If you want to create a table of exchange rates that can be updated live in Excel, you have come to the right place. In this article you will learn how to retrieve exchange rates using a Get & Transform web query, also known as a PowerQuery query. You will also learn how to turn that query into a function that can be used in another query to populate a table of exchange rates.
The API I will use to do this is the currency.com API. You can find the documentation at https://currency.com/api. For a free API I find this is pretty good. There is no need to authenticate yourself to get a rate. More expensive APIs such as XE.com might be of interest if you need to retrieve more niche currency pairs or more recent data.
In this article, I will show you how to import an HTML table into Excel. This will work for any data from a local HTML file or online URL that is stored in a table. I will import the HTML table in a way that the data can be updated if it changes, which is particularly valuable for online data. This will be done using a Get & Transform Query. As such, this method is only compatible with the Windows version of Microsoft Excel.
The CoinMarketCap Pro API is a great source for cryptocurrency data on current and historical prices, exchange information and more. If it is your wish to use Excel to import CoinMarketCap API data, and have it updated live, look no further. In this article, I will show you how to use a query to import current prices into Excel and have them updated regularly using the methods shown in the Import JSON Data in Excel article. Be aware that this works best with Excel 2016 or greater, and doesn’t work with Excel for Mac. If you are using Excel 2013 or prior, you will need to install Power Query before attempting these steps.
Microsoft recently introduced a feature called “Data Types” into Excel 365. Unlike the regular Excel data types like Dates, Numbers, and Text, this feature relies on the internet to bring external data points into your Excel sheets. They call them linked data types. The implementation is a lot easier to use than creating a query or using VBA to bring data to Excel, but it’s pretty limited in its current form and probably wouldn’t be very valuable to most users. Right now, it’s limited to Stock and Geography data.
If you have data stored in JSON format that you would like to import into Excel, it’s now very easy and doesn’t require any VBA to import data locally from the disk or from a web API. Watch the video or read the steps below!