iipsrv 1.0

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Version 1.0 of iipsrv, the IIPImage server, is now officially released! This is a major new version containing a whole host of new features, major performance enhancements, optimizations, numerous bug-fixes and stability enhancements. Major new features include support for the IIIF protocol, 32 bit floating point data support and several new image processing commands.

New features include:

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IIPImage now an official Fedora Package

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IIPImage is now an official stable Fedora package and is included out of the box with the new release of Fedora 19! The package is based on a recent build of the development version of iipsrv available from the Github repository.

Information on the Fedora packages is available at https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/iipsrv with the package source at http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/iipsrv.git

The packages are also included in Fedora-based enterprise distributions such as CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux via the EPEL repository.

To install, simply use the default yum package manager:

sudo yum install iipsrv

This will install the IIPImage server in /usr/libexec/iipsrv/iipsrv.fcgi


To use with Apache, you will need to also install the Apache configuration files:

sudo yum install iipsrv-httpd-fcgi

which will install the configuration file iipsrv.conf in /etc/httpd/conf.d/. Modify this if necessary. You can find a full list of possible server parameters here. You will then need to start Apache (or restart if it is already running):

sudo service restart httpd

You should now have the IIPImage server running at  http://your.server/iipsrv


There is no Lighttpd package at the moment, but to use iipsrv with lighttpd, first install lighttpd and it’s fcgi module (if not already installed):

sudo yum install lighttpd-fastcgi

Then add the following to the fastcgi configuration file /etc/lighttpd/conf.d/fastcgi.conf:

fastcgi.server = ( "/iipsrv" =>
  (( "socket" => "/tmp/iipsrv-fastcgi.socket",
     "check-local" => "disable",
     "min-procs" => 1,
     "max-procs" => 1,
     "bin-path" => "/usr/libexec/iipsrv/iipsrv.fcgi",
     "bin-environment" => (
        "LOGFILE" => "/tmp/iipsrv.log",
        "VERBOSITY" => "2",

and activate fastcgi by uncommenting the following line from /etc/lighttpd/modules.conf:

Include "conf.d/fastcgi.conf"

Then start / restart lighttpd:

sudo service restart lighttpd

This will start the IIPImage server at http://your.server/iipsrv

Running as a Service

It is also possible to start the IIPImage server as an independent service without Apache or Lighttpd:

sudo service start iipsrv

which will start the server listening by default on on port 9002. For the systemd-based Fedora, this is configurable by following the instructions in /lib/systemd/system/iipsrv.service. For sysv-based RHEL distributions, this is configurable in /etc/iipsrv/iipsrv.conf. Starting iipsrv this way allows you to use it with Nginx, Tomcat or if you are hosting your web server on a different machine and wish to proxy requests to iipsrv.

Note that if you are using SELinux, connections from Apache to unknown ports are not allowed by default. To fix this, use semanage, the SELinux policy management tool to add it:

sudo semanage port -a -t http_port_t -p tcp 9002


Only the server is included in this package, so you will need to install a client, such as IIPMooViewer or IIPZoom yourself. Note that the default server URL is /iipsrv and not the usual /fcgi-bin/iipsrv.fcgi, so don’t forget to set this correctly in the viewer configuration of IIPMooViewer, IIPZoom or whichever viewer you choose to use.

Many thanks to Johan Cwiklinkski for creating the package. You can find more details on his blog and on the Redhat bugzilla review.

IIPImage now an Official Ubuntu Package

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IIPImage is now an official Ubuntu and Debian package! Version 0.9.9 of the IIPImage server is now distributed as part of the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal release.  It is also included in Debian’s Sid unstable branch, and testing branch from where it should migrate to become part of the forth-coming Debian 7 Wheezy release.

The Debian source package is available here: http://packages.debian.org/source/sid/iipimage and the Ubuntu lauchpad package here: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/iipimage

The package is split into two with a main server package: iipimage-server and a separate IIPImage documentation package: iipimage-doc

So, installing IIPImage is now extremely easy. To do so on Ubuntu 12.10, simply install iipimage-server via the graphical package manager or via the command line:

apt-get install iipimage-server

and optionally for the documentation:

apt-get install iipimage-doc

Now restart Apache and you should have the IIPImage server running on http://your.server/iipsrv/iipsrv.fcgi

Only the server is included in this package, so you will need to install a client, such as IIPMooViewer or IIPZoom yourself. Note that the server URL is /iipsrv/iipsrv.fcgi and not the usual /fcgi-bin/iipsrv.fcgi, so don’t forget to set this correctly in the viewer configuration of IIPMooViewer, IIPZoom or whichever viewer you choose to use.

The package is configured to work with both Apache and Lighttpd. If you are using Apache, the configuration file is at /etc/apache2/mods-available/iipsrv.conf. For Lighttpd, /etc/lighttpd/conf-available/20-iipsrv.conf. See the server documentation page for details of the available parameters. The log file is at /var/log/iipsrv.log.

The package has Memcached support built in and will automatically use Memcached for caching if this is running on the host machine. If not, simply start it to allow IIPImage to use it.

To install on the current Debian, you will need to be on the testing (or unstable branch). If you are on testing, add an additional unstable source to /etc/apt/sources.list. See the testing documentation for further details. Make sure you first update your package index, then simply install as above.

If you want JPEG2000 support or don’t want to use the Debian testing or unstable branch, continue to use our stable but “unofficial” 0.9.9 Ubuntu packages that are compatible with Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04.

Special thanks to Mathieu Malaterre for building and maintaining the official Debian package!

iipsrv now on Github

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The latest development code for iipsrv, the IIPImage server is now hosted on Github. This should make things far easier for developers to share code and to submit patches. You can check out the repository here https://github.com/ruven/iipsrv

The latest code has a host of new features including:

  • Exact export resizing for both TIFF and JPEG2000
  • Improved interpolation algorithms for CVT export
  • Extended support for 1, 8, 16 and 32 bit images
  • Gamma support
  • Improved metadata handling
  • Performance improvements
  • Improved Windows compatibility
  • Bug fixes!

So, check it out and get forking!

IIPImage Analytics: IIPAnalyze 0.2 Released

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Version 0.2 of our analytics tool, IIPAnalyze is now available! This version adds user agent filtering as well as histograms showing user activity over time. The following histograms, for example, show how the frequency of tile requests made (by all users and only Firefox users) varies with time after the users first load the IIPImage viewer for our Marble Earth demo.

Frequency of Tile Requests over Time for Marble Earth by Firefox Users

Tile Request Frequency for Marble Earth by all Users over First 2 Minutes

It is also possible to just look at just one particular user and how their tile requests vary with time. This is the request pattern of a random IP address viewing the Marble Earth IIPImage demo showing the first minute or so of activity.

Tile Request Frequency for a Random IP address

See the analytics documentation page for more information and the list of options. You can download the latest stable release of IIPAnalyze from our download page or fork the latest development code from the iipanalyze github repository.

Thanks once again to Laurent Le Guen for the updated script.

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