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Booking tatkal tickets on IRCTC the supercool way

Posted by Anirudh on December 31, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Update : IRCTC has blocked Quick book from 8 AM - 9 AM. This method will not be useful in such a scenario. This article is a short demo to using Firefox's Autofill Forms extension to book tatkal tickets. First step is to go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4775 and install the extension. You'll need to restart Firefox for the extension to take effect. Now that it's done, head to the IRCTC website and login. Now head to the Quick Book page. You can fill in the details.quick book on IRCTC If you do not know the train number, you can get it from the "Plan My Travel" page. Now that you've filled up all the details you want to, right click on one of the form textboxes. Edit : IRCTC has now disabled right clicks. As a workaround you need to paste javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null) into your address bar to re-enable the right click. See my post on IRCTC's disabled right click. Click on the "Add complete form as profile" option.add complete form as profile A new window like this will now open up Autofill forms profile You can close the window and reload the QuickBook page. Press the Alt+j key combination to autofill the form. You can reload the page as many times as you want and press Alt+j to autofill. This post is dedicated to my good friend Dhanya. Edit : OK, I'm giving into blackmail from someone crafty and cunning(not my words) :P
@gjoos : i want my name included in that blogpost if you want me to TRY booking tickets for you tomorrow !!! :P
So, Divya chechi.. this post is dedicated to you as well :P Update : Wondering what CKWL means? Check out my blog post on CKWL status on Tatkal railway ticket.
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  • On December 31, 2009 at 6:01 PM achu said

    how about a pay per use royalty for these ppl ??

  • On January 11, 2010 at 6:26 PM nikilv said

    autofill was really helpful in registering to a private torrent site. we need to finish up in 1 min .. so first when we fill up ti will timeout .i used auto fill to succesfully register durin my 2nd attempt

  • On January 31, 2010 at 12:02 PM Bhanu Pratap said


    Thanks for posting such a great information on India railways, but I think the main issue with IRCTC is the REFUND.
    The refund policy is very bad, it may take more then 3-4 months even after many followups via emails and even send a written complaint to the GM of Indian Railways.. This is the only drawback, our Govt. should take some action and improve the refund policy so that customer do not face at least refund problem.

  • On February 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM Anirudh said

    What is the context for your refund? Did you apply for refund after a failed transaction with the bank? So far I’ve never had problems with refunds, which is why I asked. In case of failed bank transactions/ticket booking they usually credit it back to the account automatically

  • On April 11, 2010 at 5:10 PM Prakash said

    Hi, Thanks for the great tips. It helps me lot to book tatkal ticket.

  • On May 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM Ashutosh said

    sir, Plz help me I cant do it, and how can i do with irctc plz help me

  • On May 29, 2010 at 7:45 AM KAMLESH said

    thanks a lot for ur this great information.
    one more thing i wud like to know wt abt if i have a broadband speed of 8/16/32 mbps and hw will it increase the chances of booking opening tatkal tkts.

  • On June 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM Anirban Pal said


    Once I have used ur mentioned method to book online train ticket in tathkal, but now irctc has blockd rightclick in their pages, so can’t use the method again.

    Anirban Pal

  • On June 4, 2010 at 6:43 AM sid said

    i think quickbook page does not allow right clicking now .
    what now?

  • On June 6, 2010 at 7:24 PM Rohit Nair said

    “right click on one of the form textboxes” Try doing that now.

    “Sorry, you do not have permission to right click” :|

  • On June 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM Saroj said

    Hay Thanks, for this nice work. I had booked my tatkal ticket by this way. But Now it does not work. When you fill the form and try to rightclik it show the message,”sorry you don’t have permission to right click. Is there any solutions for this.

  • On June 9, 2010 at 8:14 AM Anirudh said

    Have found a workaround to the right click problem. Have updated the post :)

  • On June 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM Jose Cyriac said

    But if the site is down @ 8:00 am and 30 seconds, there is no use with this technique. and if you have a very good typing speed, i dont think you need this automation. I have booked Tatkal tickets in the past within 1 minute without the help of any automation.

