Generic Import Format

If your broker is not directly support by Tradervue, don’t worry, you may be able to use our generic import format as an alternative method to import your trades.

The data format looks like this:


or like this:

A great way to get started is to generate the necessary data in the format using Excel. You can start this simple sample template:

Download Sample Excel Template

Once you download and saved the data correctly on your Excel spreadsheet you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Tradervue account
  2. Go to the “Import Trades” section
  3. Click on the first dropdown and select “Generic Import Format” as your Broker/Platform
  4. Option #1: Click on “Choose File” and search for your Generic Import Format .CSV file and then click “Open”
  5. Option #2”: Copy the data on your .CSV file and paste it on the “Data” box located on the bottom (keep the header)
  6. Click on the “Upload” button
  7. Make sure your trades were imported on the “Trades View” section

We are continually working on making this format more robust and able to import data in more different formats. In the meantime, start with a small sample set of data, and if you are able to successfully import, then import the rest!

A few notes about the data format:

  • Date: highly recommended; if this column is omitted, the import date will be used for each execution. If present, the date MUST be in one of the following formats: mm/dd/yyyy, mm-dd-yyyy, yyyy/mm/dd, yyyy-mm-dd, yyyymmdd. Note that day-first formats are not supported.
  • Time: highly recommended; if this column is omitted, 12:00:00 will be used as the execution time for each execution. This has a number of side effects - see Importing without execution times. If present, the time MUST be in HH:MM:SS format as shown, in 24-hour time. The time zone can be selected when importing.
  • Symbol: required. For futures, the symbol can be in any of the following formats: ESZ1, ESZ11, ES DEC 11, ES Dec11, ES 12-11, or ES 12.11. For forex, use symbols like EURUSD.
  • Quantity: required.
  • Price: required.
  • Side: optional; if side is omitted, the quantity should be negative to indicate a sell. If present, needs to start with a "B" or an "S" for buy or sell; acceptable examples are BOT, SLD, Buy, Sell, Short, etc.
  • Either commas or tabs are acceptable as delimiters.
  • The header row as shown above is highly recommended, but is optional if the columns are in the exact order shown above. If your columns are in a different order, the header is required. Various synonyms for the column names are accepted.

Commissions/Fees: If you are a Gold subscriber, you can import commission and fee data. Simply add columns with the titles "Commission", "TransFee", and "ECNFee" for trade commission, transaction fees, and ECN fees/rebates respectively. For fees, a positive number is a charge, and a negative number is a credit.

Options: If you are a silver or gold subscriber, you can import options. Add a column titled "Option", and add the specific contract name in that column. For example, you can use something like "JAN 12 125 CALL" as the Contract. You must also specify the symbol in the symbol column; options are grouped together with other executions with the same symbol. Here is some example data with both stock and options that will successfully import:

09:35:05,1/5/2012,1,SPY,Buy,1.75,JAN 12 125 CALL
09:52:54,1/5/2012,1,SPY,Sell,1.50,JAN 12 125 CALL

For option assignment and expiration, add rows to your data to reflect what happens. For example, if you had a short option contract that expired worthless, add a row to your data to buy it back on the expiration date for $0.00.

For common index options, use the following underlying symbols: $SPX, $IUXX (for NASDAQ 100), $VIX, and $RUT (Russell 2000). Contact us if there are other index options you are trading, and the symbols you are using are not generating price charts.

Mini options are supported - the option contract name must end in "M"; for example, "APR26 13 375 PUT M" would be an mini AAPL weekly 375 put, expiring on April 26, 2013.

If you have questions, or are having trouble importing data in the generic format, please reach out to or click on the "Contact Us" link below.

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