A map tile server for PostGIS based on node.js and Mapnik
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Windshaft map tiler

A Node.js based webmercator map tile server for PostGIS with Carto map styling API.

  • Pluggable routing to provide customizable tile API URL endpoints
  • Before and after filters to allow custom access control and caching strategies
  • Can render all table data, or data restricted by SQL query
  • Generates image and UTFGrid interactivity tiles
  • Accepts, stores, serves, and applies map styles written in the Carto markup language (same markup as Mapbox Tilemill)
  • Accepts custom map styles on a per tile basis in the tile request
  • Allows setting of CORS headers to allow access to tile data from Javascript
  • No multi layer or composite support yet

![Puma Concolor by @eightysteele] ( http://github.com/Vizzuality/Windshaft/raw/master/examples/puma_concolor.png )

Being a dynamic map renderer, windshaft commits some map server 'sins' in its raw form. The idea is that you the developer will want to graft your own auth/metrics/caching/scaling on top of decent core components. Same old story: high cohesion, low coupling makes us happy.

Windshaft is a library used by cartodb.com, an Open Source Geospatial Database on the Cloud.


  • supports single layer render only.



npm install


var Windshaft = require('windshaft');

// Configure pluggable URLs
// =========================
// The config object must define grainstore config (generally just
// postgres connection details), redis config, a base url and a function
// that adds 'dbname' and 'table' variables onto the Express.js req.params
// object.  In this example, the base URL is such that dbname and table will
// automatically be added to the req.params object by express.js. req2params
// can be extended to allow full control over the specifying of dbname and
// table, and also allows for the req.params object to be extended with
// other variables, such as:
// * sql - custom sql query to narrow results shown in map)
// * geom_type - specify the geom type (point|polygon) to get more
//               appropriate default styles
// * cache_buster - forces the creation of a new render object, nullifying
//                  existing metatile caches
// * interactivity - specify the column to use in the UTFGrid
//                   interactivity layer (defaults to null)
// * style - specify map style in the Carto map language on a per tile basis
// the base url is also used for persisiting and retrieving map styles via:
// GET  base_url + '/style' (returns a map style)
// POST base_url + '/style' (allows specifying of a style in Carto markup
//                           in the 'style' form variable).
// beforeTileRender and afterTileRender could be defined if you want yo
// implement your own tile cache policy. See an example below

var config = {
        base_url: '/database/:dbname/table/:table',
        req2params: function(req, callback){callback(null,req)},
        grainstore: {
		datasource: {
			user:'postgres', host: '',
        		port: 5432
		}}, //see grainstore npm for other options
        redis: {host: '', port: 6379},
        // this two filters are optional
        beforeTileRender: function(req, res, callback)
        afterTileRender: function(req, res, tile, headers, callback)
            callback(null, tile, headers);

// Initialize tile server on port 4000
var ws = new Windshaft.Server(config);
console.log("map tiles are now being served out of: http://localhost:4000"
            + config.base_url + '/:z/:x/:y.*');

// Specify .png, .png8 or .grid.json tiles.

See examples directory for running server and maptile viewer

Installing Mapnik

Source https://github.com/mapnik/mapnik/downloads




There should be .deb packages out there with stable 2.0.0 packages right now. Search fro libmapnik2-dev


Windshaft has a unit and acceptance test suite. To execute them, run make check.

-- Thanks to the Mapnik and Mapbox team for making such flexible tools