Installing GeoServer

GeoServer is packaged as a standalone Java web application for use with servlet containers such as Apache Tomcat.


The following instructions are specific for Tomcat may not work with other container applications.

Installation on Tomcat (skip if you installed GeoServer from the zip file)

  1. Navigate to the GeoServer Download page and pick the latest 2.10.x from “Maintenance” to download.

  2. Select Web archive on the download page.

  3. Download and unpack the archive. Copy the file geoserver.war to the directory that contains your container application’s webapps.

  4. Your container application should unpack the web archive and automatically set up and run GeoServer.


    A restart of your container application may be necessary.


Use your container application’s method of starting and stopping webapps to run GeoServer.

  1. Access Tomcat opening a browser and navigate to http://host:{}/geoserver (in brackets the port must be indicated). For example, with Tomcat running locally on port 8083 like in this WorkShop, the URL would be http://localhost:8083/geoserver.


In case you need to remove GeoServer (but don’t do it now) you can use the following steps:

  1. Stop the container application.
  2. Remove the GeoServer webapp from the container application’s webapps directory.