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Parse Ingress Intel, Google Maps, and Apple Maps URLs

Project Description

This module started as a simple parser for Intel URLs for Niantic Lab’s Ingress game. It then grew, like an ugly monster, to support most flavors of Google Maps and Apple Maps URLs.

When a URL is parsed, we return a structure that contains the latitude and longitude of the place, along with a host of other values, such as a name for the map, potential zoom levels for the map, and human captions if we can decipher them from the map service provider.

See the source code for the exact return values.

Niantic Labs is not responsible for this program, and neither endorses nor supports it. The author is not associated with Niantic Labs and makes no representations.


>>> from intelurls import check_mapurl, parse_mapurl, parse_natural
>>> from pprint import pprint

An Ingress Intel URL:

>>> check_mapurl("this is a string with a url in it,-122.377385&z=17 and more test")

A Google Maps URL with a caption:

>>> pprint(parse_mapurl(",-122.431961&cid=10889150637731333995&q=Beck's%20Motor%20Lodge"))
{'caption': "Beck's Motor Lodge",
 'latlng': [37.765727, -122.431961],
 'name': 'map_@37.765727,-122.431961'}

A Google Maps ShortURL:

>>> pprint(parse_mapurl(""))
{'caption': '',
 'latlng': [45.0215057, 14.6293757],
 'name': 'map_@45.0215057,14.6293757'}

A natural language location:

>>> pprint(parse_natural("San Francisco, CA"))
{'caption': 'San Francisco, CA, USA',
 'latlng': [37.7749295, -122.4194155],
 'name': 'map_@37.7749295,-122.4194155_z13',
 'zoom': 13}

For a full list of everything we can parse, look at tests/, this list is fairly extensive.


There are so many combinations of URLs, that a regression test jig was created. Most of the code is self-contained, however the natural language location and URLs that need expansion or page scraping need to interact with a third party service (typically the Google Maps API) and that data has been known to change over time.

A failed test isn’t a reason to not install the module.

valid.out is correct at the time of this publication, but may get out of date if the third party services change or move map items. If unit test fails, it’s best to examine -why- it failed to see if it is an actual bug or just a change by a third party. If you need to, you may re-create valid.out with


0.0.2: README.rst formatting 0.0.1: Original publication

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