MapFish is a flexible and complete framework for building rich web-mapping applications. It emphasizes high productivity, and high-quality development.
MapFish is based on the Pylons Python web framework. MapFish extends Pylons with geospatial-specific functionality. For example MapFish provides specific tools for creating web services that allows querying and editing geographic objects.
MapFish is compliant with the Open Geospatial Consortium standards. This is achieved through OpenLayers or GeoExt supporting several OGC norms, like WMS, WFS, WMC, KML, GML etc..
MapFish is open source, and distributed under the BSD license.
The MapFish framework is built around an open HTTP-based protocol, allowing various interoperable implementations. In addition to the reference implementation provided by the Python/Pylons-based framework, two other implementations are currently available:
See the documentation for more information.
The MapFish project hosts MapFish Print, a Java library to print maps. MapFish Print is independent from the MapFish framework, but works well with it.
MapFish Print is released under the GPLv3 license.
See the MapFish Print Documentation for more information.
MapFish is a project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo Foundation). OSGeo‘s mission is to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software.
The MapFish project is governed by a Project Steering Committee, composed of people from various organizations.
More information related to the community and development is available in the Wiki/Trac.