I am trying to set up a WMS server using MapServer. As per the documentation http://mapserver.org/ogc/wms_server.html, I have added the metadata required for WMS and trying to hit the following URL:


But eventually what I get is just the mapserv.exe which gets downloaded every time. Could someone tell me where I could be wrong.

Below is the metadata for WMS:

"wms_title" "WMS Demo Server"
"wms_onlineresource" "http://localhost:8080/cgi-bin/mapserv.exe?MAP=C:/ms4w/Apache/htdocs/.../.../xyz.map"
"wms_srs" "EPSG:4269 EPSG:4326"
"wms_feature_info_mime_type" "text/html"
"wms_enable_request" "*"

And below is the request:


  • Try a WMS 1.3.0 request, it has a different mime type and it will show in your browser. For a default configuration you can't change the format of the GetCapabilities response. The parameter you have set is for the response of a GetFeatureInfo request
    – nmtoken
    Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 9:59

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See the MapServer FAQ but this isn't actually the executable but the capabilities document and your browser doesn't recognize the mime type of application/vnd.ogc.xml

  • I have defined the mime type under the metadata as following : "wms_feature_info_mime_type" "text/html"
    – SNT
    Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 10:35
  • but capabilities documents have a mime type of application/vnd.ogc.xml
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 10:36
  • please have a look at the question where I have pasted the metadata and the request URL.
    – SNT
    Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48
  • please read the FAQ I linked to which answers this question. If you open up the file returned it is in fact xml inside.
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 10:54

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