The first plan of action is to populate the blog with the financial institution (FI) details for as many banks as I can find the data for. This means OFX URL, OFX FI Id, OFX FI Organization name, etc. To search for your bank, type a search term in the “Search this site” box on the top right of this blog and type Enter.
If there is a financial institution that you cannot find data for by searching this blog, please feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll see what I can find.
Next on the agenda: I want to build a list of software and tools that can be used to communicate with these banks. If you have something for me to add to the list please leave me a comment.
About the data
The OFXBlog is just pretty wrapping paper around data that is available on the Internet from Microsoft. The current data comes from files made available by Jeremy Jongsma. My hope is that making this data more nicely presented and easily searchable will be valuable to the community at large.
OFX, or Open Financial Exchange, is a protocol for financial institutions (banks, credit card companies, brokerage houses, payroll companies, etc.) to exchange financial data securely over the Internet. This is what applications like Microsoft Money and Intuit Quicken use to communicate with, but OFX is an open protocol so anyone can use it to communicate with their bank.