This page has information and tools to help you get started using XBRL corporate financial data reported to the US SEC through a variety of resources.

How To: Use the XBRL API with Google Sheets

Watch this video to learn how you can use the free Google Sheet Addon to query data from our Database of Public Filings and build custom templates for balance sheet, margin comparison and more. The addon and templates are free and updated within 15 minutes of posting to the SEC’s EDGAR system.

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How To: Access the XBRL US Database of Public Filings

XBRL US Members have access to the XBRL US Database of Public Filings – XBRL-formatted financials submitted by public companies reporting to the SEC since 2009. To get started using SEC data in our database for private, personal use, review the Terms of Use and complete this form and we’ll provide you with connection information.

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How To: Find Out More about Inline XBRL

Inline XBRL essentially combines XBRL and HTML documents, to create a single document that is both human-readable and machine-readable. Inline XBRL is under consideration by the SEC for public company reporting and is used in non-US markets today. To learn more, watch this Webinar:

Learn more about the Inline XBRL technical specification.

How To: Extract XBRL Data Directly from the SEC Web Site

Thousands of public company data financial statements are available from the SEC’s EDGAR system today. Years of history can be extracted directly from EDGAR. Watch a How To demo from Alexander Falk, CEO of Altova:

Additional materials related to this webinar can be found on GitHub at and slides are available at

How To: Download Individual XBRL Files and .zip Archives from the SEC Web Site

Need to get a single filing from EDGAR? Watch this brief video to learn how to manipulate URLs on the SEC’s Web site and get to a company’s .zip of a filing in seconds.

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