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mapbuilder-lib is a browser based web mapping client for Open GIS Services.

Uses don't need to download software or browser pluggins to use mapbuilder-lib. Once downloaded, user actions are processed quickly - there is no [refresh map] button to rebuild map images on the server.



  • Browser based client.
  • Browsers supported: Internet Explorer 6+, Mozilla 1.3+, Netscape 6+.
  • Fast client side responses.
  • Configurable web sites.
  • Open Source under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Specific clients:

  • WMS Map Viewer.
  • WMS Time Series Map Viewer.
  • Geographic Feature Viewer (using GML and/or WFS technologies)
  • Geographic Feature editor and upload to a web based geographic database (WFS-T).
  • Web Map Context editor (used to build layers in a map)

Available Widgets:

  • Map Pane
  • Legend
  • Layer List (hide/unhide layers)
  • Gazetteer (select locations from a pull down list)

Open GIS Standards supported:

  • Web Map Service (WMS) client
  • Time Series Web Map Service (WMS) client
  • Web Map Context (WMC) client
  • Web Feature Service (WFS) client
  • Transactional Web Feature Service (WFS-T) client
  • Geographic Markup Language rendering

Technical Specs:

  • Modular design means that extra functionality is easily incorporated.
  • The code is written in Object Oriented Javascript and XSL with some servers scripts - you can pick PHP or JSP versions of the scripts.


mapbuilder-lib is open source, released under the GNU General Public License and is owned jointly by the Community Mapbuilder Project Committee (PMC) members.