OFX OFXHEADER="200" VERSION="200" SECURITY="NONE" OLDFILEUID="NONE" NEWFILEUID="NONE"?>\r\n<OFX>\r\n<SIGNONMSGSRSV1>\r\n<SONRS>\r\n<STATUS>\r\n<CODE>0</CODE>\r\n<SEVERITY>INFO</SEVERITY>\r\n<MESSAGE>Success</MESSAGE>\r\n</STATUS>\r\n<DTSERVER>20170421120513</DTSERVER>\r\n<LANGUAGE>ENG</LANGUAGE>\r\n<FI>\r\n<ORG>Ameritrade Technology Group</ORG>\r\n<FID>AIS</FID>\r\n</FI>\r\n</SONRS>\r\n</SIGNONMSGSRSV1>\r\n<INVSTMTMSGSRSV1>\r\n<INVSTMTTRNRS>\r\n<TRNUID>2a656f1c-5f86-4265-84f1-6c7f0dc8c37'

In [6]:  # Rewind so parser read()s from beginning of file
Out[6]: 0

In [7]: from ofxtools.Parser import OFXTree

In [8]: parser = OFXTree()

In [9]: parser.parse(response)  # parser.parse('/path/to/file.ofx') works too

In [10]: parser.find('.//STATUS')[:]  # It's an ElementTree subclass
[<Element 'CODE' at 0x7f27dd4a2048>,
 <Element 'SEVERITY' at 0x7f27dd4a2ea8>,
 <Element 'MESSAGE' at 0x7f27dd4a2318>]

In [11]: ofx = parser.convert()

In [12]: ofx.statements  # It's a tree of ofxtools.models.Aggregate
Out[12]: [<INVSTMTRS dtasof='2017-03-31 22:06:09' curdef='USD'>]

In [13]: ofx.statements[0].transactions
Out[13]: <INVTRANLIST dtstart=2015-04-21 12:05:13 dtend=2017-04-20 00:00:00 len=47>

In [14]: t = ofx.statements[0].transactions[9]

In [15]: t
Out[15]: <BUYSTOCK buytype='BUY'>

In [16]: t.dttrade
Out[16]: datetime.datetime(2016, 9, 7, 13, 10, 4)

In [17]: t.uniqueid
Out[17]: '233242106'

In [18]: t.units
Out[18]: Decimal('18000.00')

In [19]:
Out[19]: Decimal('-4509.99')

In [20]: tree = ofx.to_etree()  # ElementTree(ofx.to_etree()) is a little nicer

In [21]: tree.find('.//STATUS')[:]  # Back to ElementTree
[<Element 'CODE' at 0x7f27dc9870e8>,
 <Element 'SEVERITY' at 0x7f27dc987a98>,
 <Element 'MESSAGE' at 0x7f27dc987098>]

In [22]: import xml.etree.ElementTree as ET

In [23]: ET.tostring(tree)[:512]  # Back to str

ofxtools and SQL

ofxtools does include the ofxalchemy subpackage, but you probably don’t want to use it. The implementation is pretty nasty, and the SQL tables it generates are cumbersome and inefficient.

Frankly, OFX is a poor data format for serious use, as is obvious to anyone who’s tried to work with its handling of online bill payees or securities reorganizations. A better approach is to decouple your SQL data model from OFX, which will also allow you to better handle other financial data formats.

It’s recommended to define your own ORM models based on your needs. Import OFX into Python using the main ofxtools.Parser.OFXTree parser, extract the relevant data, and feed it to your model classes. Something like this:

from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base
from sqlalchemy import (
    Column, Integer, String, Text, DateTime, Numeric, ForeignKey, Enum,
from sqlalchemy.orm import (relationship, sessionmaker, )
from sqlalchemy import create_engine

from ofxtools.models.i18n import CURRENCY_CODES
from ofxtools.Client import (OFXClient, InvStmtRq, )
from ofxtools.Parser import OFXTree
from ofxtools.models.investment import (BUYSTOCK, SELLSTOCK)

# Data model
Base = declarative_base()

class Account(Base):
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    brokerid = Column(String, nullable=False, unique=True)
    number = Column(String, nullable=False)
    name = Column(String)

class Security(Base):
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    name = Column(String)
    ticker = Column(String)
    uniqueidtype = Column(String, nullable=False)
    uniqueid = Column(String, nullable=False)

class Transaction(Base):
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    uniqueid = Column(String, nullable=False, unique=True)
    datetime = Column(DateTime, nullable=False)
    dtsettle = Column(DateTime)
    type = Column(Enum('returnofcapital', 'split', 'spinoff', 'transfer',
                       'trade', 'exercise', name='transaction_type'),
    memo = Column(Text)
    currency = Column(Enum(*CURRENCY_CODES, name='transaction_currency'))
    cash = Column(Numeric)
    account_id = Column(Integer,
                        ForeignKey('', onupdate='CASCADE'),
    account = relationship('Account', foreign_keys=[account_id],
    security_id = Column(Integer,
                         ForeignKey('', onupdate='CASCADE'),
    security = relationship('Security', foreign_keys=[security_id],
    units = Column(Numeric)

# Import
client = OFXClient('',
                   org='Ameritrade Technology Group', fid='AIS',
stmtrq = InvStmtRq(acctid='999999999')
response = client.request_statements(user='elmerfudd',
                                     password='T0PS3CR3T', invstmtrqs=[stmtrq])
parser = OFXTree()
ofx = parser.convert()

# Extract
def make_security(secinfo):
    return Security(
        name=secinfo.secname, ticker=secinfo.ticker,
        uniqueidtype=secinfo.uniqueidtype, uniqueid=secinfo.uniqueid)

securities = {(sec.uniqueidtype, sec.uniqueid): make_security(sec)
              for sec in ofx.securities}

stmt = ofx.statements[0]
account = Account(brokerid=stmt.brokerid, number=stmt.acctid)

def make_trade(invtran):
    security = securities[(invtran.uniqueidtype, invtran.uniqueid)]
    return Transaction(
        uniqueid=invtran.fitid, datetime=invtran.dttrade,
        dtsettle=invtran.dtsettle, type='trade', memo=invtran.memo,
        currency=invtran.currency,, account=account,
        security=security, units=invtran.units)

trades = [make_trade(tx) for tx in stmt.transactions
          if isinstance(tx, (BUYSTOCK, SELLSTOCK))]  # dispatch by model class

# Persist
engine = create_engine('')
Session = sessionmaker(bind=engine)
session = Session()


If you want to contribute to this project, it’s recommended to use Git to clone the repository:

git clone

Set up a virtual environment, and install the package in development mode so you’re working on live code:

python develop

Install all development requirements:

pip install -r requirements-development.txt

Run the tests, either with make:

make test

or directly with nosetests:

nosetests -dsv  --with-coverage --cover-package ofxtools

Feel free to create pull requests on ofxtools repository on GitHub.


  • The OFX spec is canonical…
  • … but since Quicken dominates the industry, also see the Quicken data mapping guide
  • OFX Home is a great free resource to look up OFX connection information for various financial institutions

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