Insider 0.1

Transaction-tracking application for Django
Insider is a transaction-tracking app written in Python using the Django framework.


Insider is published as a Git repository. See insider's web interface for more information.


If you don't have a Django project and you just want to run insider as a stand-alone service, you can use the example project written up in example. Set up the project (once):

python example/ syncdb

See the Django documentation for more details.


Run the app on your local host (as many times as you like):

python example/ runserver

You may need to add the current directory to PYTHONPATH so python can find the insider package. If you're running bash, that will look like

 PYTHONPATH=".:$PYTHONPATH" python example/ runserver


Entering transaction data by hand can be tedious and error prone. To automate the task, you should write scrapers to look up and enter transaction data automatically. To get you started, I've written insider/scrape/, which scrapes NASDAQ's interface to EDGAR's data. Use the scraper with something like:

export PYTHONPATH='.'
export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE='example.settings'
python insider/scrape/ NYSE:RHT NASDAQ:GOOG

If the scraper doesn't extract company names ( does not), it's probably a good idea to add the relevant Company and Ticker to the database before running the scraper. Otherwise you may get tickers from several echanges all pointing to the company UNKNOWN.


This project was largely build following the Django tutorial. That's a good place to start if you're new to Django.

last updated on:
July 23rd, 2011, 1:28 GMT
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
W. Trevor King
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