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Planar Bridge

Planar Bridge is a cross-platform tool for downloading and maintaining locally stored high-quality card scans from Magic: the Gathering.

All scans are obtained from Scryfall via their online card database. Bulk datasets used to build the image databases locally are from MTGJSON.

One greatly advantageous feature of Planar Bridge is that it upgrades the resolution on cards when a higher resolution is available. If a low-resolution scan exists locally, it will replace it with higher-resolution scans if available on Scryfall. This is especially helpful in handling cards that are part of a spoiled set and have not been scanned at a crisp high resolution yet.

Planar Bridge is currently in pre-alpha, so everything you see now is subject to change at any point.

This README file is incomplete at this point and will be improved upon as more commits are made.

Please save and share this project if you want to contribute or see how Planar Bridge progresses!


WARNING These instructions are obsolete and will be rewritten in the next commit. Please disregard this section for now. Thank you! (2023-07-14)

Planar Bridge is supported on Linux and macOS. It is expected (not yet tested) to function on Windows. However, it is only confirmed to work with at least Python 3.11.0, so check your installed Python version if you are unsure:

$ python3 -V
Python 3.11.0

(note that lines in code blocks beginning with $ mean this line is used as a user-executed command)

To install Planar Bridge, start by cloning this repository.

$ git clone --depth=1

Then, install the requests and tomli packages using pip.

$ python3 -m pip install requests tomli

Alternatively, you can use pipenv to set up a virtual environment within your cloned repo using the included Pipfile.


To run Planar Bridge, execute

$ python3 ./planar-bridge/
[12:34:56] INIT: comparing local & source files...

Planar Bridge will then begin the download process. Keep in mind that with over 600 categorized sets, downloading all card scans will take several hours even with the fastest internet connection. However, you can kill the program and start it later, and it will resume where it left off.

By default, Planar Bridge will store all card scans and bulk files within this repo and expects any config files to be here too. It will ignore these files and folders when syncing changes. However, you can specify a different directory to store card scans in, which is covered in the Configuration section.

Here is an example file tree layout of Planar Bridge's repo directory with some example set codes and fake UUIDs:

├─ imgs/
│  ├─ LEA/
│  │  ├─ tokens/
│  │  │  ├─ 01234567-89ab-cdef-0123-456789abcdef.jpg
│  │  │  ├─ fedcba98-7654-3210-fedc-ba9876543210.jpg
│  │  │  └─ ...
│  │  ├─ 01234567-89ab-cdef-fedc-ba9876543210.jpg
│  │  ├─ fedcba98-7654-3210-0123-456789abcdef.jpg
│  │  ├─ ...
│  │  └─ .states.json
│  ├─ LEB/
│  │  ├─ 1f2e3d4c-5b6a-7089-9807-a6b5-c4d3e2f1.jpg
│  │  ├─ 9807a6b5-c4d3-e2f1-1f2e-3d4c-5b6a7089.jpg
│  │  ├─ ...
│  │  └─ .states.json
│  ├─ 2ED/
│  │  └─ ...
│  ├─ ...
├─ json/
│  ├─ AllPrintings.json
│  └─ Meta.json
├─ .gitignore
├─ config-example.toml
├─ Pipfile
├─ planar_bridge/

Planar Bridge stores all card scans in imgs/ by default, which you can change in your config file if you want. Each card is categorized by set code, with tokens being stored in the tokens/ subfolder of the set it belongs to.

Planar Bridge names card image files according to that card's UUID from MTGJSON's database upon creation. At this time, there is no way to name a card file according to that card's name.

Stored in json/ are the bulk and meta JSON files containing card data used in downloading card scans. You can download these files manually on MTGJSON's download page.

In every set code folder, there will be a file named .states.json. This JSON file contains the resolutions of all the card scans in that set according to their UUIDs. This file is also found in imgs/, which states for each set code whether or not every card in that set is at the highest resolution available. Do not modify or delete these files, as they are required for proper functionality.


If you want to configure Planar Bridge, copy and rename config-example.toml to config.toml inside this repo.

Configurations you can make to Planar Bridge are specifying different imgs/ paths for card scans, and which sets, set types, and promo types to exclude from the download process. For more information on set and promo types, visit MTGJSON.

For now, the configuration of Planar Bridge is limited, so if you have a suggestion for more options to configure, feel free to open an issue.

Terms of Use

By downloading and running this program, you agree to Wizards of the Coast's Fan Content Policy as well as Scryfall's Terms of Service. If you have any questions about what you can/cannot do regarding these policies, carefully read each article and FAQ on the links to WotC's and Scryfall's terms and conditions.

This program has been made with the intent of respecting the 50 - 100 millisecond request rate limit that Scryfall enforces on its website:

We kindly ask that you insert 50 – 100 milliseconds of delay between the requests you send to the server at (i.e., 10 requests per second on average).

Submitting excessive requests to the server may result in a HTTP 429 Too Many Requests status code. Continuing to overload the API after this point may result in a temporary or permanent ban of your IP address.

- Scryfall's API homepage (Feb 2023)

Do not modify or remove this program's built-in timer that regulates the request rate itself. If you remove it, your IP address will likely get blocked, either temporarily or permanently.

With that being said, Planar Bridge and its developers accept zero responsibility regarding incidents that breach WotC's, Scryfall's, and/or Planar Bridge's terms and conditions. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!


Logo based on 'Portal' design made by Lorc.


This project is developed under an MIT License. For more information, see LICENSE.


Cross-platform Magic: the Gathering card downloader