Python bindings for Mapnik.
Eventually we hope that many people will simply be able to
pip install mapnik in order to get prebuilt binaries,
this currently does not work though. So for now here are the instructions
Create a virtual environment
It is highly suggested that you have a python virtualenv when developing on mapnik.
Building from Mason
If you do not have mapnik built from source and simply wish to develop from the latest version in mapnik master branch you can setup your environment with a mason build. In order to trigger a mason build prior to building you must set the
MASON_BUILD environment variable.
After this is done simply follow the directions as per a source build.
Building from Source
Assuming that you built your own mapnik from source, and you have run
make install. Set any compiler or linking environment variables as necessary so that your installation of mapnik is found. Next simply run one of the two methods:
python setup.py develop
If you are currently developing on mapnik-python and wish to change the code in place and immediately have python changes reflected in your environment.
python setup.py install
If you wish to just install the package.
python setup.py develop --uninstall
Will de-activate the development install by removing the
python-mapnik entry from
If you need Pycairo, make sure that PYCAIRO is set to true in your environment or run:
PYCAIRO=true python setup.py develop
Building against Mapnik 3.0.x
master branch is no longer compatible with
3.0.x series of Mapnik. To build against Mapnik 3.0.x, use
Once you have installed you can test the package by running:
git submodule update --init python setup.py test
The test data in
./test/data-visual are standalone modules. If you need to update them see https://github.com/mapnik/mapnik/blob/master/docs/contributing.md#testing
If you hit an error like:
Fatal Python error: PyThreadState_Get: no current thread Abort trap: 6
That means you likely have built python-mapnik linked against a different python version than what you are running. To solve this try running:
/usr/bin/python <your script.py>
If you hit an error like the following when building with mason:
EnvironmentError: Missing boost_python boost library, try to add its name with BOOST_PYTHON_LIB environment var.
Try to set
export BOOST_PYTHON_LIB=boost_python before build.
boost_system is missing, do likewise:
export BOOST_SYSTEM_LIB=boost_system export BOOST_THREAD_LIB=boost_thread
If you still hit a problem create an issue and we'll try to help.