simpledmx is a minimalistic Python package experience with SDMX that fetches all data from sources defined by the user.

Although SDMX is very flexible, the main use case of simpledmx is when a user wants to download all available data from a specific source(s), for a given frequency (eg, annual, semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, daily). simpledmx uses pandasdmx as the backend to explore and fetch datasets from sources using SDMX. Further details on the sources and dataflows can be found in the pandasdmx documentation.


simpledmx can be installed from pip:

$ pip install simpledmx


Users are encouraged to first see the avaiable list of sources:

from simpledmx import list_sdmx_sources


Once the desired sources have been identified, users can download a Pandas DataFrame with the following code:

from simpledmx import get_sdmx_data

df = get_sdmx_data(
    sources=['BIS', 'ECB']

Two things should be noted:

  • The speed depends on the amount of data to be parsed and downloaded. Depending on the request, it can get slow.
  • Some sources do not provide messages in a way that the backend library, pandasdmx, is able to parse. Hence, some sources may not work.

Known issues

  • simpledmx returns only the data, not the variable names. The user can learn more about the specific data at hand from the column names: each variable starts with its source, then the dataflow, followed by the key(s) (except for the time period) of that specific dataflow.
  • in some cases, parsing the files downloaded from the original sources can take a long time. This is an issue with XML parsing, not with simpledmx or its backend (pandasdmx) specifically.