MNK : Mapnik, level 1


The Mapnik library is a map rendering engine, allowing to generate maps as raster, as well as vector tiles.

It is the rendering engine chosen to generate OpenStreetMap maps.


The course will give you the following skills :

  • Know how to generate maps from vector and raster data
  • Know basic options to draw objects on the map
  • Use the API to generate a map
  • Be able to configure a tile server


2 days


Basic GIS knowledge
PostGIS notions
Recommended : Python notions
Unix Shell notions


This program is indicative. It could be adapted to your specific needs.

  • General presentation of the Mapnik project

  • Rendering engine characteristics

  • Mapnik specific concepts for rendering

  • Use cases examples ( OSM, Mappy…)

  • Presentation of various data sources

    • Shapefile
    • Gdal
    • Python
    • PostGIS
    • OSM
  • Installation

  • Python API

  • Stylesheets

    • Various stylesheet formats
    • Writing styles in Python
    • Mapnik XML stylesheets
    • Using Pycnik for easier styling
  • Serving tiles generated with Mapnik

    • With a simple file server
    • TileStache
    • OGCServer
  • Rendering Optimization with Postgis

MNK: Mapnik

Level 1

Contact us for on-site trainings (dates are flexible to your needs).