Installation on Windows

At frist you need a working Python installation. You can download Python from: MapProxy requires Python 2.5, 2.6 or 2.7, it is not compatible with Python 3.

We advise you to install MapProxy into a virtual Python environment. Read about virtualenv if you want to now more about the benefits.

A self-contained version of virtualenv is available at:

To create a new virtual environment for our proxy installation and to activate it go to the command line and call:

C:\Python27\python path\to\ c:\mapproxy_venv


The last step is required every time you start working with your MapProxy installation. Alternatively you can always explicitly call \mapproxy_venv\Scripts\<command>.


Apache mod_wsgi does not work well with virtualenv on Windows. If you want to use mod_wsgi for deployment, then you should skip the creation the virtualenv. You need to install the distribute package to get the easy_install command.

After you activated the new environment, you have access to python and easy_install. To install MapProxy with most dependencies call:

easy_install MapProxy

This might take a minute.


Read Dependency details for more information about all dependencies.


PIL and PyYAML are installed automatically by easy_install.


Since libproj4 is generally not available on a Windows system, you will also need to install the Python package pyproj.

easy_install pyproj

Shapely and GEOS (optional)

Shapely can be installed with easy_install Shapely. This will already include the required geos.dll.

GDAL (optional)

MapProxy requires GDAL/OGR for coverage support. MapProxy can either load the gdal.dll directly or use the osgeo.ogr Python package. You can download and install inofficial Windows binaries of GDAL and the Python package (e.g. gdal-19-xxxx-code.msi).

You need to add the installation path to the Windows PATH environment variable in both cases. You can set the variable temporary on the command line (spaces in the filename need no quotes or escaping):

set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program Files (x86)\GDAL

Or you can add it to your systems environment variables.

You also need to set GDAL_DRIVER_PATH or OGR_DRIVER_PATH to the gdalplugins directory when you want to use the Oracle plugin (extra download from URL above):

set GDAL_DRIVER_PATH=C:\Program Files (x86)\GDAL\gdalplugins

Platform dependent packages

All Python packages are downloaded from, but not all platform combinations might be available as a binary package, especially if you run a 64bit version of Windows.

If you run into troubles during installation, because it is trying to compile something (e.g. complaining about vcvarsall.bat), you should look at Christoph Gohlke’s Unofficial Windows Binaries for Python Extension Packages.

You can install the .exe packages with easy_install:

easy_install path\to\package-xxx.exe

Check installation

To check if the MapProxy was successfully installed you can call mapproxy-util. You should see the installed version number.

mapproxy-util --version

Now continue with Create a configuration from the installation documentation.