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stratuxcot - Stratux Cursor-on-Target Gateway.

Screenshot of ADS-B PLI in ATAK.

The Stratux Cursor-On-Target Gateway (StratuxCOT) transforms Stratux aircraft position information into Cursor on Target Position Location Information for display on Situational Awareness applications such as the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), WinTAK, RaptorX, et al. For more information on the TAK suite of tools, see:

For more information on the Stratux Portable ADS-B receiver, see:

StratuxCOT uses the Python Team Awareness Kit (PyTAK) module.

Support Development

Tech Support: Email or Signal/WhatsApp: +1-310-621-9598

This tool has been developed for the Disaster Response, Public Safety and Frontline Healthcare community. This software is currently provided at no-cost to users. Any contribution you can make to further this project's development efforts is greatly appreciated.

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Functionality provided by a command-line tool called stratuxcot, which can be installed several ways.

Preferred Method Installing as a Debian/Ubuntu Package:

$ wget
$ sudo apt install -f ./python3-aircot_latest_all.deb
$ wget
$ sudo apt install -f ./python3-pytak_latest_all.deb
$ wget
$ sudo apt install -f ./python3-stratuxcot_latest_all.deb

Alternate Method Install from the Python Package Index:

$ python3 -m pip install -U aircot
$ python3 -m pip install -U pytak
$ python3 -m pip install -U stratuxcot

For Developers Install from this source tree:

$ git clone
$ cd stratuxcot/
$ python3 stratuxcot


The stratuxcot command-line program has several runtime arguments:

$ stratuxcot -h
usage: stratuxcot [-h] [-c CONFIG_FILE]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -c CONFIG_FILE, --CONFIG_FILE CONFIG_FILE Default: config.ini


Configuration parameters can be specified either via environment variables or in a INI-stile configuration file.


  • STRATUX_WS: Stratux Websocket URL. Default: ws://stratux.local/traffic`
  • COT_URL: (optional) Destination for Cursor-On-Target messages. See PyTAK for options.
  • KNOWN_CRAFT: (optional) CSV-style aircraft hints file for overriding callsign, icon, COT Type, etc.
  • INCLUDE_ALL_CRAFT: (optional) If set & KNOWN_CRAFT is set, will include aircraft not in KNOWN_CRAFT.

There are other configuration parameters available via PyTAK.

Configuration parameters are imported in the following priority order:

  1. config.ini (if exists) or -c <filename> (if specified).
  2. Environment Variables (if set).
  3. Defaults.

Running as a Service

It's recommended to run stratuxcot as a service ("daemon") using a built-in service manager like systemd.

To accomplish this, first create the file /etc/systemd/system/stratuxcot.service:

Description=StratuxCoT Service
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/stratuxcot -U tcp:x.x.x.x:8088 -W ws://

Then, it's as easy as:

$ sudo systemctl enable stratuxcot.service
$ sudo systemctl start stratuxcot.service

To see status & logs:

$ sudo systemctl status stratuxcot.service
$ sudo journalctl -xe

Alternatively, you can use supervisord:

$ sudo yum install supervisor
$ sudo service supervisord start

Create /etc/supervisor.d/stratuxcot.ini with the following content:

command=stratuxcot -c /home/pi/stratux-config.ini

And update supervisor:

$ sudo supervisorctl update


The source for stratuxcot can be found on Github:


stratuxcot is written and maintained by Greg Albrecht W2GMD


stratuxcot is Copyright 2022 Greg Albrecht


Copyright 2022 Greg Albrecht <>

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.