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scan-for-webcams 📷


PyPI - License Discord server invite



I switched to a new method of installing this program for a better developer experience and better modifiability.

As a result, the PYPI package scan-for-webcams is not maintained anymore, and should be considered deprecated.

btw: we have a discord channel ! join

Table of contents


  • python sfw search MJPG : for public MJPG streamers

  • python sfw search webcamXP : for public webcamXP streamers

  • python sfw search yawCam: for public yawCam steamers

  • python sfw search hipcam: for public hipcam streamers

  • python sfw search rtsp: DANGER searches for rtsp servers on shodan, and performs enumeration on them to try and find streams

  • python sfw play {url}: plays the camera stream

    • for rtsp:// streams, sfw will play it in a GUI viewer (see sfw/
    • for all other streams, sfw will open it in the default browser.
  • python sfw search ... --gui: displays the scanned cameras in a grid visually.

  • python sfw search --help: for more options and help

The program will output a list of links with the format of ip_address:port, and descriptions of the image beneath it.

If your terminal supports links, click the link and open it in your browser, otherwise, copy the link and open it in your browser.


  1. Clone this repository: git clone

  2. install requirements.txt: pip install -r requirements.txt

  3. set up shodan: go to, register/log in and grab your API key

  4. set up clarifai: go to, register/log in, create an application and grab your API key. Alternatively, use the local places365 model.

  5. setup geoip: go to, register/log in and grab your API key

  6. Add API keys:

    1. run python sfw setup
    2. enter your shodan, clarifai and geoip API keys

And then you can run the program!

Places365: On device footage classification

It is now possible to run the Places365 model, a model fined tuned for real world locations, to get information about webcam footage.

To use this model, you need to install the following packages:

pip install -r requirements-places.txt

Then, you can run the program with the --places flag:

python sfw search MJPG --tag=False --places

The model will take some time to download, and will be cached for future use.

Graphical User Interface

To get a display of the live streams of all the scanned webcams, simply append the --gui option to your command.