CRSP Access Utilities for Linux
The CRSPAccess software, also known as CUPL, CRSP Utilities and Programming Libraries, includes utilities that may be used to extract CRSP stock and index data from the CRSP proprietary databases on Linux and C programming.
The CRSPAccess utilities and programming files may be used to access the CRSP US 1925 and 1962 Stock and Stock with Index Databases.
CRSPAccess is made up of a number of tools used to accomplish four major categories of tasks: creating reports, searches and database inquiries, creating subsets, and moving databases and files across machine types. Documentation on these software categories is available individually below, or you can download the entire CRSPAccess Software Guide in one file.
The reporting tools can extract time-series output, stock event data, and decile-level index data.
Data are accessed from the reporting tools through identifier keys. The primary identifier key, and the one the CRSP recommends for the CRSP Stock databases, is PERMNO, CRSP permanent security level identifier. Other identifier keys that may be used include PERMCO, CRSP’s company level identifier, current and historical CUSIPs, Tickers, and SIC codes. INDNO, CRSP’s index identifier, is used to access index data through ts_print and ind_print.
|ts_print||To extract time-series data over fixed or relative date ranges.|
|stk_print||To extract event histories including name and identifier changes, delisting information, and distributions, as well as time series data extractions.|
|ind_print||To extract index and decile-level returns, levels, counts, and weights data.|
Search and Inquiry Tools
CRSP provides header files for each CRSPAccess database. These name lists are useful for finding identifiers and name histories of securities when only partial information is known. The identifiers can then be used as input to other CRSP reporting utilities or programs. The files are fixed format text files and be accessed with system utilities or other tools. CRSP provides search utilities for header files.
|dstksearch||To search the daily data header files|
|mstksearch||To search the monthly data header files|
|dindsearch||To search the daily index header files|
|mindsearch||To search the monthly index header files|
|crsp_show_db_info||To display parameters associated with a specific database|
|crsp_set_db_info||To change parameters associated with a specific database|
These utilities can be used to create copies of CRSP databases, restricted for example on the basis of exchange and share codes, or a select group of PERMNOs.
|stk_partial||Creates a stock database from an existing one or to append securities from one existing database to another.|
|ind_partial||Creates an index database from an existing one or to append indexes from one existing database to another.|
|crsp_stk_subset||Creates a stock database from an existing one by subsetting data.|
|crsp_ind_subset||Creates an index database from an existing one by subsetting data|
Moving Database and Data File Tools
|rewrite_crspdb||Copies a CRSPAccess database to a new directory or converts data from one binary type to another|
|crsp_stk_scd_load||Creates secondary indexes or keys for a database|
|crsp_stk_headall||Creates a header file with user-specified options|
|crsp_ind_headall||Creates a header file for an index database, used primarily for a subset database|
|crsp_crlf2lf||Removes carriage returns|
|crsp_lf2crlf||Adds carriage returns|
|crsp_cutc||Select columns from fixed-width text files can be written to an output file.|