  • On June 11, 2010 at 7:32 AM Anirudh said

    If site is down at 8:00:30 there’s no use of any technique. This one is for mere mortals who take time to type :D

  • On June 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM Dhruv said

    You are great. That javascript solution is really helpful.


  • On September 23, 2010 at 9:50 PM DHVL said


  • On September 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM r0hanz said


  • On October 22, 2010 at 8:52 PM AKBARALI said

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  • On November 18, 2010 at 11:21 AM Raju Lingala said

    Yesterday and today I was able to book the tatkal ticket successfully. Thanks to the Auto fill forms and very special thanks to the blogger.

  • On November 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM Anirudh said

    @Raju : Glad to have been of help :)

  • On November 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM Pradip said

    I find the autofill tool in mozila too many months ago, but do not know how to use it. Great idea about your javascript & autofill tools.

    Thank you Sir

  • On December 2, 2010 at 11:08 AM Anirudh said

    My pleasure :)

  • On December 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM Prem said

    Thanks a ton for sharing the tips…I booked tatkal ticket @8:02am.

  • On January 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM r0hanz said


    ANY HELP ??????

  • On January 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM manu said

    thanks for the great tip! I used it to book my tatkal ticket.

  • On February 28, 2011 at 7:31 AM Bhadresh said


    Thanks this trick used to work for me. now Alt +j is not filling data automatically. After upgrading i am not able to see data filling. I am using vista and firefox 3.6.13. is there any issue with version or OS? Can you please help me?

    Thanks in Advance.

  • On April 14, 2011 at 9:33 AM hemang said

    how to save this form as a profile. Have filled plan my travel details. downloaded addon but dont know how to save & restore. Plz help.

  • On May 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM Iqbal said

    Quick book banned for 8.00 AM to 9:00 AM, Any Trick?

  • On May 8, 2011 at 5:47 PM vardhraj said

    i want to book e- ticket but i dont have printer, to print ERS so any option to print ERS, since ,the bottom of ERS it shows the option of print and book another ticket , then how i save the ERS in my computer or copy in pendrive, and send it to ma mail id any option please help me

  • On May 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM Pushkar said

    Quick Book is not allowed between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. This is the message I get.

  • On May 13, 2011 at 3:04 AM chiru said

    Any workaround for Quick Book Anirudh?

  • On May 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM tapan said

    few days ago irctc ‘quick book’ option word 8 a.m to 9 a. m . but now ‘quick book’ option blocked by irctc. have any latest trick to book tatkal tkt.
    pz reply by mail.
    7777abcd AT gmail . com
    mnop3333 AT gmail . com

  • On June 7, 2011 at 9:08 AM reetu said

    quick book is not allowed between 8:00AM to 9:00AM how can i book tatkal on one click.plz inform my mail id [email protected]

  • On June 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM afzal said

    quick book is not allowed between 8:00AM to 9:00AM how can i book tatkal b coz of aaj taq news .. thks you aaj taq great job ..

  • On June 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM afzal said

    quick book is not allowed between 8:00AM to 9:00AM is this solution ??????????

  • On July 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM Dhruv said

    Since Quick Book is not allowed between 8:00 to 9:00, the above technique doesn’t work. But still there is a technique which works. You can read more at http://www.renjusblog.com/2011/07/irctc-tatkal-trick-book-confirmed.html

  • On July 22, 2011 at 9:45 PM Rinku Dongria said

    Hey Ani,

    U rock :) :)

  • On July 29, 2011 at 11:05 PM Anirudh said

    Thank you, Rinku :)

  • On August 28, 2011 at 7:36 AM Yaseen D M said

    Thanx dude. This is a nice trick to fill up the IRCTC Ticket form quickly.

  • On October 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM Jinesh said

    Thanxx a ton mann, U jus rockk……:-))

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