# Seeding

The MapProxy creates all tiles on demand. To improve the performance for commonly requested views it is possible to pre-generate these tiles. The mapproxy-seed script does this task.

The tool can seed one or more polygon or BBOX areas for each cached layer.

MapProxy does not seed the tile pyramid level by level, but traverses the tile pyramid depth-first, from bottom to top. This is optimized to work with the caches of your operating system and geospatial database, and not against.

## mapproxy-seed

The command line script expects a seed configuration that describes which tiles from which layer should be generated. See configuration for the format of the file.

### Examples

Seed with concurrency of 4:

mapproxy-seed -f mapproxy.yaml -c 4 seed.yaml


Print summary of all seed tasks and exit:

mapproxy-seed -f mapproxy.yaml -s seed.yaml --summary --seed ALL


Interactively select which tasks should be seeded:

mapproxy-seed -f mapproxy.yaml -s seed.yaml -i


mapproxy-seed -f mapproxy.yaml -s seed.yaml -c 2 --seed task1,task2 \


## Configuration

Note

The configuration changed with MapProxy 1.0.0, the old format with seeds and views is still supported but will be deprecated in the future. See :ref:below <seed_old_configuration> for information about the old format.

The configuration is a YAML file with three sections:

seeds
cleanups
coverages
Configure coverages for seeding and cleanup tasks.

### Example

seeds:
myseed1:
[...]
myseed2
[...]

cleanups:
mycleanup1:
[...]
mycleanup2:
[...]

coverages:
mycoverage1:
[...]
mycoverage2:
[...]


## seeds

Here you can define multiple seeding tasks. A task defines what should be seeded. Each task is configured as a dictionary with the name of the task as the key. You can use the names to select single tasks on the command line of mapproxy-seed.

mapproxy-seed will always process one tile pyramid after the other. Each tile pyramid is defined by a cache and a corresponding grid. A cache with multiple grids consists of multiple tile pyramids. You can configure which tile pyramid you want to seed with the caches and grids options.

You can further limit the part of the tile pyramid with the levels and coverages options.

Each seed tasks takes the following options:

### caches

A list with the caches that should be seeded for this task. The names should match the cache names in your MapProxy configuration.

### grids

A list with the grid names that should be seeded for the caches. The names should match the grid names in your mapproxy configuration. All caches of this tasks need to support the grids you specify here. By default, the grids that are common to all configured caches will be seeded.

### levels

Either a list of levels that should be seeded, or a dictionary with from and to that define a range of levels. You can omit from to start at level 0, or you can omit to to seed till the last level. By default, all levels will be seeded.

Examples:

# seed multiple levels
levels: [2, 3, 4, 8, 9]

# seed a single level
levels: [3]

# seed from level 0 to 10 (including level 10)
levels:
to: 10

# seed from level 3 to 6 (including level 10)
levels:
from: 3
to: 6


### coverages

A list with coverage names. Limits the seed area to the coverages. By default, the whole coverage of the grids will be seeded.

### refresh_before

Regenerate all tiles that are older than the given date. The date can either be absolute or relative. By default, existing tiles will be refreshed.

Examples:

# absolute as ISO time
refresh_before:
time: 2010-10-21T12:35:00

# relative from the start time of the seed process
refresh_before:
weeks: 1
days: 7
hours: 4
minutes: 15


### Example

seeds:
myseed1:
caches: [osm_cache]
coverages: [germany]
grids: [GLOBAL_MERCATOR]
levels:
to: 10

myseed2
caches: [osm_cache]
coverages: [niedersachsen, bremen, hamburg]
grids: [GLOBAL_MERCATOR]
refresh_before:
weeks: 3
levels:
from: 11
to: 15


## cleanups

Here you can define multiple cleanup tasks. Each task is configured as a dictionary with the name of the task as the key. You can use the names to select single tasks on the command line of mapproxy-seed.

### caches

A list with the caches where you want to cleanup old tiles. The names should match the cache names in your mapproxy configuration.

### grids

A list with the grid names for the caches where you want to cleanup. The names should match the grid names in your mapproxy configuration. All caches of this tasks need to support the grids you specify here. By default, the grids that are common to all configured caches will be used.

### levels

Either a list of levels that should be cleaned up, or a dictionary with from and to that define a range of levels. You can omit from to start at level 0, or you can omit to to cleanup till the last level. By default, all levels will be cleaned up.

Examples:

# cleanup multiple levels
levels: [2, 3, 4, 8, 9]

# cleanup a single level
levels: [3]

# cleanup from level 0 to 10 (including level 10)
levels:
to: 10

# cleanup from level 3 to 6 (including level 10)
levels:
from: 3
to: 6


### coverages

A list with coverage names. Limits the cleanup area to the coverages. By default, the whole coverage of the grids will be cleaned up.

