GeoServer 1.5.0-RC1 released

We have just released our first release candidate for the 1.5 series of GeoServer that you can download here. The main feature of 1.5 is support for ‘raster’ formats, like geotiff, arcgrid, gtopo30, and more. These are accessible not just through the WMS, but there also through the new Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface.  In line with GeoServer’s mission of making geospatial data more accessible, this allows access to the raw information of rasters, just as WFS does for vector formats. The WCS is passing all OGC compliance tests, and we plan on getting it certified when we go to 1.5.0. This release brings many fixes and improvements and it is also now backwards compatible to 1.3 and 1.4 data directories, so you do not have to port your data over to the new structure. Along with speed improvements, it also had a little reorganization of the user interface and has a couple tutorials to go along with it:

Since this is a release candidate, we would appreciate it if you could all download it and give it a quick try. Mostly for testing the backwards compatibility to old data directories, and for deployment in your existing systems to make sure there is no loss in functionality.

Along with this release are some coverage data assistance tools from Geo-Solutions. They will make your life of processing coverage data easier. It is in an early release stage so please report any bugs or problems back to us. We will be adding more documentation to it in the mean time.


  1. Posted February 12, 2007 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    This is great. I will give it a shot. Can you tell me which version of the EPSG database is included? Are there any instructions on how to point to a different source for the EPSG data (like a postgreSQL DB with a more recent version)?

    Thanks to the team for the hard work in getting coverage support into the main release!

  2. Posted February 13, 2007 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Sounds great.
    Going to test it the next week, mostly the raster part and a bit of vector but without database…
    Has anything changed dramatically in the way the raster part is handled?

    Yeah, thanks…

  3. Posted March 12, 2007 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Amos- GeoServer is using the HSQL database of EPSG numbers, but off by hand I’m not sure what version number or if there is one. Maybe fire off the email to the list. For adding custom projections however, check out this page:,+directly

    patzi- Sorry for the late response. There are no huge changes to how the rasters are handled, just some more bug fixes and speed improvements.

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