[postgis-users] Postgres as cache and renderer for vector tile server

Brian Panulla bpanulla at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 17:08:38 PDT 2016

I use TileStache for my tile layers (http://tilestache.org/doc/), all data
stored in PostGIS. While my tiles are raster images rendered with Mapnik,
TileStache also now has Vector support, which might meet your needs: (

TileStache is very simple and lightweight and needs very little in the way
of infrastructure outside of Python, a few package requirements, and a
WSGI-compatible Web server.


On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 8:59 AM, Peter Devoy <peter at 3xe.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Has anyone here tried using Postgres as the caching layer in a vector tile
> server?
> I need to set up a tile server and what I am thinking is have PostGIS cut
> up
> geometries into GeoJSON vector tiles as requests come in and cache the
> JSON for
> said requests in some other Postgres table(s) using a JSON/JSONB column.
> Then
> just have a cron job or something set up to prune the cache table so that
> the
> least frequently accessed tiles get removed.
> I know there are existing vector tile server solutions but I would like to
> be
> serving tiles in British National Grid rather than web mercator so they
> would
> all need some hacking.  I also have reservations about their architecture
> --
> I would rather not complicate my stack if Postgres can handle it.
> Is it a dumb endeavour?
> Kind regards
> Peter
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