Transactions on Features

Currently GeoServer provides no implementation for OGCAPI - Features Transactions specification. However, it might be of interest to have a notion about the direction which the standard is taking.

Two classes of transactions are being specified:

  • Create, Replace, Update and Delete: this operations allows to perform changes on individual items in a collection.
  • Atomic and Batch Transactions: complex transactions with atomic or batch semantics operating on, potentially, multiple resources across multiple collections.

Create, Replace, Update and Delete

Endpoint HTTPMethod Operation
/collections/{collectionId}/items POST create a new item/Feature
/collections/{collectionId}/items/{itemId} PUT replace an item/Feature
/collections/{collectionId}/items/{itemId} PATCH partial update of an item/Feature
/collections/{collectionId}/items/{itemId} DELETE delete an item/Feature

Examples of JSON DTO, for POST, PUT and PATCH operations

POST http://localhost:7070/geoserver/ogc/features/collections/sf:bugsites/items

  {
  "type":"Feature",
  "geometry":{
     "type":"Point",
     "coordinates":[
        -103.86761148,
        44.38484141
     ]
  },
  "geometry_name":"the_geom",
  "properties":{
     "cat":1,
     "str1":"Beetle site"
  }
}

PUT http://localhost:7070/geoserver/ogc/features/collections/sf:bugsites/items/bugsites.1

  {
  "type":"Feature",
  "id":"bugsites.1",
  "geometry":{
     "type":"Point",
     "coordinates":[
        -103.86761148,
        44.38484141
     ]
  },
  "geometry_name":"the_geom",
  "properties":{
     "cat":1,
     "str1":"Beetle site"
  }
}

PATCH http://localhost:7070/geoserver/ogc/features/collections/sf:bugsites/items/bugsites.1

 {
  "properties":{
     "cat":30,
     "str1":"Not a Beetle site"
  }
}

Atomic and Batch transactions

No specification has been provided yet. The services will provide the possibility to perform insertions, updates, replacements and deletes on multiple items at once. The future specification will likely provide a dedicated endpoint, where to POST a document describing the changes to operate on the collection (i.e. inserts, updates, replaces and/or deletes). Two modes will be available:

  • ATOMIC, transactions should entirely succeeds or rolled back entirely if a single change fails.
  • BATCH, each change operation will fail or succeed individually.