db-infoscreen - App/Infoscreen for Railway Departures in Germany
db-infoscreen (formerly db-fakedisplay) shows departures at german train
stations, serving both as infoscreen / webapp and station board look-alike.
It aims to aggregate departure and train data from different sources and
combine them in a useful (and user-friendly) manner. It is intended both for a
quick glance at the departure board and for public transportation geeks looking
for details about specific trains.
There's a public [db-infoscreen service on
finalrewind.org](https://dbf.finalrewind.org/). You can also host your own
instance via carton/cpanminus or Docker if you like, see the Setup notes below.
* perl >= 5.20
* carton or cpanminus
After installing the dependencies, clone the repository using git, e.g.
git clone https://git.finalrewind.org/db-fakedisplay
Make sure that all files (including `.git`, which is used to determine the
software version) are readable by your www user, and follow the steps in the
db-infoscreen depends on a set of Perl modules which are documented in
`cpanfile`. After installing the dependencies mentioned above, you can use
carton or cpanminus to install Perl dependencies locally.
In the project root directory (where `cpanfile` resides), run either
cpanm --installdeps .
and set `PERL5LIB=.../local/lib/perl5` before running index.pl or wrap it
with `carton exec hypnotoad index.pl`.
traffic volume, you may also want to increase the amount of worker processes
and install a caching proxy in front of DBF. See the Setup notes below.
To update your DBF installation, run `git pull`, ensure that all files are
readable by your www user, and re-run `carton install` or `cpanm --installdeps
Installation with Docker
A db-infoscreen image is available on Docker Hub. You can install and run it
docker pull derfnull/db-fakedisplay:latest
docker run --rm -p 8000:8092 -v "$(pwd)/templates:/app/ext-templates:ro" db-fakedisplay:latest
This will make the web service available on port 8000. Note that you should
Use `docker run -e DBFAKEDISPLAY_WORKERS=4 ...` and similar to pass environment
variables to the db-infoscreen service.
To update your Docker installation, fetch a new image from Docker Hub and
re-start the container.
db-infoscreen respects the following environment variables:
| Variable | Default | Description |
| :------- | :------ | :---------- |
| DBFAKEDISPLAY\_LISTEN | `http://*:8092` | IP and Port for web service |
| DBFAKEDISPLAY\_STATS | _None_ | File in which the total count of backend API requests (excluding those answered from cache) is written |
| DBFAKEDISPLAY\_HAFAS\_API | `https://v5.db.transport.rest` | hafas-rest-api endpoint |
| DBFAKEDISPLAY\_IRIS\_CACHE | `/tmp/dbf-iris-mian` | Directory for IRIS schedule cache |
| DBFAKEDISPLAY\_IRISRT\_CACHE | `/tmp/dbf-iris-realtime` | Directory for IRIS realtime cache |
| DBFAKEDISPLAY\_WORKERS | 2 | Number of worker processes (i.e., maximum amount of concurrent requests) |
Set these as needed, create `templates/imprint.html.ep` (imprint) and
pass requests for db-infoscreen to the appropriate port. See the
You can run the app using a Mojo::Server of your choice, e.g. **perl
index.pl daemon -m production** (quick&dirty, does not respect all variables)
or **hypnotoad** (recommended). A systemd unit example is provided in
For public-facing installations, you may want to enable caching in the reverse
proxy serving DBF. See `examples/nginx-cache.conf` and
`examples/nginx-site.conf` for nginx examples.
All code in this repository may be used under the terms of the BSD-2-Clause
(db-infoscreen, see COPYING) and MIT (jquery, jqueryui, and marquee libraries;
see the respective files) licenses. Attribution is appreciated.
Background Data Updates
db-infoscreen can use <https://lib.finalrewind.org/dbdb/db_zugbildung_v0.json>
to show scheduled ICE/IC types (ICE 1/2/3/4/T, IC 1/2), wagon orders, and other
attributes. It expects the file to be provided in `share/zugbildungsplan.json`.
As this information is updated regularly, the file is not shipped as part of
this db-infoscreen distribution. It is recommended to retrieve it a few minutes
after midnight via a daily cronjob. See `examples/dbf_update_zugbildungsplan`
for a shell script.
DBF will periodically reload `share/zugbildungsplan.json`. You can use your
service supervisor (e.g. `systemctl reload db-infoscreen`) to force an
immediate reload. You may also ignore the file; it is entirely optional.
Resource requirements depend on usage. For a few requests per second, about
200MB (600k inodes) cache and one or two CPU cores should be sufficient.
db-infoscreen typically needs 50MB RAM per worker process, though calculating
with 100MB per worker is recommended to leave a safety margin.
This project follows the REUSE specification. The copyright of individual files
is documented in the file's header or in .reuse/dep5. The referenced licenses
are stored in the LICENSES directory.
The program code of db-infoscreen is licensed under the terms of the GNU AGPL
v3. HTML Templates and SASS/CSS layout are licensed under the terms of the
2-Clause BSD License. This means that you are free to host your own
db-infoscreen instance, both for personal/internal and public use, under the
* You are free to change HTML/SASS/CSS templates as you see fit (though you
must not remove the copyright headers).
* If you make changes to the program code, that is, a file below lib/ or a
changes available to the public.
The easiest way of making changes available is by maintaining a public fork of
the Git repository. A tarball is also acceptable. Please change `source_url` in
`lib/DBInfoscreen.pm` to point to your Git repository / source archive if you
are using a version with custom changes.