To install a GeoMapFish application, you need to have the following components installed on your system:

  • Git

  • Docker >= 17.05

  • Python >= 3.5, with pip

  • Apache >= 2.4 (optional, can be used as a front for SSL)

  • PostgreSQL >= 9.1/PostGIS >= 2.1

Required Python packages

  • PyYAML

  • docker-compose

They can be install in your user directory with:

python3 -m pip install --user PyYAML docker-compose

If not yet done, add $HOME/.local/bin to your PATH; add in your ~/.bashrc file:


Required Apache modules

  • mod_proxy

  • mod_proxy_http

Required PostgreSQL extensions

  • postgis

  • hstore

  • pg_trgm (optional)

Additional notes for Windows users


  • Go to

  • In the download section, download the installer corresponding to your system

  • Run the downloaded installer

  • Choose an install folder not containing any space or weird characters (like parentheses)

When installing Cygwin, please make sure to install the following non-default packages:

  • make from the devel folder

  • gettext-devel from the devel folder

  • wget from the web folder

Cygwin should always be run in administrator mode. To configure that:

  • Go to the Windows start menu

  • Right-click the Cygwin Terminal program icon

  • Open its properties

  • Under the Compatibility tab, check the Run this program as an administrator

To avoid file permission problems between Windows and Cygwin, edit Cygwin’s /etc/fstab file to disable ACLs like this:

none /cygdrive cygdrive binary,noacl,posix=0,user 0 0

Configure Git

Cygwin comes with its own git package. Configure Cygwin’s git for Windows as follows:

  • Open a Cygwin bash

  • Run git config core.autocrlf true