MapServer

These MapServer Recipes are the simplest examples I could come up with for learning how to use MapServer (available at http://www.mapserver.org). They are written using PHP/MapScript. I assume you already have a working installation of MapServer and PHP/MapScript on your machine (although the first example can be used to find out whether you really do!). Full MapServer documentation is at http://www.mapserver.org/documentation.html.

Take special note that you will have to edit SHAPEPATH ,IMAGEPATH , and IMAGEURL in each .MAP file to match your own installation. If your web server is not configured to use PHP/Mapscript for .PHTML files, you'll have to reconfigure your server or rename the recipe files.

You can download all the the PHTML and MAP files at http://www.mobilegeographics.com/mapserver/MSrecipes.tar.gz , and then follow the links to download the data files from USGS. 

  • Hello World . Draws text only, no data file required.
  • USA1, a simple outline map of the US.
  • USA1a. The same outline map as in USA1, but it has some simple modifications applied in the PHP file to create a different look than what was defined in the original USA1.MAP . Both examples use exactly the same .MAP file.
  • USA1b. Like USA1a, this example uses PHP to modify USA1.MAP , this time to demonstrate some different map projections.
  • USA2, a more complicated map with two US layers (states and timezones), a legend, and a scalebar.
  • USA3, a very simple raster file example.

Data layer download

EMACS mapserver mode

A basic .MAP file mode for GNU Emacs is available at http://www.mobilegeographics.com/mapserver/mapserver-mode.el It provides indentation and some keyword highlighting. It has been tested under GNU Emacs but not under Xemacs (although it should work just fine under either editor).