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A Buildout recipe to install and configure ncWMS2 server with Anaconda.

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birdhousebuilder.recipe.ncwms is a Buildout recipe to install and configure ncWMS server with Anaconda. This recipe is used by the Birdhouse project.


The recipe requires that Anaconda is already installed. You can use the buildout option anaconda-home to set the prefix for the anaconda installation. Otherwise the environment variable CONDA_PREFIX (variable is set when activating a conda environment) is used as conda prefix.

The recipe will install the ncWMS2 and apache-tomcat package from a conda channel in a conda enviroment defined by CONDA_PREFIX. The intallation folder is given by the prefix buildout option. It deploys a Supervisor configuration for Tomcat in ${prefix}/etc/supervisor/conf.d/tomcat.conf. Supervisor can be started with ${prefix}/etc/init.d/supervisord start.

By default ncWMS2 will be available on http://localhost:8080/ncWMS2.

The configuration files of ncWMS2 are in ${prefix}/var/lib/tomcat/conf/ncWMS2.

The recipe depends on birdhousebuilder.recipe.conda, birdhousebuilder.recipe.supervisor and birdhousebuilder.recipe.tomcat.

Supported options

This recipe supports the following options:


Buildout option pointing to the root folder of the Anaconda installation. Default: $HOME/anaconda.


List of dynamic service configurations with name and root path to data files. Dynamic service configurations are seperated by space or newlines. Service name and path is seperated by =. Default: outputs=${prefix}/var/lib/pywps/outputs


Title for this Web Map Service. Default: Birdhouse ncWMS2 Server


More details about this Web Map Service. Default: ncWMS2 Web Map Service used in Birdhouse


Name of server administrator. Default: Birdhouse Admin


Organization of server administrator. Default: Birdhouse


Web site of the service provider. Default:

Cache options:


Enable WMS caching: Default: true


Size in MB of in-memory cache. Default: 256


Life-time of cache elements. Default: 0.0 (unlimited)

To configure tomcat see the options in the tomcat recipe. For example:


HTTP Port for Tomcat service. Default: 8080


Enable ncWMS2 admin web interface by setting a password: Default: disabled

Example usage

The following example buildout.cfg installs ncWMS2 with Anaconda and default options:

parts = ncwms

recipe = birdhousebuilder.recipe.ncwms
organization = Birdhouse
http_port = 8080

An example GetCapabilities URL to access a NetCDF file in outputs (using DATASET param):



Carsten Ehbrecht ehbrecht at


0.4.0 (2016-08-15)

  • disable support for ncWMS <2.2.x.

  • replaced data_dir options by dynamic_services option.

  • added inMemorySizeMB and elementLifetimeMinutes.

0.3.2 (2016-07-27)

  • added data2 dynamic service.

0.3.1 (2016-07-26)

  • prepared for ncWMS 2.2.x.

  • config files are now in var/lib/tomcat/conf/ncWMS2.

0.3.0 (2016-07-25)

  • using zc.recipe.deployment.

  • updated doctests.

  • updated travis.

0.2.0 (2015-12-17)

  • added tomcat installation.

  • using ncWMS2 2.0.4

  • added empty datasets tag in config.xml template.

0.1.2 (2015-10-22)

  • added more options: title, abstract, …

  • renamed option data_root to data_dir

  • updated to ncWMS2 2.0.3

0.1.1 (2015-10-20)

  • added Dataset config for PyWPS outputs.

0.1.0 (2015-10-19)

  • Initial Release.

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