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1 Introduction

Chart is a stock and commodity price charting program, featuring various display options, data downloading, and user extensibility.

Chart is written in Perl and uses Gtk through the Gtk2-Perl interface. Extensions can be written using Perl. The home page is

1.1 Getting Started

Once you’ve installed Chart (see Installing), getting started is easy. Run chart, and choose File/Open from the menu bar. Enter a symbol, like ‘GM’ (for General Motors USA) and click “New”. The download dialog pops up and gets an initial 5 years data, then the chart is displayed.

The Watchlist is easy too (see Watchlist). Choose Tools/Watchlist from the menu bar, go to the Symbol box, enter a symbol like ‘NAB.AX’ (for National Australia Bank) and press Return. The symbol is added to the list and a latest quote downloaded. Click on “Refresh” to update.

Stock symbols broadly follow Yahoo Finance conventions, which is the exchange symbol plus a suffix, like ‘.L’ for the London Stock Exchange (see Yahoo Finance). But Chart is not Yahoo specific, other data sources have other suffixes.

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Chart is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option) any later version.