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QGIS embbeded WMS/WFS/WCS asynchronous scalable server.


This is a asynchronous HTTP Qgis server written in python on top of the tornado framework and the 0MQ messaging framework for distributing requests workers.

It is based on the new Qgis 3 server API for efficiently passing requests/responses using 0MQ messaging framework to workers.

The server may be run as a self-contained single service or as a proxy server with an arbitrary number of workers running remotely or locally. Independant workers connect automatically to the front-end proxy with no need of special configuration on the proxy side. Thus, this is ideal for auto-scaling configuration for use with container orchestrator as Rancher, Swarm or Kubernetes.

The server is aimed at solving some real situations encountered in production environment: zero conf scalability, handle long-running request situation, auto restart...


  • Multiples workers
  • Fair queuing request dispatching
  • Timeout for long running/stalled requests
  • Full support of qgis server plugins
  • Auto-restart trigger for workers
  • Support streamed/chunked responses
  • SSL support


  • OS: Unix/Posix variants (Linux or OSX) (Windows not officialy supported)
  • Python >= 3.5
  • QGIS > 3.0 installed
  • Some python knowledge about python virtualenv and package installation.
  • libzmq >= 4.0.1 and pyzmq >= 17


From source

Install in development mode

pip install -e .

Version X.Y.Z From python package archive

pip install py-qgis-server-X.Y.Z.tar.gz

Running the server

The server does not run as a daemon by itself, there is several way to run a command as a daemon.

For example:

  • Use Supervisor Will gives you full control over logs and server status notifications.
  • Use the daemon command.
  • Use systemd
  • ...

Running the server

usage: qgisserver [-h] [-d] [-c [PATH]]
                  [--version] [-p PORT] [-b IP] [-w NUM] [-j NUM] [-u SETUID]
                  [--rootdir PATH] [--proxy] [--timeout SECONDS]

qgis/HTTP/0MQ scalable server

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -d, --debug           debug mode
  -c [PATH], --config [PATH]
                        Configuration file
  --version             Return version number and exit
  -p PORT, --port PORT  http port
  -b IP, --bind IP      Interface to bind to
  -w NUM, --workers NUM
                        Num workers
  -j NUM, --jobs NUM    Num server instances
  -u SETUID, --setuid SETUID
                        uid to switch to
  --rootdir PATH        Path to qgis projects
  --proxy               Run only as proxy
  --timeout SECONDS     Set client timeout in seconds

By default the command will run server instances with workers and use unix sockets to communicate. This can be used to run the server as a single command.

Running proxy and workers separately

If the --proxy option the server will act as a proxy server to talk to independant qgis workers.

Qgis workers can be run using the command:

qgisserver-worker --host=localhost --rootdir=path/to/projects

Requests to OWS services

The OWS requests use the following format: /ows/?<ows_query_params>



Using with lizmap

In order to use the server with lizmap, you must set the following configuration in your lizmapConfig.ini.php:


; Use relative path


The configuration can be done either as configuration .ini file in or as environment variables.

The precedences of the gonfiguration parameters is the following (from lowest to highest)

  • Defaults values
  • Environment variables
  • Config file
  • Command line options

Configuration parameters

Here is a sample config file with the default values and the corresponding env variables

port=8080          # QGSRV_SERVER_HTTP_PORT
workers=2          # QGSRV_SERVER_WORKERS
timeout=20         # QGSRV_SERVER_TIMEOUT
pluginpath=        # QGSRV_SERVER_PLUGINPATH        


size=10    # QGSRV_CACHE_SIZE

bindaddr=tcp://*:18080  # QGSRV_ZMQ_INADDR
maxqueue=1000           # QGSRV_ZMQ_MAXQUEUE
timeout=15000           # QGSRV_ZMQ_TIMEOUT

Have a look to for all configuration variables.


By default, the server log on stdout/stderr and you have to configure redirection and log rotation on your infrastructure environment

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