Note

Be careful when cleaning up caches with large coverages and levels with lots of tiles (>14). Without coverages, the seed tool works on the file system level and it only needs to check for existing tiles if they should be removed. With coverages, the seed tool traverses the whole tile pyramid and needs to check every posible tile if it exists and if it should be removed. This is much slower.

### remove_before

Remove all tiles that are older than the given date. The date can either be absolute or relative. remove_before defaults to the start time of the seed process, so that newly created tile will not be removed.

Examples:

# absolute as ISO time
remove_before:
time: 2010-10-21T12:35:00

# relative from the start time of the seed process
remove_before:
weeks: 1
days: 7
hours: 4
minutes: 15


### Example

cleanups:
highres:
caches: [osm_cache]
grids: [GLOBAL_MERCATOR, GLOBAL_SPERICAL]
remove_before:
days: 14
levels:
from: 16
old_project:
caches: [osm_cache]
grids: [GLOBAL_MERCATOR]
coverages: [mypolygon]
levels:
from: 14
to: 18


## coverages

There are three different ways to describe the extent of a seeding or cleanup task.

• a simple rectangular bounding box,
• a text file with one or more polygons in WKT format,
• polygons from any data source readable with OGR (e.g. Shapefile, PostGIS)

Read the :doc:coverage documentation <coverages> for more information.

Note

You will need to install additional dependencies, if you want to use polygons to define your geographical extent of the seeding area, instead of simple bounding boxes. See :doc:coverage documentation <coverages>.

Each coverage has a name that is used in the seed and cleanup task configuration. If you don't specify a coverage for a task, then the BBOX of the grid will be used.

### Example

coverages:
germany:
ogr_datasource: 'shps/world_boundaries_m.shp'
ogr_where: 'CNTRY_NAME = "Germany"'
ogr_srs: 'EPSG:900913'
switzerland:
polygons: 'polygons/SZ.txt'
polygons_srs: EPSG:900913
austria:
bbox: [9.36, 46.33, 17.28, 49.09]
bbox_srs: EPSG:4326


## Old Configuration

Note

The following description is for the old seed configuration.

The configuration contains two keys: views and seeds. views describes the geographical extents that should be seeded. seeds links actual layers with those views.

### Seeds

Contains a dictionary with layer/view mapping.:

seeds:
cache1:
views: ['world', 'germany', 'oldb']
cache2:
views: ['world', 'germany']
remove_before:
time: '2009-04-01T14:45:00'
# or
minutes: 15
hours: 4
days: 9
weeks: 8

remove_before:

If present, recreate tiles if they are older than the date or time delta. At the end of the seeding process all tiles that are older will be removed.

You can either define a fixed time or a time delta. The time is a ISO-like date string (no time-zones, no abbreviations). To define time delta use one or more minutes, hours, days, weeks entries.

### Views

Contains a dictionary with all views. Each view describes a coverage/geographical extent and the levels that should be seeded.

#### Coverages

Note

You will need to install additional dependencies, if you want to use polygons to define your geographical extent of the seeding area, instead of simple bounding boxes. See :doc:coverage documentation <coverages>.

There are three different ways to describe the extent of the seed view.

• a simple rectangular bounding box,
• a text file with one or more polygons in WKT format,
• polygons from any data source readable with OGR (e.g. Shapefile, PostGIS)

Read the :doc:coverage documentation <coverages> for more information.

### Other options

srs:
A list with SRSs. If the layer contains caches for multiple SRS, only the caches that match one of the SRS in this list will be seeded.
res:
Seed until this resolution is cached.

or

level:
A number until which this layer is cached, or a tuple with a range of levels that should be cached.

#### Example configuration

views:
germany:
ogr_datasource: 'shps/world_boundaries_m.shp'
ogr_where: 'CNTRY_NAME = "Germany"'
ogr_srs: 'EPSG:900913'
level: [0, 14]
srs: ['EPSG:900913', 'EPSG:4326']
switzerland:
polygons: 'polygons/SZ.txt'
polygons_srs: EPSG:900913
level: [0, 14]
srs: ['EPSG:900913']
austria:
bbox: [9.36, 46.33, 17.28, 49.09]
bbox_srs: EPSG:4326
level: [0, 14]
srs: ['EPSG:900913']

seeds:
osm:
views: ['germany', 'switzerland', 'austria']
remove_before:
time: '2010-02-20T16:00:00'