Version 8.0.0 Announcement


Project Steering Committee



The MapServer Team is pleased to announce the major release of MapServer 8.0.0

This 8.0 release brings a number of major new features that are briefly summarized in this document. The full list of changes can be found in MapServer 8.0 Changelog. The Migration Guide also contains more detailed examples of the major changes.

Major New Features in MapServer 8.0

  • the shp2img utility has been renamed to map2img (RFC 136)

  • FlatGeobuf is now supported natively (RFC 137)

  • initial OGC API support (RFC 134)

  • new config file for MapServer (RFC 135)

  • PHP native MapScript has been removed, in place of PHPNG (SWIG) MapScript, and PHP unit tests have been re-enabled (#6430)

  • new labeling centerline GEOMTRANSFORM method for polygons (#6417)

  • numerical validation of mapfile entries (#6458)

  • removed various deprecated mapfile parameters (RFC 133)

  • new coshp utility to sort shapefile contents as well as sort the associated qix spatial index, useful for “Cloud Optimized Shapefiles” (#6518)


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Migration Guide

Head to the Migration Guide for mapfile examples of the major 8.0.0 changes.

Source Code Download

The source for this release can be downloaded at:

Binary Distributions

Binary distributions will be available in the coming days:

  • Debian binaries of 8.0.0 are already available:

  • OSGeoLive 15.0 release process is happening now, but it will soon include MapServer 8.0.0

  • UbuntuGIS will follow the OSGeoLive release and will then include MapServer 8.0.0

  • MS4W users have already been using branch-8-0 code, but watch for a new release shortly containing the 8.0.0 changes at:

Other binary distributions listed on the download page should also be updated with binaries for the new release shortly.


The entire 8.0.0 documentation is also available as a PDF document PDF icon (1143 pages, with clickable table of contents as well).


Thank you to all of the users, developers, and supporters of MapServer. Enjoy!

The MapServer Team