Introduction to GeoServer

GeoServer is an open-source server written in Java that allows users to share, process and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards. GeoServer has evolved to become an easy method of connecting existing information to virtual globes such as Google Earth and NASA World Wind as well as to web-based maps such as OpenLayers, Google Maps and Bing Maps. GeoServer functions as the reference implementation of the Open Geospatial Consortium Web Feature Service standard, and also implements the Web Map Service, Web Coverage Service and Web Processing Service specifications (Source: Wikipedia).

Installation of GeoServer.

1.Visit and choose the stable version of GeoServer for download.


2. Choose the windows installer for installation

  1. The installation process is simple and straightforward. Click next to continue.

  1. Click I Agree to accept the license agreement.

  1. Choose the installation location. The default is desirable.

  1. Leave the default start menu folder and click Next.

  1. The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) will be selected by default, if not select the path. If not installed, follow the link provided to do get it installed. GeoServer and therefore require JRE

  1. Choose the default data directory and click Next.

  1. Choose the appropriate username and password, otherwise accept the defaults.

  1. Set the port that GeoServer will run on, the default is 8080. Ensure that no other program is running on this port.

  1. Choose Install as a service and click Next.

  1. GeoServer is now ready for installation. Click Install.

  1. Complete the installation process by clicking Finish.

  1. GeoServer is now ready for use. To start the service, search for Start GeoServer in the windows explorer and click on it.

  1. In the web browser, enter the local host you provided during the installation. In this manual the default was chosen and therefore GeoServer interface can be accessed by this URL http://localhost:8080/geoserver. Log in with the username and password provided during installation.


16. After logging in, you are ushered into the admin interface from where you can connect to spatial data from databases or files and publish maps.


The next tutorials will dive deeper into the usage of GeoServer, such as creating stores, workspaces, styling and publishing layers.


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