Map Pokemon GO stuff with Android devices
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Python 3.6


Map'A'Droid is a Raid & Pokémon scanner for Pokémon GO, based on Android devices.



  • Python 3.6
  • MySQL database, with RocketMap or Monocle structure
  • Rooted Android device
  • PogoDroid token (only necessary for MITM Mode), obtainable via Patreon

MAD is compatible with this Monocle schema and this RocketMap fork. Please use them or change your database accordingly.



Install python 3.6 & pip3 according to docs for your platform. Make sure you carefully check the command, since even if python3.6 is installed, the python3 command could still point to python3.5 or below!

Once Python is installed, ensure that pip and python is installed correctly by running:

  • python3 --version - should return 3.6.x
  • pip3 --version - If it returns a version, it is working.

Clone this repository:

git clone

Make sure you're in the directory of MAD and run:

pip3 install -r requirements.txt

If you want to use OCR to scan raids, run with requirements_ocr.txt and install additional packages: apt-get install tesseract-ocr python-opencv

MAD concept

MAD concept graphic

RGC (Remote GPS Controller) is responsible for receiving the GPS commands from your server, taking screenshots (if OCR is enabled) and managing Pokémon Go on the phone (restarting, detecting if POGO is opened, etc)

PogoDroid is the MITM (Man in the middle) App for reading the data from Pokémon Go and send it to your server. If you use the OCR method, you don’t need this app.


Inside the config folder, duplicate the config.ini.example and rename it to config.ini. Then populate it with at least the database and websocket configurations.


In order to map devices to areas, do the same with mappings_example.json and rename it to mappings.json Refer to mappings_example.json for examples or run python3 -wm and open the MADMIN mappings editor (http://localhost:5000).


Each area requires geofence_included. A geofence can easily be created with

A geofence requires a name: [geofence name] with lat, lng per line, no empty lines at the end of file

Phone Setup


  1. Ensure your phone has an unlocked bootloader and is able to support root. Lineage OS is a good place to start for a custom ROM and they have good installation instruction for each device.
  2. Install Magisk to root the phone via recovery. Repackage the MagiskManager App and add Pokémon Go to Magisk Hide. Make sure to delete the folder /sdcard/MagiskManager after repackaging.

It's necessary to pass the Safetynet check to run Pokémon Go on rooted phones. Check the Safetynet status in the MagiskManager App.


Install RGC (Remote GPS Controller) and PogoDroid (only necessary for MITM mode) on the phone. RGC must be installed as a system app. Best practice is to convert it to a system app with link2sd. Both apps require an Origin header field that's configured in mappings.json. These Origins need to be unique per running python instance. The websocket URI for RGC is ws://<ip>:<port> and the POST destination for PogoDroid is http://<ip>:<port>.

The port for RGC is 8080 by default and can be changed with ws_port. The port for PogoDroid is 8000 by default and can be changed with mitmreceiver_port.

The IP address is the IP of your server, not your phone!

To login into PogoDroid, you need a token. You can obtain a token by clicking on Get Token in PogoDroid and sending the command !settoken <your_token> to the MAD Discord Bot. This will only work if you're a Patreon supporter and linked your account to Discord.


If you are experiencing weird and quick GPS jumps to the actual location from the phone, you can try these steps to fix it.

Keep in mind that any of these possible fixes can cause boot loops or crashes. Please create a backup of your phone, if you don't want to start over.

  • Use tinfoil around your phone (seriously)
  • Enable GMS reset
  • Disable Google Play Services background data
  • Set the device to GPS only
  • Disable Wi-Fi location (same settings tab as GPS)
  • Try flightmode with only Wi-Fi enabled
  • Disable FusedLocation inside Google Play Services via Service Disabler

Launching MAD

Make sure you're in the directory of MAD and run:


Usually, you want to append -wm and -os as arguments to start madmin (browser-based monitoring) and the scanner (-os) responsible for controlling devices and receiving data from Pogodroid (if OCR enabled, also take screenshots).

If you want to run OCR on screenshots, run -oo to analyse screenshots


MADMIN is a web frontend to configure MAD to your needs, see the current position of your devices, fix OCR failures. You can enable it with with_madmin in the config file or -wm as a command line argument. The default port is 5000. See the config.ini.example for more options.


To make your life easier you can use the scripts in scripts/.

Spawnpoint Importer (

If you used to scan before and happen to still have your spawnpoints in your Monocle or Rocketmap database then you can use this script to import them to MAD. You must have the trs_spawn table already in your database and you must have filled out the Database portion of the MAD config file!

Intel Importer (

If you ran the MITM method for the first time, you will probably notice that all gyms are missing names and pictures. If you want to add this information, you can use this script. First of all, you'll need a CSV Export from the Ingress Intel Map. Install IITC and the IntelCsvExporterMADedition.js in the scripts directory. Make sure to scrape all the necessary portals in your area and export the CSV file to your server. The second step is to run the script with the csv file as the first parameter.
Example: ./ export.csv.


RGC and PogoDroid both support wss/HTTPS respectively. Thus you can setup reverse proxies for MAD. The Auth headers in RGC and Pogodroid both use Basic auth. This means the password/username is not encrypted per default, that's to be done by SSL/TLS (wss, HTTPS).