FeedValidator

bdferris edited this page Oct 8, 2014 · 4 revisions

The feedvalidator is a command line tool that checks a GTFS feed for problems and generates a HTML report. Running it on your transit data feed and fixing the issues that it finds can save you from display and routing problems down the road.

For a list of the errors and warnings that FeedValidator outputs, see the FeedValidatorErrorsAndWarnings page.

You may run the validator on an uncompressed directory of GTFS txt files or a ZIP file directly.

Windows standalone version

We provide a Windows executable version for convenience; if you're running Windows, you should use this one. To get it, download the latest release from:

https://github.com/google/transitfeed/releases/latest

Once you have it downloaded and unzipped, there are a few ways to run it:

Easiest

Drag a GTFS zip file or directory onto feedvalidator.exe. A window will pop up with the result of the validation test:

Intermediate

Double-click feedvalidator.exe. A window will pop up and ask you to enter the location of your feed file or directory. You can type it in, or just drag a GTFS file or directory onto the window and hit Enter.

Expert

Go to the Windows command prompt, and type: feedvalidator <name of feed file or directory>. If you want to avoid the prompt at the end of the validation, use the --noprompt parameter.

Python source code version

Use this version if you're on Mac OS X or Linux.

Before you run the feed validator you must install Python. It is tested with versions 2.4 and 2.5 and should work with 2.6. You can download Python from http://www.python.org/download/

See Home for details on downloading the source distribution.

Running

Run the feed validator as

feedvalidator.py <feed filename>

The warning "Timezone not checked (install pytz package for timezone validation)" is normal. feedvalidator can not check the spelling of the agency_timezone until you install the pytz package.

Extra help for Windows XP/2000 users

Open a new Command Prompt window. Change into the directory containing feedvalidator.py (Hint: type "cd " without quotes and drag the icon of the folder into command prompt window). Run feedvalidator.py . If you don't want to type the feed filename try dragging it into the command prompt window.

Command line options

Usage: feedvalidator.py [options] [<input GTFS.zip>]

Validates GTFS file (or directory) <input GTFS.zip> and writes a HTML
report of the results to validation-results.html.

If <input GTFS.zip> is ommited the filename is read from the console. Dragging
a file into the console may enter the filename.

For more information see
https://github.com/google/transitfeed/wiki/FeedValidator


Options:
  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -n, --noprompt        do not prompt for feed location or load output in
                        browser
  -o FILE, --output=FILE
                        write html output to FILE or --output=CONSOLE to print
                        all errors and warnings to the command console
  -p, --performance     output memory and time performance (Availability: Unix
  -m, --memory_db       Use in-memory sqlite db instead of a temporary file.
                        It is faster but uses more RAM.
  -d, --duplicate_trip_check
                        Check for duplicate trips which go through the same
                        stops with same service and start times
  -l LIMIT_PER_TYPE, --limit_per_type=LIMIT_PER_TYPE
                        Maximum number of errors and warnings to keep of each
                        type
  --latest_version=LATEST_VERSION
                        a version number such as 1.2.1 or None to get the
                        latest version from code.google.com. Output a warning
                        if transitfeed.py is older than this version.
  --service_gap_interval=SERVICE_GAP_INTERVAL
                        the number of consecutive days to search for with no
                        scheduled service. For each interval with no service
                        having this number of days or more a warning will be
                        issued

Revision History

See the TransitFeedDistribution page.

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