Posts Tagged ‘currency’

Posted by 6bytes at 8, November, 2010

Category: PHP

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A very simple PHP script to get almost live currency exchange rates from Yahoo Finance. I’m saying “almost” as as far as I know Yahoo updates it with some minor delay.

$from = 'GBP';
$to = 'USD';
$url = ''.$from.$to.'=X';
$handle = fopen($url, 'r');

if ($handle) {
	$result = fgetcsv($handle);

echo '1 '.$from.' is worth '.$result[0].' '.$to.' Based on data on '.$result[1].' '.$result[2];

On the day of writing this post, above script will display:

1 GBP is worth 1.6125 USD Based on data on 11/8/2010 10:26am

Short explanation

I think everything is clear except for the URL and its parameters. Lets have a closer look.
In our example

$url = ''.$from.$to.'=X';

translates to

Pasting this into your browser returns a csv file with three columns. Current exchange rate, date and time. Where:

  • l1 – exchange rate,
  • d1 – date,
  • t1 – time

If exact time is not what you’re looking for and all you need is just the exchange rate your url could look like this:

I couldn’t find full list of parameters on yahoo but this site seems to have it all covered.

Yahoo finance not only gives you access to exchange rates but also stock data.