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Alpha Vantage is a free API which provides both real time and historical stock market data. It is easy to get an API key, intraday data is available, and many technical indicators are included in the service. This package is a simple wrapper client to get data from the API into easy-to-use R objects, namely xts.


To install the package, simply use the devtools::install_github("athompson1991/AlphaVantageClient") command. Obviously this means that the devtools package needs to be installed, but it should be straightforward. If the operating system is Ubuntu, then R may need to be run as sudo.


Step One: Set API Key

First, set your API key:


Step Two: Download data.

Here is how to get daily time series loaded directly into an xts object:

amzn <- fetchSeries(function_nm = "time_series_daily", symbol = "amzn", outputsize = "full", datatype = "json")

The function returns a list with two elements - the xts object that is interpreted from the response, and the response from the httr package request. Now the data can be plotted, analyzed, manipulated into returns, etc.:

plot(amzn$xts_object[ ,1])
amzn_returns <- diff(log(amzn$xts_object[ ,1]))

Similarly, the other Alpha Vantage data offerings are available using the same function:

amzn_sma <- fetchSeries(function_nm = "sma", symbol = "amzn", interval = "daily", time_period = 60, series_type = "close")
amzn_bbands <- fetchSeries(function_nm = "bbands", symbol = "amzn", interval = "daily", time_period = 60, series_type = "close")