I have an issue regarding the styling of labels of WMS layers using QGIS server. I can't seem to get them to display how I want.

What I did:

  • create a QGIS project (2.2 on Mac) with a layer from a database
  • style the layer, including the labels on QGIS desktop
  • save project on the server (Ubuntu) to create the WMS

What I get:

  • my WMS layer, nicely showing up
  • except for the labels that seem to use a default symbolization, whatever the changes I make in the project (understand big black labels)

What I wished:

  • control the size and maybe also the font of the labels.

Is there a nifty parameter that I forgot somewhere or is the labeling engine not working propoperly with WMS? Any hints or similar experiences welcome.

  • Did you resolve? I am facing the similar situation! Apr 2, 2018 at 7:19
  • which version of QGIS are you using? I think this should not be an issue anymore.
    – Djana
    Apr 3, 2018 at 9:06
  • I am using QGIS 2.18 and and then copying my project on the QGIS server directory. Apr 3, 2018 at 9:08
  • I am working on ubuntu 17.10 operating system. Apr 3, 2018 at 9:08

1 Answer 1


Based on the request of @Ahsan Mukhtar, I went to check again my latest project running on QGIS 2.14 (Windows Server):

Controlling the size, color, style and halo of the labels work.

On the previous settings I had (Ubuntun - QGIS 2.2), I cannot tell you anymore what happened.

My advice:

  • check that the fonts you are using are also present on the server installation
  • make sure you are creating your project in the same desktop version of QGIS as the one you are using for the server

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