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MapProxy Quickstart

MapProxy is the swiss army knife for all WMS and tile services. It caches, accelerates and transforms data from existing map services and serves any desktop or web GIS client.

MapProxy diagram

MapProxy is not only a tile cache solution, but also offers many new and innovative features like full support for WMS clients.

Start the service and view the demo

MapProxy has flexible deployment options and you can integrate it in Apache for example. But you can also start MapProxy as a standalone service, which is the best option to get started.

  1. To start MapProxy as a standalone service click on Geospatial ‣ Web Services ‣ MapProxy ‣ Start MapProxy.

  2. Open Firefox and navigate to http://localhost:8011/demo

The MapProxy demo page contains a rudimentary WMS and tile client for each configured layer. You can’t select the projection for WMS layers for example, but it is enough to quickly verify that your installation works.

View in desktop GIS

You can add MapProxy in any WMS Desktop GIS like uDig, QGIS or gvSIG. The service URL is: http://localhost:8011/service?

The MapProxy example configuration contains a few layers that use different map engines and map data. See below for more details about each layer.

MapProxy example in uDig

Single WMS layer with data from two cascaded sources and FeatureInformation from one source.

Available layers


The world population rendered by Mapnik. You don’t need to start the Mapnik service, because this layer makes use of the integrated Mapnik support in MapProxy.


The world population rendered by Mapnik as tile layer.


The US population rendered by the GeoServer WMS. This layer also supports GetFeatureInfo requests which are cascaded to the source WMS. You need to start GeoServer with Geospatial ‣ Web Services ‣ GeoServer ‣ Start GeoServer before accessing this layer.


This layer demonstrates the ability to combine multiple sources into one layer. It combines the world population from Mapnik with the US population from GeoServer. The GetFeatureInfo support for the US population is still available. You need to start GeoServer with Geospatial ‣ Web Services ‣ GeoServer ‣ Start GeoServer before accessing this layer.


This layer uses Mapserver Itasca demo dataset. It is a local dataset and it uses the coverage feature to limit the BBOX to Itasca, IL.

Create you own configuration

You can use mapproxy-util to create new configuration templates and to start a test server.

To create a new configuration:

mapproxy-util create -t base-config ~/mapproxy

To start the test server on port 8011 with the created configuration:

mapproxy-util serve-develop ~/mapproxy/mapproxy.yaml -b

You can now visit the demo page at MapProxy will automatically reload if you change your configuration file.

What next?