Mapserver – Labeling and Circles – my best tips and tricks
2021-10-01, 14:00–14:30, Ushuaia

In a nice and pleasant map, it is important that the labeling is carried out with great care. This talk will be about how to achieve high quality labeling with Mapserver. The tricks also involve understanding how to use the GDAL/OGR that is part of the backend to Mapserver. I will also share insights on how to create and use circle elements with geographic extent. Some of the methods contain novel ideas that I have come up with during last year. Finally, I will introduce a few concepts that are more difficult to grasp but are of great use when creating WMS-services. One example is Named styles. The presenter is a frequent Mapserver user.

The talk is based on practical experiments and real problems that the author has experienced. Some of the solutions are also based on ideas from mapserver-users list, mapserver-dev list and gdal-dev list. The talk will contain example code that will be uploaded on GITHUB prior to the conference.

Authors and Affiliations

Schylberg, Lars (1)
(1) Saab AB, Sweden




Software/Project development


3 - Medium. Advanced knowledge is recommended.

Language of the Presentation


Lars Schylberg is a senior technical fellow at Saab corporation. He has a MSc in Land Surveying and a PhD in digital cartography from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. Throughout his carrier he has been involved with software development and international standardization.