S&P 500 (GSPC) index historical data download

The Standard and Poor's 500 (S&P 500) index has been introduced in its current form on 4 March 1957, but it existed previously as well. From Quandl you can download free S&P 500 data back until 3 January 1950.

Steps for downloading S&P 500 market data

It may happen that you meet Quandl's tutorial first (see below). Press "Skip"! (Tutorial introduces all features of Quandl – a lot of them is not required for getting data.)

Quandl.com's tutorial. You can skip it

Step2: If everything is OK, you should see something similar to the picture below. Press "Download". (By using default settings you will download EOD S&P 500 data from the broadest date range. If this is not suitable for you, you can modify settings.)
S&P 500 market data page on Quandl.com

Step3: Choose a format for downloading S&P 500 data from the next window.
Hint: ".csv" and ."xls" formats are OK in most cases.
Press "Download Data" to download data to your computer.
Selecting file format for historical data

Possible problems

Number of downloads per day is limited to 50 if you are not a registered user of Quandl.com.
So if you see an error message related to this when downloading S&P 500 historical data, you should either register or wait another day.