Installation on Windows

We show you two different options to install Mapbender on Windows. The first one uses MS4W and the included Mapbender version. The second one presents the manual installation, where you unpack Mapbender and adjust Apache and PHP by yourself.

We don’t offer EXE-installers, yet because it might unpack Mapbender to a specific directory but the adjustments have to be made on PHP and Webserver side (Apache/Nginx).

Notes on the Windows installation

Depending on the PHP-version the PHP variables for the Temp-directory are not set in Windows.

Please check if the two variables

  • sys_temp_dir and
  • upload_tmp_dir are set.

Please set them in the php.ini file. If you use seperate php.ini files for the command client (CLI) and the web, you can change both.

The value for the web can be checked with a phpinfo.php page (remember to set that file not to the public).

Install via MS4W

Mapbender is included as a package of MS4W (MapServer for Windows) which also includes MapServer, Apache, GDAL, PHP, MapCache among others. It’s more or less a release version of Mapbender pre-configured for the MS4W Apache/PHP environment on Windows, that comes ready-to-use in MS4W, and does all the hard work of the manual install & settings of Apache, PHP etc. for you.

If you choose the EXE-Installer, you can select Mapbender from the list of apps:


If you choose the ZIP from MS4W, you have to download and unpack Mapbender by hand from the MS4W download page and unpack it into the MS4W directory.


Please refer to the MS4W homepage for further details.

Manual installation

Please take note of the system requirements where you can also find the Download links to Mapbender. Install the neccessary components:

  • add the path to your PHP-bin directory to the PATH variable
  • activate the PHP extensions in your php.ini configuration file
  • load the Apache module rewrite
# php.ini

For development:

# php.ini

Additional for PHP 7:

# php.ini
# Windows: edit file httpd.conf (remove the comment-sign #) and restart apache
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

Create the Apache alias. In Windows there are several ways. A clear way is to create a file mapbender.conf and to refer to that file in Apaches httpd.conf

  • Create a subfolder “alias” in the directory “<apache>/conf”. Create the mapbender.conf file there. (You can use this directory to place additional Alias definition-files for other sites there.)
  • In the httpd.conf (in directory <apache>/conf/)refer to this file mapbender.conf

In httpd.conf:

# Refer to Mapbender alias
Include "conf/alias/mapbender.conf"

In mapbender.conf:

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

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

We assume in this example, that Mapbender is unzipped directy under C:/ (see the System Requirements and Download chapter for details). You can easily choose a different directory and have to adjust the Apache mapbender.conf file above to the right location.

Restart the Apache webserver.

Optional features

The following steps may lead to a better performance under some Windows installations.

SASS Compiler

The SASS compiler is part of Mapbender since version 3.0.5 and contains und contains a filter since version which makes sure that the generated CSS statements are stored in a temporary file instead of delivering it out in a pipe.


“mod_fcgid” is an Apache handler that is recommended for Windows Installations with Apache, because server requests can be executed parallel. These instructions are an offer for your deployment, although many other varaiants exist, which we cannot cover in this documentation.

The common way to register PHP in Apache is as a module:

# LoadModule php5_module "c:/bin/php/5.6.30/php5apache2_4.dll"
# AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php

# configure the path to php.ini
# PHPIniDir "c:/bin/php/5.6.30"

This way is substituded with the FCGID method. It needs some preparation since them module is not shipped with Apache installations out of the box.

Adjust the httpd.conf:

LoadModule fcgid_module "modules/"
FcgidInitialEnv PHPRC "c:/bin/php/5.6.30"
AddHandler fcgid-script .php
FcgidWrapper "c:/bin/php/5.6.30/php-cgi.exe" .php

In the Mapbender-Apache-Site file (mapbender.conf), add the “ExecCGI” parameter, for example:

<Directory c:/srv/mapbender3-starter->
    # [...]
    Options MultiViews FollowSymLinks ExecCGI
    # [...]

WinCache PHP (optional)

The Windows Cache Extension for PHP is a PHP accelerator that is used to increase the speed of PHP applications running on Windows and Windows Server. The extension included PHP opcode cache, user data cache, session cache, file system cache and relative path cache.

Further information under:

WinCache Installation

To install and enable the extension, use the following steps:
Unpack the package that is appropriate for the PHP version you are using.
Copy the php_wincache.dll file into the PHP extensions folder. Typically this folder is called "ext" and it is located in the same folder with all PHP binary files. For example:
"C:\Program Files\PHP\ext".
Using a text editor, open the php.ini file, which is usually located in the same folder where all PHP binary files are. For example:
"C:\Program Files\PHP\php.ini".
Add the following line at the end of the php.ini file:
extension = php_wincache.dll
Save and close the php.ini file.

set session.handler to WinCache:

To change the location of the session file use session.save_path directive.
sesion.save_handler = wincache
session.save_path = C:\inetpub\tmp\session\

activate wincache.reroute_enabled

The reroutes are not enabled by default. To enable them, set the reroute_enabled directive in either the php.ini or the .user.ini.
wincache.reroute_enabled = 1

OpCache (optional)

OPCache is a PHP-extension which is delievered with PHP since version 5.5.5. but is not activated by default.

More info:

OPCache installation

In php.ini:

; Pfad zur php_opcache.dll

; Determines if Zend OPCache is enabled

; Determines if Zend OPCache is enabled for the CLI version of PHP

; The OPcache shared memory storage size.
; The amount of memory for interned strings in Mbytes.
; The maximum number of keys (scripts) in the OPcache hash table.
; Only numbers between 200 and 100000 are allowed.
; The maximum percentage of "wasted" memory until a restart is scheduled.

Symfony recommends, to increase the opcache.max_accelerated_files value:

The following php website recommends a setting for individual cases:


Check that the Alias is accessible:

Open Symfony´s Welcome Script config.php. This script checks whether all necessary components are installed and configurations are done. If there are still problems, you should fix them.


Adapt the Mapbender configuration file parameters.yml (app/config/parameters.yml) and define the database you want to create. Further information is available in the chapter Configuring the database.

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

Run the app/console commands with php. First you have to open a terminal (cmd).

cd mapbender
php.exe app/console doctrine:database:create
php.exe app/console doctrine:schema:create
php.exe app/console assets:install web
php.exe app/console fom:user:resetroot
php.exe app/console doctrine:fixtures:load --fixtures=./mapbender/src/Mapbender/CoreBundle/DataFixtures/ORM/Epsg/ --append
php.exe app/console doctrine:fixtures:load --fixtures=./mapbender/src/Mapbender/CoreBundle/DataFixtures/ORM/Application/ --append

Installation of Mapbender is done.

Check the config.php again:

You can start using Mapbender now. You can open the developer mode when you run app_dev.php.

Notice: Go to the login link at the right-top and log in with the new user you created.

To learn more about Mapbender have a look at the Mapbender Quickstart.