Taking a tour of pygeoapi

At this point, you’ve installed pygeoapi, set configurations and started the server.

pygeoapi’s default configuration comes setup with two simple vector datasets, a STAC collection and a sample process. Note that these resources are straightforward examples of pygeoapi’s baseline functionality, designed to get the user up and running with as little barriers as possible.

Let’s check things out. In your web browser, go to http://localhost:5000


All pygeoapi URLs have HTML and JSON representations. If you are working through a web browser, HTML is always returned as the default, whereas if you are working programmatically, JSON is always returned.

To explicitly ask for HTML or JSON, simply add f=html or f=json to any URL accordingly.

Each web page provides breadcrumbs for navigating up/down the server’s data. In addition, the upper right of the UI always has JSON and JSON-LD links to provide you with the current page in JSON if desired.

Landing page


The landing page provides a high level overview of the pygeoapi server (contact information, licensing), as well as specific sections to browse data, processes and geospatial files.



The collections page displays all the datasets available on the pygeoapi server with their title and abstract. Let’s drill deeper into a given dataset.

Collection information


Let’s drill deeper into a given dataset. Here we can see the obs dataset is described along with related links (other related HTML pages, dataset download, etc.).

The ‘View’ section provides the default to start browsing the data.

The ‘Queryables’ section provides a link to the dataset’s properties.

Collection queryables


The queryables endpoint provides a list of queryable properties and their associated datatypes.

Collection items


This page displays a map and tabular view of the data. Features are clickable on the interactive map, allowing the user to drill into more information about the feature. The table also allows for drilling into a feature by clicking the link in a given table row.

Let’s inspect the feature close to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Collection item


This page provides an overview of the feature and its full set of properties, along with an interactive map.

SpatioTemporal Assets


This page provides a Web Accessible Folder view of raw geospatial data files. Users can navigate and click to browse directory contentsor inspect files. Clicking on a file will attempt to display the file’s properties/metadata, as well as an interactive map with a footprint of the spatial extent of the file.


The processes page provides a list of process integrated onto the server, along with a name and description.


Expand with more info once OAProc HTML is better flushed out.

API Documentation



The API documentation links provide a Swagger page of the API as a tool for developers to provide example request/response/query capabilities. A JSON representation is also provided.

See also




The conformance page provides a list of URLs corresponding to the OGC API conformance classes supported by the pygeoapi server. This information is typically useful for developers and client applications to discover what is supported by the server.