Structure of the GeoServer Data DirectoryΒΆ

The following is the GEOSERVER_DATA structure:

data_directory/
        app-schema-cache/
        cluster/
        coverages/
        data/
        demo/
        gwc/
        gwc-layers/
        layergroups/
        layouts/
        legendsamples/
        logs/
        monitoring/
        palettes/
        plugIns/
        security/
        styles/
        temp/
        tmp/
        user_projections/
        validation/
        workspaces/
        www/
        global.xml
        gwc-gs.xml
        logging.xml
        wcs.xml
        wfs.xml
        wms.xml
        wmts.xml
        wps.xml
File Description
app-schema-cache This is the application schema files cache for the App Schema extension.
cluster Contains configuration files for the geoserver-jms-cluster community module.
coverages Contains some demo raster layers for this training.
data Not to be confused with the GeoServer data directory itself. The data directory is a location where data can be stored. This directory is commonly used to store shapefiles and raster files but it can be used for any file based data. The main benefit of storing data files inside of the data directory is the portability.
demo The demo directory contains files which define the sample requests available in the Sample Request Tool.
gwc This directory holds the cache created by the embedded GeoWebCache service.
gwc-layers This directory holds the configuration files created by the embedded GeoWebCache service for each layer.
layergroups Contains information on the layer groups configurations.
layouts Contains configuration files for WMS decorations.
legendsamples Contains the cached versions of WMS legends.
logs This directory contains the GeoServer logging files (log file and logging properties files).
monitoring Contains configuration files for the Monitor extension.
palettes The palettes directory is used to store pre-computed Image Palettes. Image palettes are used by the GeoServer WMS as way to reduce the size of produced images while maintaining image quality.
plugins This directory contains the main plugins used in this training (to be unzipped in %Trainig_Root%tomcat-7.0.72instancesinstance1webappsgeoserverWEB-INFlib when needed). Further plugins can be downloaded from here.
security The security directory contains all the files used to configure the GeoServer security subsystem. This includes a set of property files which define access roles, along with the services and data each role is authorized to access.
styles The styles directory contains a number of Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD), files that contain styling information used by the GeoServer WMS.
temp and tmp Temporary directories, used by the WPS service and other modules.
user_projections The user_projections directory contains extra spatial reference system definitions. The epsg.properties can be used to add new spatial reference systems, whilst the epsg_override.properties file can be used to override (overwrite) an official definition with a custom one.
validation This directory contains the validation rules.
workspaces The various workspaces directories contain metadata about stores and layers which are published by GeoServer. Each layer will have a layer.xml file associated with it, as well as either a coverage.xml or a featuretype.xml file depending on whether it’s a raster or vector.
www The www directory is used to allow GeoServer to act like a regular web server and serve regular files. Although it is not a substitute for a full-blown web server, the www directory can be useful to easily serve OpenLayers map applications (this avoids the need to setup a proxy in order to respect the same origin policy).
global.xml Contains settings that go across services, including contact information, JAI settings, character sets and verbosity.
gwc-gs.xml Contains various settings for the GeoWebCache service.
logging.xml Specifies the logging level, location, and whether it should log to std out.
wcs.xml Contains the service metadata and various settings for the WCS service.
wfs.xml Contains the service metadata and various settings for the WFS service.
wms.xml Contains the service metadata and various settings for the WMS service.
wmts.xml Contains the service metadata and various settings for the WMTS service.
wps.xml Contains the service metadata and various settings for the WPS service.