Wikipedia says:

Many banks in the US let customers use personal financial management software to automatically download their bank statements in OFX format.

Also, from http://fixprotocol.org/adopters/ it seems that FIX protocol is widely adopted too.

Are there any other widely used formats or protocols?

  • Nope FIX isn't used for this specific area. It is for financial instrument transactions and related more on the commercial side between banks, traders etc. – DumbCoder Mar 6 '12 at 16:07
  • I only wanted to ask about "the commercial side between banks, traders etc". Then it is OFX which is irrelevant. – nponeccop Mar 6 '12 at 16:30

I have so far seen, besides OFX

Quicken to also be an exported format although importing that takes more work than importing OFX which is basically XML


FIX is industry standard for orders FAST is FIX adopted for streaming quotes: http://www.fixtradingcommunity.org/pg/structure/tech-specs/fast-protocol

SWIFT is industry standard interbank (especially international): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWIFT_message_types

Many exchanges have their own Native protocols, for example ISE's protocol: http://www.ise.com/technology/connectivity/

Financial institutions and brokers may also provide their own proprietary APIs. (you need to contact them directly)

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