Veliberator provides a Python API for getting informations about the stations of the Velib' network.

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pip install veliberator==0.3.3



Veliberator is a Python module who provides an API for getting the informations related to the stations of the Velib' bike renting network.

API Usage

To retrieve the informations of a station you only have to have the ID of the station and a database synchronized with all the available stations.

Then in your Python interpreter you can play with the API:

>>> from veliberator.station import Station
>>> station = Station(42008)
>>> station.informations.address

The informations attributes contains many data such as:

  • address
  • postal_code
  • city
  • lat (the latitude of the GPS coordonates)
  • lng (the longitude of the GPS coordonates)
  • opened (True if the station is open)
  • bonus (True if the station is a bonus station)

You could retrieve the live status of the station easily:

>>> station.status.available
>>> station.status.closed

More useful, you can retrieve the closest stations sorted by distance:

>>> station.stations_around
[<StationInformation "42006" (23 RUE PIERRE BROSSOLETTE)>, <StationInformation "42010" (1 RUE ROBESPIERRE)>, ...]

The veliberator script

Write an API for developers is a nice idea, but write an useful script who uses the API for the end-user is a much nicer idea.

So the package provide a script named veliberator.

For exemple if I need to know the status of the Velib' station with the ID: 42008, I simply need to run this command:

$ veliberator 42008

This command will display the status of the station and find other stations around if no parking place are available.

The veliberator script can also find the Velib' stations around an address, by simply launching the script.

Note that at the first run of the script a database will be created for registering all the available stations.

For update or create the database you can run this command:

$ veliberator --synchronize

Run this command for more informations:

$ veliberator -h


The veliberator module can be configured by a configuration file. Take a look on the file etc/veliberator-sample.cfg for having a example of the options availables.

The module is going to look in your home directory if a file named .veliberator.cfg is present and in etc/veliberator.cfg from your current working directory.