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edgarWebR provides an interface to access the SEC’s EDGAR system for company financial filings.

edgarWebR does not provide any functionality to extract financial data or other information from filings, only the metadata and company information. For processing of the financial data.

Ethical Use & Fair Access

Because of abusive use of this library, the SEC is likely to block its use “as is” without setting a custom ‘User Agent’ identifier. Details for setting a custom agent are below.

Users of this library are required to follow the SEC’s Privacy and Security Policy. Failure to follow that guidance may result in having your requests blocked. Per the SEC’s Developer Resources:

To ensure that everyone has equitable access to SEC EDGAR content, please use efficient scripting, downloading only what you need and please moderate requests to minimize server load. Current guidelines limit each user to a total of no more than 10 requests per second, regardless of the number of machines used to submit requests.

To ensure that remains available to all users, we reserve the right to block IP addresses that submit excessive requests. The SEC does not allow “unclassified” bots or automated tools to crawl the site. Any request that has been identified as part of an unclassified bot or an automated tool outside of the acceptable policy will be managed to ensure fair access for all users.

Users of this library are advised to set a custom user-agent by setting the environment variable EDGARWEBR_USER_AGENT.


The EDGAR System provides a number of tools for filing and entity lookup and examination. As of v1.0, edgarWebR supports all public search and browse interfaces.

Search Interfaces:

Tool URL edgarWebR function(s)
Company company_search(), company_information(), company_details(), company_filings()
Recent Filings latest_filings()
Full Text full_text()
Header Search header_search()
Fund Disclosures Use company_search() and specify the ‘type’ parameter as 485
Fund Voting Records Use company_search() and specify the ‘type’ parameter as ‘N-PX’
Fund Search fund_search(), fund_fast_search()
Var. Insurance Products variable_insurance_search(), variable_insurance_fast_search()
Confidential treatment orders Use header_search(), company_search(), latest_filings(), or full_text() and use form types ‘CT ORDER’
Effectiveness notices effectiveness()
CIK cik_search()
Daily Filings current_events()
Correspondence Use header_search(), company_search(), latest_filings(), or full_text() and use form types ‘upload’ or ‘corresp’

Once a filing is found via any of the above, there are a number of functions to process the result -

  • filing_documents()
  • filing_filers()
  • filing_funds()
  • filing_information()
  • filing_details() - returns all 4 of the filing components in a list.

Parsing Tools

While edgarWebR is primarily focused on providing an interface to the online SEC tools, there are a few activities for handling filing documents for which no current tools exist.

  • parse_submission() - takes a full submission SGML document and parses out component documents. Most of the time, the documents of interest in a particular submission will be online and accessible via filing_documents() - this function is to unpack the raw submission to get all the documents. You may also find it more efficient if you’re regularly downloading all of the files in a given submission.
  • parse_filing() - Takes a HTML narrative filing and annotates each paragraph with item and part numbers.

Data Sets

There is one dataset provided with edgarWebR - sic_codes, providing a catalog of SIC codes and their hierarchy.

URL Tools

There are also a number of utility functions to help construct useful URL’s once you have a company CIK, submission accession number or specific file.

  • company_href() for linking to the company page
  • submission_index_href() and its family of related functions for linking to a specific submission and file.


edgarWebR is available from CRAN, so can be simply installed via


To install the development version,

# Install the development version from GitHub:
# install.packages("devtools")


company_filings("AAPL", type = "10-K", count = 10)
#>        accession_number act file_number filing_date accepted_date
#> 1  0000320193-19-000119  34   001-36743  2019-10-31    2019-10-30
#> 2  0000320193-18-000145  34   001-36743  2018-11-05    2018-11-05
#> 3  0000320193-17-000070  34   001-36743  2017-11-03    2017-11-03
#> 4  0001628280-16-020309  34   001-36743  2016-10-26    2016-10-26
#> 5  0001193125-15-356351  34   001-36743  2015-10-28    2015-10-28
#> 6  0001193125-14-383437  34   000-10030  2014-10-27    2014-10-27
#> 7  0001193125-13-416534  34   000-10030  2013-10-30    2013-10-29
#> 8  0001193125-12-444068  34   000-10030  2012-10-31    2012-10-31
#> 9  0001193125-11-282113  34   000-10030  2011-10-26    2011-10-26
#> 10 0001193125-10-238044  34   000-10030  2010-10-27    2010-10-27
#>                                                                                                href
#> 1
#> 2
#> 3
#> 4
#> 5
#> 6
#> 7
#> 8
#> 9
#> 10
#>    type film_number                                              form_name
#> 1  10-K   191181423 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 2  10-K   181158788 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 3  10-K   171174673 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 4  10-K   161953070 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 5  10-K   151180619 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 6  10-K   141175110 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 7  10-K   131177575 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 8  10-K   121171452 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 9  10-K   111159350 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#> 10 10-K   101145250 Annual report [Section 13 and 15(d), not S-K Item 405]
#>    description  size
#> 1         <NA> 12 MB
#> 2         <NA> 12 MB
#> 3         <NA> 14 MB
#> 4         <NA> 13 MB
#> 5         <NA>  9 MB
#> 6         <NA> 12 MB
#> 7         <NA> 11 MB
#> 8         <NA>  9 MB
#> 9         <NA>  9 MB
#> 10        <NA> 13 MB

Related Packages

  • XBRL - Low level extration of data from XBRL financial files
  • finstr - Process XBRL to extract data, combine periods, and make basic financial calulations.
  • finreportr - All in one to pull finnacials and information from EDGAR

Code of Conduct

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms. Report violations to (


R package for interacting with the SEC's EDGAR filing search and retrieval system








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