Bank of America RSS Feeds

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2008

Bank of America has a great online banking system. It’s why I switched to them three years ago. I’ve often wanted them to provide an RSS feed of recent transactions on my account — I’ve emailed them multiple times, but no such luck. So, today I finally got around to doing what I always do — I wrote a script to scrape their website and return the data in the format I want.

Honestly, it’s one of the more complex scraping scripts I’ve written. Their sign-on process involves login tokens, variable URLs, and three challenge questions in addition to entering your passcode. In the end I think it was worth the time. Seeing my cleared and pending transactions in NetNewsWire is awesome.

Before I give out the link to the script, I want to take a moment and emphasize that this could be a potentially huge security risk. This script requires you store your login credentials and the answer to all three of your security questions in plain text. I recommend only running it locally on your own computer. Store it on a public web server at your own risk! Definitely don’t store it on a shared host!!

You can download the script here.

Keep an eye out on this blog — I’ll post updates if/when Bank of America modifies their site and my scraping code breaks. Feel free to email me with any questions.