Installation on Ubuntu/Debian

Mapbender is shipped with a preconfigured SQLite database which includes preconfigured applications (the database is located under <mapbender>/app/db/demo.sqlite).


For productive use PostgreSQL is recommended. You can find the neccessary configuration steps in chapter Optional > Mapbender Deployment on PostgreSQL.


  • PHP >= 7.4

  • Apache installation with the following modules activated:
    • mod_rewrite

    • libapache2-mod-php

  • PostgreSQL Installation
    • It is recommended to use a PostgreSQL database for Mapbender.

    • It is recommended to create a database user to access the Mapbender database.

Nginx can also be used as web server (this will not be discussed in detail here).


Installation of mandatory PHP extensions:

sudo apt install php-gd php-curl php-cli php-xml php-sqlite3 sqlite3 php-apcu php-intl openssl php-zip php-mbstring php-bz2

Unpack and register to web server

Download the current Mapbender version and unzip it into /var/www/mapbender or a different location:

wget -O /var/www/mapbender-starter-current.tar.gz
tar -zxf /var/www/mapbender-starter-current.tar.gz -C /var/www
mv $(ls -d /var/www/*/ | grep mapbender) /var/www/mapbender/

Configuration Apache 2.4

Create the file /etc/apache2/sites-available/mapbender.conf with the following content:

Alias /mapbender /var/www/mapbender/web/
<Directory /var/www/mapbender/web/>
 Options MultiViews FollowSymLinks
 DirectoryIndex app.php
 Require all granted

 RewriteEngine On
 RewriteBase /mapbender/
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ app.php [QSA,L]

Activate the site and reload Apache:

a2ensite mapbender.conf
service apache2 reload

Directory rights

sudo chown -R :www-data /var/www/mapbender

sudo chmod -R ug+w /var/www/mapbender/app/logs
sudo chmod -R ug+w /var/www/mapbender/app/cache
sudo chmod -R ug+w /var/www/mapbender/web/uploads

sudo chmod -R ug+w /var/www/mapbender/app/db/demo.sqlite

First steps

The Mapbender installation can now be accessed under http://[hostname]/mapbender/. User data by default:

username: “root”, password: “root”

Troubleshooting is available via the following command (must be executed in the application directory):

app/console mapbender:config:check


Please note that config:check will use the php-cli version. The settings may be different from your webserver PHP settings. Please use php -r ‘phpinfo();’ to show your PHP webserver settings.

Congratulations! Mapbender is now set up correctly and ready for further configuration. Find Information about the first steps with Mapbender in the Mapbender Quickstart.



To use the optional LDAP-connection, following PHP-LDAP-extension is required:

sudo apt install php-ldap

Mapbender installation with PostgreSQL

Configuration of PostgreSQL database for productive use:


  • configured PostgreSQL database

  • database for Mapbender configuration

  • PostgreSQl database user to access the database with create database right

Installation PHP-PostgreSQL driver

sudo apt install php-pgsql

Configuration of database connection (app/config/parameters.yml):

database_driver:   pdo_pgsql
database_host:     localhost
database_port:     5432
database_name:     mapbender
database_path:     ~
database_user:     postgres
database_password: secret

For further information: YAML Configuration (Configuration and Application files).

Initialisation of the database connection:

cd /var/www/mapbender
app/console doctrine:database:create
app/console doctrine:schema:create
app/console mapbender:database:init -v
bin/composer run reimport-example-apps

Create root user for access:

app/console fom:user:resetroot

Find further information in Details of the configuration of Mapbender

Mapbender installation with MySQL:

Similar to configuration with PostgreSQL.

Installation MySQL driver:

apt install php-mysql

Following parameters (parameters.yml) need to be adapted:

database_driver:   pdo_mysql
database_port:     3306

To initialize your database connection, see PostgreSQL.