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7. Development Server

A production installation and deployment of QGIS Server usually involves setting up a web server component (e.g. Apache or Nginx) that can forward the HTTP requests coming from the clients to the QGIS Server FastCGI binary application.

If you want to quickly test QGIS Server on your local machine without configuring and installing a full web server stack you can use the QGIS Development Standalone server.

This is an independent application that provides a very simple web server ready to serve your project files.


The Standalone Development Server has not been developed with the purpose of being used in production, it was not checked for security vulnerabilities or for other stress conditions that normally will occur on a publicly exposed server.

To launch the server:

$ qgis_mapserver

The default port the Development Server listens to is 8000. Example output:

QGIS Development Server listening on http://localhost:8000
CTRL+C to exit [lun gen 20 15:16:41 2020] 5140 103ms "GET /wfs3/?MAP=/tests/testdata/qgis_server/test_project.qgs HTTP/1.1" 200 [lun gen 20 15:16:41 2020] 3298 2ms "GET /wfs3/static/jsonFormatter.min.js HTTP/1.1" 200 [lun gen 20 15:16:41 2020] 1678 3ms "GET /wfs3/static/jsonFormatter.min.css HTTP/1.1" 200 [lun gen 20 15:16:41 2020] 1310 5ms "GET /wfs3/static/style.css HTTP/1.1" 200 [lun gen 20 15:16:43 2020] 4285 13ms "GET /wfs3/collections?MAP=/tests/testdata/qgis_server/test_project.qgs HTTP/1.1" 200

The server has a few options that can be passed as command line arguments. You can see them all by invoking the server with -h.

Usage: qgis_mapserver [options] [address:port]
QGIS Development Server

-h, --help        Displays this help.
-v, --version     Displays version information.
-l <logLevel>     Sets log level (default: 0)
                    0: INFO
                    1: WARNING
                    2: CRITICAL
-p <projectPath>  Path to a QGIS project file (*.qgs or *.qgz),
                    if specified it will override the query string MAP argument
                    and the QGIS_PROJECT_FILE environment variable

addressAndPort    Listen to address and port (default: "localhost:8000")
                    address and port can also be specified with the environment
                    variables QGIS_SERVER_ADDRESS and QGIS_SERVER_PORT