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Import Kraken Data to Google Sheets

In this guide, we’ll walk through how to pull public market and cryptocurrency data from the Kraken API directly into Google Sheets, using the API Connector add-on for Sheets. Kraken is an trading exchange for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.

The output for Kraken isn’t very well structured for a tabular format like Sheets, and their naming conventions are (in my opinion) unnecessarily cryptic, so you will need to restructure the data after you pull it into Sheets. But with that said, it can still be a nice alternative to more popular crypto APIs like CoinGecko, since it is more reliable and provides a lot of detailed data points.

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Before You Begin

Click here to install the API Connector add-on from the Google Marketplace.

Part 1: Fetch Data from Kraken

The easiest way to get started with the Kraken API is through API Connector’s built-in integration.

  1. Select Kraken from the drop-down list of applications
    kraken-application
  2. Select an endpoint.  These endpoints are all open so you don’t need an API key. For this example we’ll choose the /public/Ticker endpoint, which provides ticker information for an asset pair.
    kraken-endpoints
  3. Under Request parameters, choose an asset pair for the pair parameter
  4. Choose a destination sheet, name your request, and hit Run.
    kraken-response
  5. The output here is pretty confusing, so we need to refer to the documentation to know what it means:
    kraken-img4
  6. Basically, the output contains the currency pair you selected, and then letters representing the fields you see above (a = ask array, b = bid array, c = last trade closed aray, v = volume array, and so on).
  7. Since these field names use individual letters instead of names, we need to rename those fields to make it meaningful. To rename your fields, open the visual field editor by clicking Edit Fields, then click the blue pencil in each header and enter a new name for each column (for example: ask_price, ask_whole_lot_volume, ask_lot_volume,bid_price, bid_whole_lot_volume, ask_lot_volume, last_trade_price, last_trade_lot_volume, volume_today, volume_last_24h, volume_weighted_avg_price_today, volume_weighted_avg_price_24h, numer_trades_today, number_trades_last_24h, low_today, low_last_24h, high_today, high_last_24h, today_opening_price)
  8. After saving your field names, you won’t need to update them again, they’ll stay in place for all future data refreshes.

Part 2: Create a Custom Request

Alternatively, you can run your own custom requests instead of using API Connector’s pre-built integration. When you create a custom request, you add your complete URL into the Request URL field.
kraken-results1

Part 3: More Example API URLs

Here are some more examples of custom API URLs. Check the documentation for the full set of available requests.

  • Depth (Order Book)
    https://api.kraken.com/0/public/Depth?pair=xbteur&count=4
  • Trades (Time and Sales)
    https://api.kraken.com/0/public/Trades?pair=ltcusd
  • Assets
    https://api.kraken.com/0/public/Assets

Part 4: API Documentation

Official API documentation: https://www.kraken.com/features/api#public-market-data

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7 thoughts on “Import Kraken Data to Google Sheets”

  1. Can you explain the 6 data outputs that come through with this API and which is the actual current price of the coin? Trying to pull the current price into another sheet and am an amateur at this.

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    • Hey there, I’m not sure which 6 data outputs you mean, can you please let me know which endpoint you’re using? I just added more information regarding the /ticker endpoint, so maybe that will also help answer your question. In the ticker endpoint, the current price is returned as the first value in the “a” array.

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