Download Cryptocurrency Data in Python by using Crypto Compare API

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By José Carlos Gonzáles Tanaka

How to use Cryptocompare API to download cryptocurrency data in Python? Cryptocompare is a cryptocurrency market data provider. And this blog explains how you can go about it with super easy simple steps and readies you to apply it whenever you want!

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Why CryptoCompare?

CryptoCompare allows users to get live prices, graph them and make market research analysis from most of the important crypto exchanges. It also allows us to get limited free data for downloading. That’s what we’re going to do in this article.


Import Libraries

First, let’s install the cryptocompare library in our Jupyter notebook:

Now, we are going to import the following libraries: cryptocompare, pandas, datetime (only its datetime method) and matplotlib.

Are you familiar with the last two code lines of the ‘matplotlib’ library? Don’t worry at all! Please check our great article on the ‘matplotlib’ library to know everything about it.


Set API Key

The API Key is used to have a valid authentication for the user. It serves to identify your account and access an automated program.

To download the data, you will need to authenticate yourself on cryptocompare.com. First, you write your ‘cryptocompare_API_key’ and then you set the API key to the market provider. As the following:


Fetch All Cryptocurrency Tickers

You can do this easily. First, you get the ticker list, which is a dictionary. Then you transform the dictionary into a dataframe. Super easy, right?

ticker

Id

Url

ImageUrl

ContentCreatedOn

Name

LIBERA

949640

/coins/libera/overview

/media/40484629/libera.png

1656515116

LIBERA

MINIFOOTBALL

949643

/coins/minifootball/overview

/media/40484630/minifootball.png

1656515517

MINIFOOTBALL

CPO

949646

/coins/cpo/overview

/media/40484632/cpo.png

1656516143

CPO

CPAD

949648

/coins/cpad/overview

/media/40484634/cpad.png

1656516578

CPAD

SCO

949651

/coins/sco/overview

/media/40484635/sco.png

1656517570

SCO


Download Historical Data With a Specific Frequency

Contrary to the yahoo finance library, in cryptocompare.com you have for each frequency a specific method to download data. Let’s explain to you this:

You can fetch the historical data for the ticker symbol you want. The historical data in daily, hourly and minute frequency levels are available.

Syntax:

# For daily data
cryptocompare.get_historical_price_day(ticker_symbol, currency, limit=limit_value, exchange=exchange_name, toTs=data_before_timestamp)

# For hourly data
cryptocompare.get_historical_price_hour(ticker_symbol, currency, limit=limit_value, exchange=exchange_name, toTs=data_before_timestamp)

# For minute data
cryptocompare.get_historical_price_minute(ticker_symbol, currency, limit=limit_value, exchange=exchange_name, toTs=data_before_timestamp)

Where:
ticker_symbol: Ticker symbol whose data is required
currency: Currency in which the price is quoted
limit_value: The maximum number of bars to fetch (max. value is 2000)
exchange_name: The exchange to use when fetching the data
data_before_timestamp: Return the data before this timestamp (UNIX epoch time or a datetime object)

Returns:
A dictionary containing the historical data.


Download Bitcoin Hourly Historical Data

For illustration purposes, let's extract the hourly historical data for the ‘BTC’ before 01-May-2021.

First, you define the ticker symbol, and then you specify that the asset price will be in dollars. Besides, since Cryptocompare establishes a limit to download data, we set the limit number of data points to return as ‘limit_value’.

We choose the ‘CCCAGG’ as the crypto exchange, which means we are going to download the aggregate prices that Cryptocompare has.

Next, we are going to use the ‘get_historical_hour’ function to download hourly Bitcoin prices.

Then, since the download information comes as a dictionary type, we transform it into a dataframe. In addition, we set the ‘time’ column as our index. Finally, the method provides the ‘time’ column as seconds, that’s why we not only change its string type to a datetime type, but also specify the ‘unit’ argument as ‘s’.

time

high

low

open

volume from

volume to

close

06/02/2021 21:00

4029627

4009247

4014136

126494

5.08675E+13

4009247

06/02/2021 22:00

4050397

3999196

4009247

168823

6.79449E+13

4004380

06/02/2021 23:00

4004419

3913217

4004380

429818

1.69581E+14

3926701

07/02/2021 0:00

3965158

3880271

3926701

398299

1.5625E+14

3960394

07/02/2021 1:00

3963317

3855738

3960394

262588

1.02679E+14

3870644


Plot the Data

So easy to get up to here, right? Let’s do the easiest from the easiest!

We code it:

And we plot it!

bitcoin close prices

Conclusion

You now know how to download cryptocurrency data from Cryptocompare.com in Python. We promised you easiness and simplicity. You had it all in this short but useful tutorial. You can tweak the code to download more than one cryptocurrency.

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