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Airodump with GPS coordinates

This is how I could use airodump-ng and walk around with my Raspberry Pi 3 and get an exact mapping in Google Earth of when/where airodump-ng discovered APs, amongst other devices.

Table of contents
  1. Getting started
    1. Prerequisites
    2. Current USB devices
    3. Plug in your USB GPS dongle
  2. gpsd
  3. airodump-ng
  4. Google Earth
  5. Authors
  6. Acknowledgments

Getting started

Hook your Raspberry Pi 3 to an external battery source. To calculate how long your battery pack will power the device, go to To calculate mAh on you battery, go to


  • Raspberry Pi Model 3
  • Kali Linux
  • Globalsat BU-353S4
  • Battery pack

Current USB devices

List your current USB devices.

root@kali:~# lsusb  
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 2357:0106 TP-Link Avision AM3000/MF3000 Series
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00  Avision AM3000/MF3000 Series
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9514  Avision AM3000/MF3000 Series
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Do you have a ttyUSB0 device?

root@kali:~# ls /dev | grep USB

Plug in your USB GPS dongle

See that is has been detected:

root@kali:~# lsusb 
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 067b:2303 Prolific Technology, Inc. PL2303 Serial Port

Has it shown up as ttyUSB0?

root@kali:~# ls /dev | grep USB
crw-rw----   1 root dialout 188,   0 Sep 21 20:33 ttyUSB0


Install an interface daemon for GPS receivers, gpsd:

root@kali:~# apt install gpsd

Run gpsd:

root@kali:~# screen
root@kali:~# gpsd -N -n -D 3 /dev/ttyUSB0

(Ctrl + a then d, to detach from screen).

NOTE: The -N option makes gpsd run in the foreground and the -D sets the debug level. This allows us to make sure the gps actually gets connected to the satellite.


Put your monitor mode compatible WiFi card in monitor mode:

root@kali:~# airmon-ng start wlan0

And then start airodump-ng with these parameters:

root@kali:~# screen
root@kali:~# airodump-ng wlan0mon -w packets --gpsd --output-format netxml -M -W -U

(Ctrl + a then d, to detach from screen).

-w : write to file called ‘packets’ –gpsd : obtain gps data from gpsd –output-format : use netxml for the -w file -M : show a section with manufacturer -W : show a coloumn with WPS technology -U : show a coloumn with uptime obtained from AP beacon

PS: To se avilable parameters, check out man airodump-ng.

Then unplug your Raspberry Pi 3 from your ethernet connection and take a hike!

When you come back, plug your Raspberry Pi 3 in to your network, log on, resume your airodump-ng session with screen -r and use ‘Ctrl + c’ to stop the process. You’ll now have a file in the directory from which airodump-ng was started, namely packets-01.kismet.netxml.

Google Earth

We can import the packets-01.kismet.netxml generated file into Google Earth, and have a layout of our airodumped APs with “exact” GPS coordinates with the help of a python script. But in order to make the python script work, we’ll have to open the packets-01.kismet.netxml file in our favourite editor and replace symbols;

                        <essid cloaked="true">&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&
#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;&#x   0;</essid>

To something like

                        <essid cloaked="true">0     0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0       0/essid>

.. then the following python script will be able to parse the .kismet.netxml format;

kali@root:~# wget
kali@root:~# mv
(kali@root:~# chmod +x
root@kali:~# python --kml packets-01.kismet.netxml -o WDRIVE
Parser: packets-01.kismet.netxml, 6504 new, 13 old
Outputfile: WDRIVE.*

KML export...
WPA     3782
WEP     25
None    304
Other   2393
Done. 6504 networks

Then open up Chrome webbrowser, go to and press ‘Launch Google Earth in Chrome’ > My Places > and click ‘IMPORT KML FILE’ and select WDRIVE.kml.


Mr. Johnson