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A Python interface for OpenSky database

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The pyopensky Python library provides functions to download data from the OpenSky Network live API and historical databases. It aims at making ADS-B and Mode S data from OpenSky easily accessible in the Python programming environment.

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pip install pyopensky

The library is also available on conda-forge:

conda install -c conda-forge pyopensky

Development mode (with poetry):

git clone
cd pyopensky
poetry install


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Trino (or specify it in the Impala form)

The first time you use the library, a configuration file named settings.conf is created, including the following content:

username =
password =

You will identify the folder where the settings.conf is located:

from pyopensky.config import opensky_config_dir



  • from the REST API:

    from import REST
    rest = REST()
    rest.aircraft(icao24, begin, end)
    rest.arrival(airport, begin, end)
    rest.departure(airport, begin, end)
  • from the Impala shell (requires authentication):

    from pyopensky.impala import Impala
    impala = Impala()
    # full description of the whole set of parameters in the documentation
    impala.flightlist(start, stop, *, airport, callsign, icao24)
    impala.history(start, stop, *, callsign, icao24, bounds)
    impala.rawdata(start, stop, *, callsign, icao24, bounds)
  • from the Trino database (requires authentication):

    from pyopensky.trino import Trino
    trino = Trino()
    # full description of the whole set of parameters in the documentation
    trino.flightlist(start, stop, *, airport, callsign, icao24)
    trino.history(start, stop, *, callsign, icao24, bounds)
    trino.rawdata(start, stop, *, callsign, icao24, bounds)

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