Database for storing Stock Exchange quotes in erlang
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This library is a storage for Stock Exchange quotes.

It is an append-only online-compress storage, that supports failover, indexing and simple lookups of stored quotes.

It can compress 400 000 daily quotes into 4 MB of disk storage.


First install and compile it. Include it as a rebar dependency.

It can be used either as an appender, either as reader. You cannot mix these two modes now.

Writing database: Appender

Typical workflow when appending data to DB:

{ok, Appender} = stockdb:open_appender('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-01-15", [{depth, 2}]),
{ok, Appender1} = stockdb:append({md, 1326601810453, [{450.1,100},{449.56,1000}], [{452.43,20},{454.15,40}]}),

Now lets explain, what is happening.

  • Open appender. Stock name should be a symbol, date should either erlang date {YYYY,MM,DD}, either a string "YYYY-MM-DD".
  • Don't forget to specify proper depth. If you skip it, default depth is 1 and you will save only best bid and best ask
  • Specify also {scale, 1000} option, if you want to store quotes with precision less than 1 cent. Stockdb stores your prices as int: round(Price*Scale)
  • Now append market data.
  • Market data is following: {md, UtcMilliseconds, [{L1BidPrice,L1BidSize},{L2BidPrice,L2BidSize}..], [{L1AskPrice,L2AskSize}..]}
  • You can include -include_lib("stockdb/include/stockdb.hrl"). to use #md{} and #trade{} records

Now take a look at db/stock folder. There you can see new file db/stock/NASDAQ.AAPL-2012-01-15.stock and now you can read back stocks from it.

Reading database

Read whole DB

The most simple way is just to read all daily events to replaying them

{ok, Events} = stockdb:events('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-01-15").

Get candle for whole day or specified time range:

DayCandleEvents = stockdb:events('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-10", [{filter, candle, [{period, undefined}]}]).
RangeCandleEvents = stockdb:events('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-10", [{range, {15,0,0}, {16,0,0}}, {filter, candle, [{period, undefined}]}]).

But there are possible more enhanced ways of limiting amount of loaded data.


If you need something more complex than just getting all data from DB for stock/date pair, you can use iterators. Iterator is database opened for read-only with (optionally) filters applied on it. You can read iterator's events one-by-one, saving memory by not keeping extracted data.

Basic iterator is created as follows:

{ok, Iterator} = stockdb:init_reader('NASDAQ.AAPL', {2012, 8, 7}, []).

Here first argument is stock, second is date, third is list of filters (empty for basic case).

You can read events one-by-one using stockdb:read_event/1 function:

{Event1, Iterator1} = stockdb:read_event(Iterator),
{Event2, Iterator2} = stockdb:read_event(Iterator1).

When there are no more events, eof event is returned. Make sure your code handles it well!

Also, you can call stockdb:events(Iterator) to get all events from it.

Iterator filters

Iterator filters currently may be {range, Start, End} or {filter, FilterFun, FilterState0}. FilterFun may be function name from module stockdb_filters (currently only candle) or any function with arity 2 which returns list of emitted events. Filter must accept events from previous filter (or #md{} and trade{} from DB) and eof to handle end of underlying source. Return value is tuple with list of emitted events on first place and next state on second.

For example, this simple function drops every second event:

FilterFun = fun
    (eof, _State) -> {[], eof};
    (Event, true) -> {[Event], false};
    (_Event, _Other) -> {[], true}

And, we can see it is working:

25> length(stockdb:events(Iterator)).          
27> {ok, FIterator} = stockdb:init_reader('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-07", [{filter, FilterFun, false}]),
27> length(stockdb:events(FIterator)).

To use pre-defined filters you can just specify filter name:

28> {ok, CIterator} = stockdb:init_reader('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-07", [{filter, candle, [{period, 120000}]}]),
28> length(stockdb:events(CIterator)).

StockDB index is optimized for fast timestamp seeking, so you can use {range, Start, End} pseudo-filter. Start and End (if defined) are both millisecond timestamps or erlang-style {HH, MM, SS} tuples (tuples will work only over DB source, not over other iterator). undefined for Start or End means the very beginning or the very end respectively. Example:

31> {ok, RIterator} = stockdb:init_reader('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-07", [{range, {14,0,0}, {15,0,0}}]),
31> length(stockdb:events(RIterator)).
49> {ok, HIterator} = stockdb:init_reader('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-07", [{range, undefined, 1344348900451}]),
49> length(stockdb:events(HIterator)).                                                                      

Of course, you may specify multiple filters:

32> {ok, RFCIterator} = stockdb:init_reader('NASDAQ.AAPL', "2012-08-07", [{range, {14,0,0}, {15,0,0}}, {filter, FilterFun, false}, {filter, candle, [{period, 120000}]}]),
32> length(stockdb:events(RFCIterator)).

Also, iterators may cascade:

35> {ok, RIterator_F} = stockdb:init_reader(RIterator, [{filter, FilterFun, false}]),
35> {ok, RIterator_F_C} = stockdb:init_reader(RIterator_F, [{filter, candle, [{period, 120000}]}]),
35> length(stockdb:events(RIterator_F_C)).
36> stockdb:events(RIterator_F_C) == stockdb:events(RFCIterator).

Self-sufficient read-only state

Function stockdb:init_reader/3 currently accesses file directly. If you have distributed setup, it will fail. Stockdb is able to bypass this by using a lower-level stockdb:open_read/2. open_read/2 returns in-memory read-only database state with full buffer and file descriptor closed. Actually, stockdb:init_reader/3 first opens DB using stockdb:open_read/2 and then calls stockdb:init_reader/2 on it. So does stockdb:events/2. You can do the same:

42> {ok, S} = stockdb:open_read('NASDAQ.AAPL', {2012, 8,7}),
42> {ok, Iterator} = stockdb:init_reader(S, []),
42> stockdb:events(S) == stockdb:events(Iterator).

Note that we still use the same Iterator which matches perfectly. stockdb:init_reader(S, []) can be called when original file is unavailable allowing to minimize network load when DB content is needed on other node.

Querying existing data

There are simple functions which let you know what data you have.

  • To list all stocks having any data in database, use stockdb:stocks()
  • To list dates when some stock has any data, use stockdb:dates(Stock)
  • To get date intersection between multiple stocks, use stockdb:common_dates([Stock1, Stock2, ...])
  • To get some information about file, stockdb instance or stock/date pair, use stockdb:info(Stockdb), stockdb:info(Filename), stockdb:info(Stock, Date), stockdb:info(Stock, Date, [Key1, Key2, ...]). Key can be one of path, stock, date, version, scale, depth, chunk_size, presence. Return value is tuplelist. Presence is {ChunkCount, [ChunkNumber1, ChunkNumber2, ...]}, representing some internal report.