mensa.js is a ready-to-use node.js script which crawls the website of the Bern University of Applied Sciences in order to retrieve today's cantina menu in Biel.
- Node.js (v8+)
- v10.15.1 is recommended
First, open your terminal or git bash in order to clone and install this repository into any directory of your choice:
git clone https://github.com/frickerg/mensajs.git cd mensajs npm install
Add mensa.js to your terminal
Now this is where the fun begins: Imagine to sit in a lecture and your stomach is growling like crazy. It would be way too distracting from this precious lecture if we had to open up the bfh website and search for the menu.
Since we're programmers, we do everything (or most things) inside a terminal. We will eventually be able to check today's menu with only one simple command!
Since you use Linux, I assume that you know what you are doing.
Create an alias for the node command in your
.zshrc or other startup scripts:
alias mensajs='node ~/path/to/mensajs/mensa.js'# You can also specify in which language you want to retrieve the menu# To retrieve the menu in French, add the --fr argumentalias mensajs='node ~/path/to/mensajs/mensa.js --fr'
Changes are only available in a new shell session. To make changes immediately
source ~/.bashrc (or your shell config file like
The best way however in my opinion, is to always restart your computer after messing with your bash 😉
On Mac OS
On Mac OS, open Finder and navigate to your home directory (named after your username with the house-icon) and show all hidden files with
CMD + SHIFT + .
You will now see a file called
.bash_profile, open it with a TextEditor of your choice and add your aliases at the end of the file:
alias mensajs='node ~/path/to/mensajs/mensa.js'alias mensa='mensajs'# You can use whatever you want as an alias, like for very hungry days:alias givemefood='node ~/path/to/mensajs/mensa.js'# You can also specify in which language you want to retrieve the menu# To retrieve the menu in French, add the --fr argumentalias mensajs='node ~/path/to/mensajs/mensa.js --fr'
To make the command available from everywhere in the system, DO NOT remove the ~/ prefix at the beginning!
Save the file and close it. Now log out or restart your computer.
You can now retrieve today's cantina menu by simply entering the command
mensajs (or any other alias defined by yourself) and the script will display today's menu inside of your terminal! 🎉
Create a .bat or .cmd file with DOSKEY commands. Be sure to save the file on your
C:\ drive and avoid any
User sub-directories such as
Documents, etc. (I usually save it as close to the
C:\ root directory as possible or directly inside my own
Now write this into your newly created file and adapt the path:
@echo offDOSKEY mensajs="node C:\path\to\mensajs\mensa.js"DOSKEY mensa="mensajs"
You can also specify in which language you want to retrieve the menu.
To retrieve the menu in French, add the
DOSKEY mensajs="node C:\path\to\mensajs\mensa.js --fr"
regedit and go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor, then choose
Add String Value to add a new entry with the name
AutoRun and the full path of your
%USERPROFILE%\alias.cmd, replacing the initial segment of the path with
%USERPROFILE% is useful for syncing among multiple machines. This way, every time cmd is run, the aliases are loaded. The path as well as the name of your
.bat/.cmd file are completely up to you and within your own responsibility.
After performing all these steps, make sure to restart your computer. The aliases should now be set and you can call the script with the alias you've set within your
After successfully performing all required steps described above, just open a terminal of your choice, type your specified alias command and press enter to get the glorious mensa menu of today!
Copyright (c) 2019 Guillaume Fricker
Contributors Hall of Fame
Gabriel Hess (@hessg1):
- Fixed a breaking error after the layout of the website had changed
- Implemented the "Mardi Francophone", an important tradition at the I4MI