iStocks Manual

iStocks Widget: International Quotes

iStocksThe iStocks Widget displays quotes and historical charts for international stocks, indices and currencies.

The widget is provided as freeware and is based on Apple’s Stock widget, which is shipped with Mac OS X. This original widget is limited to US symbols only. iStocks overcomes this limitation and uses the international Yahoo services.

Download the widget (225 KB)Support iStocks Widget on iusethis
Download the Manual iStocks-Manual.pdf (1,5 MB)
Version: 0.3.9
Release Date: June 1st, 2016
License: Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 up to 10.11
Localization: English, German, French, Italian

Fixed in 0.3.9:


In your Safari web browser, click the download link. Safari will load and install the widget automatically into your private widget folder (“Library/Widgets”).

If you’re using any other browser and the widget download is complete, double-click the ZIP archive to decompress, then double-click the widget icon.


How to use the iStocks widget.

Configuration (Backside)

Configuration ist done on the backside of the widget.

Adding a Symbol (Backside)

Hot to add new symbols to the widget.

You can add symbols without validation.

Renaming (Backside)

Hot to rename the display name of symbols.

Color Themes

Choose from 5 different colors.

Multiple Instances

Use different widget instances.


Sort by performance.

Update Notification

Get a notification about updates of iStock.


Please note you can (!) add a symbol into your stock list even though the Yahoo Symbol Suggest cannot find it. See here for details.

Comments, Feedback

Please enter a comment into the text field on my widget page for feedback.

Version History

Current Version 0.3.9

Fixed: calling Yahoo Finance autocomplete API.

Older Versions

0.3.8: Mountain Lion compatibility.

0.3.7: Fixed: Quotes for ^DJA and lots of other Dow Jones indices now working again.
Fixed: Dow Jones Indices now show correct absolute change (pos and negative).

0.3.6: Quotes for Dow Jones Indices like ^DJI, ^DJUSL etc. now working again.

0.3.5: Use left/right cursor to change chart modes.

0.3.5: Bug fixed: Some symbols could not be added in specific situations. E.g. after adding no more symbol could be added. Fixed.

0.3.4: Bug fixes for 1-day and 5-day charts.

0.3.4: You can now add a symbol into your stock list even though the Yahoo Symbol Suggest cannot find it. For example, Yahoo does not suggest Ford Motor (which is „F“).

0.3.3: Yahoo has disabled the 1-day and 5-day chart image service, so I switched to a new Yahoo’s chart data service, which now supports intraday qutoes.

0.3.2: Implemented a workaround for providing Dow Jownes Industrial (^DJI) stock quotes again.

0.3.1: Allow Shift-click on quote value to switch between sorted und orginal order.

0.3.1: Bug fixed: Color themes do not work with 10.4.10+ (Tiger).

0.3.0: Color Themes: Choose between 5 colors.

0.3.0: Multiple widget instances with individual settings.

0.3.0: New option to sort by performance.

0.3.0: Rename display name of symbols.

0.3.0: Chart data fetching uses fallback data sources in case the primary one delivers none or old information. Result: no more outdated data for the 1m, 3m and 6m chart ranges.

0.3.0: Update notification.

0.2.2: Improvement: Easy installation; it just starts and does not require to hit Cmd-R anymore.

0.2.1: Support for Mac OS X 10.4.11. New feature: Reorder symbols (use the cursor keys in the symbol list of the backside window).

0.2: Support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. New features include symbol lookup, support for currencies, extended precision for quotes and changes. The settings from an older version 0.1.x will not be used; please excuse this inconvenience. Update to latest Yahoo Finance Chart URL (no more “error retrieving chart”). Improvements: Charts for 1m up to 2y now includes latest quotes (days of current week). Fix: Chart for 1w reloads properly now. Fixed problem with incorrect diff for parser.js. Widget would just say “Error retrieving chart”. Diff is now correct by using the original parser.js. Fixed problem that chart images were cached and never reloaded. Refresh works now. Initial Release.


The iStocks widget is provided AS IS, without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of this widget is borne by you. Should the installation or operation of the iStocks widget prove defective, you assume the entire cost of any service and repair. The provider, Martin Backschat, is not responsible for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character including, but not limited to, damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses.

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