A python library for getting useful data out of ixbrl files.
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A python module for getting useful data out of ixbrl files. Currently in develop for a project with Power to Change looking at how to extract data from financial documents of community businesses. The library is at an early stage.



The module requires BeautifulSoup to parse the documents.

How to use

Run the python module

You can run the module directly to extract data from an IXBRL file.

python -m ixbrlparse example_file.html

The various options for using this can be found through:

python -m ixbrlparse -h
# optional arguments:
#   -h, --help            show this help message and exit
#   --outfile OUTFILE     Where to output the file
#   --format {csv,json,jsonlines,jsonl}
#                         format of the output
#   --fields {numeric,nonnumeric,all}
#                         Which fields to output

Use as a python module

An example of usage is shown in test.py.

Import the IXBRL class which parses the file.

from ixbrlparse import IXBRL

Initialise an object and parse the file

You need to pass a file handle or other object with a .read() method.

with open('sample_ixbrl.html') as a:
  x = IXBRL(a)

Get the contexts and units used in the data

These are held in the object. The contexts are stored as a dictionary with the context id as the key, and a ixbrlContext object as the value.

# {
#    "cfwd_2018_03_31": ixbrlContext(
#       id="cfwd_2018_03_31",
#       entity="0123456", # company number
#       segments=[], # used for hypercubes
#       instant="2018-03-31",
#       startdate=None, # used for periods
#       enddate=None, # used for periods
#    ),
#    ....
# }

The units are stored as key:value dictionary entries

# {
#    "GBP": "ISO4107:GBP"
#    "shares": "shares"
# }

Get financial facts

Numeric facts are stored in x.numeric as a list of ixbrlNumeric objects. The ixbrlNumeric.value object contains the value as a parsed python number (after the sign and scale formatting values have been applied).

ixbrlNumeric.context holds the context object relating to this value. The .name and .schema values give the key of this value, according to the applied schema.

Non-numeric facts are stored in x.nonnumeric as a list of ixbrlNonnumeric objects, with similar .value, .context, .name and .schema values. The value of .value will be a string for non-numeric facts.

Run tests

Tests can be run with pytest:

pip install -e . # install the package