Trains is a simple web app to display train timetables for stations on France SNCF's network. It queries the SNCF official api by default but will work with any compatible Navitia api implementation and present the results in a minimal web page that loads fast (unlike the official sites with all their images and ads).

StopAreas' Api queries are cached for 60 seconds so that someone refreshing your instance cannot simply DOS the api and exhaust your request quota, they would need to fetch different stations each time.

A personal instance runs at https://trains.adyxax.org/.



go is required. Only go version >= 1.17 on linux amd64 (Gentoo and Ubuntu 20.04) and on OpenBSD amd64 is being regularly tested.

Quick Install

go install git.adyxax.org/adyxax/trains/cmd/trains-webui@latest


The default configuration file location is $HOME/.config/trains/config.yaml. It is a yaml configuration file that should look like the following :

port: 8082
token: 12345678-9abc-def0-1234-56789abcdef0

address can be any ipv4 or ipv6 address or a hostname that resolves to such address and defaults to port can be any valid tcp port number or service name and defaults to 8080.

You can get a free token from the official SNCF's website for up to 5000 requests per day.


Launching the webui server is as simple as :

trains-webui -c /path/to/config/file.yaml

The server will then listen for requests on the specified hostname and port until interrupted or killed.

Please consider running it behind a reverse proxy, with https. Also even though the static assets are embedded in the program's binary and can be served from there, consider serving the static assets directly from the web server acting as the reverse proxy or a cdn.


To run tests, use :

go test -cover ./...

For a debug build, use :

go build ./cmd/trains-webui/

For a release build, use :

go build -ldflags '-s -w -extldflags "-static"' ./cmd/trains-webui/

To cross-compile for another os or architecture, use :

GOOS=openbsd GOARCH=amd64 go build -ldflags='-s -w -extldflags "-static"' ./cmd/trains-webui/

Design Choices

Being a small webapp, the following choices have been made : - the only database supported for now is sqlite3 - Having no expectation of heavy traffic and for simplicity, the user sessions are currently stored in the database


  • https://www.digital.sncf.com/startup/api
  • http://doc.navitia.io/