Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks from the developers and user community on how to tweak GeoServer.

Dynamic Symbolizers (Part 2)

In our previous post on dynamic symbolizers, we saw how we can generate dynamic external symbolizers based on feature attributes using only a simple style (SLD). Today we’ll see two other features of dynamic symbolizers, namely: using decorative TrueType fonts as markers in your map Programing your own dynamic symbolizer to extend existing ones, with […]

GeoServer 1.7.1 Released

The GeoServer team is happy to announce the release of GeoServer 1.7.1! The biggest improvement in this release is better Google Earth support.   Using revamped KML output (known as the KML “reflector”) GeoServer can now output vector super-overlays.  Prior to this version, data served by GeoServer when viewed in Google Earth would only update […]

Dynamic Symbolizers (Part 1)

When GeoServer 1.7.0 was released in October of 2008, it included some new features that many people might find useful.  One of those new features is support for dynamic symbolizers. Dynamic symbolizers, which originated from a GeoTools styling subsystem improvement from this past summer, allows you to do three things: Create external references that contain […]

Raster Symbolizer tricks – part 1

I am going to bother for a few mins in order to show a few things about the raster symbolizer implementation that has landed on 1.7. Ideally this should the first of a series of more posts, but I can’t guarantee on that :-). Anyway, today I have been playing with some bathymetry data for […]

Beware of Raster styling changes with 1.7 series

Starting with the 1.7.0 release GeoServer comes with a pretty decent (well, at least IMHO 🙂 ) implementation of the SLD 1.0 RasterSymbolizer element (check here for a technical discussion on the implementation). On a side this means that we can try to style raster data as well as verctor data. On the other side, […]

Batch Importing Shapefiles (The Adventure)

If you’ve ever needed to import multiple shapefiles into GeoServer, you know that currently there aren’t any built-in tools to let you to do this.  I had to import about a hundred of them for some work I was doing, and it simply wasn’t feasible to do them one at a time.  (Recall that shapefiles […]

Nightly GeoServer Builds

Another hint for those wanting the latest and greatest versions of GeoServer.  We’ve now got a nightly build server going, making snapshots of the latest code for the 1.5.x branch and trunk, at  We do our best to fix a raft of bugs for each new release, and downloading a nightly build will get […]

Join us on IRC

Just a quick note, which I’m putting in the ‘Tips and Tricks’ category, since it’s a trick to get quick feedback from the GeoServer community.  For many years the core GeoServer developers were not good at maintaining a consistent presence on IRC, which is used heavily in many open source projects.  We’d run meetings there, […]

Hello GeoServer World

Hello GeoServer fans and developers, this is our first of many GeoServer blog posts. Here we will tell you about the latest news and updates, along with open discussions on where GeoServer is headed. You will also find posts about the latest tutorials and documentation, as well as our new screencasts. For the technically savvy […]

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