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Get position based on wifi APs and or Mozilla location database.

Project description

Locates the current wifi-enabled computer using nearby access points and or or both.

Project home:

Takes over from with the added benefit of Mozilla Location Services.


$ pip install wifindme

Dependencies (handled by pip)


Must run as root to get access to scanning on Linux.

Example use:

import wifindme
accuracy, latlng = wifindme.locate(device='wlan0')

Example script included in examples/, (prints out accuracy in meters, and coordinates):

$ sudo ./ wlan0
30 (59.12345, 10.12345)


Python 2 and 3. Only tested on Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch).

Development info

example query sent to

curl -H "Accept: application/json" -H "Content-type: application/json" -X POST -d '{"wifiAccessPoints":[{"macAddress":"24-DE-C6-A8-C9-64","signalStrength":-57}]}'

Example response:

{"source": "wifis", "measurements": 14, "location": {"lat": 59.12345, "lng": 10.12345}, "accuracy": 30}

or on fail:

{'resultType': 'error', 'results': {'source': 'none', 'measurements': 0, 'location': {'lat': 0.0, 'lng': 0.0}, 'accuracy': 9999}, 'error': {'message': 'Empty request', 'code': 400, 'errors': [{'message': None, 'reason': 'parseError', 'domain': 'global'}]}}


  • Notify

  • Support fetching location from both at the same time.

  • Googles API is compatible, so can add that as well.

  • Check with Mozilla if this can be packaged with test API key.

  • Correct radiocells “accuracy”. They always give 30m…

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