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Welcome to Mapbuilder, a modern standards-based web mapping client . Supporting the Open Geospatial consortium (OGC) standards, it will allow you to display interactive maps from many sources on your web pages from service that impliments the OGC Web Map Service (WMS) standard or the OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) standard. WMS allows you to request maps as rendered images (normally using JPEG,PNG or GIF) from any suitable map server and WFS allows you to request geographic elements as XML which will then be rendered and manipulated using mapBuilder. In addition to displaying maps, you can use mapBuilder to allow you users to add and manipulate geographic features using their web browser and write these modified features back to a suitable map server.

As well as allowing you to access mapping from 3rd parties, mapBuilder can be configured to request maps from your own mapping server. A number of excellent open source mapping servers are available, including GeoServer and MapServer. Both of these products, working with geospatially aware databases such as PostGIS can present maps and geographic data on the web using either WMS and WFS. Using a mapping server in addition to mapBuilder you will be able to both render and present your own maps on the web, but also, in conjunction with mapBuilder, allow your users to update, add and delete geographic features from the mapping database on the server from their web browser.

MapBuilder uses AJAX technology and will work most modern browsers (Firefox 1.0+, Internet Explorer 6.0+, Mozilla 1.3+, Navigator 6+) using simple Javascript calls. Your users will appreciate the speed and interactivity that AJAX provides, and if you wish to extend the capabilities of mapBuilder itself you will find that the modular design makes this particularly easy.

Screenshot of Mapbuilder

Version 1.0RC1


Mapbuilder 1.0 RC 1 is out now.

Free download

Our mission is


To empower communities to collaboratively build and share geographic data using standards- based, open source tools.

We develop mapbuilder- lib, an open source library of browser based mapping widgets.

Key Features

  • OGC standard compliant including WFS-T
  • quick to deploy
  • fast and interactive
  • customisable and easy to extend
  • no plugins required
  • active development
  • open source and free license
  • access to huge amounts of free mapping
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