For installing on Linux with an existing application server such as Tomcat, please see the Web archive section.
The platform-independent binary is a GeoServer web application bundled inside Jetty, a lightweight and portable application server. It has the advantages of working very similarly across all operating systems and is very simple to set up.
Make sure you have a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed on your system. GeoServer requires a Java 8 environment. The Oracle JRE is preferred, but OpenJDK has been known to work adequately. You can download JRE 8 from Oracle.
Java 9 is not currently supported.
Select the version of GeoServer that you wish to download. If you’re not sure, select Stable.
Select Platform Independent Binary on the download page.
Download the archive and unpack to the directory where you would like the program to be located.
A suggested location would be
Add an environment variable to save the location of GeoServer by typing the following command:
echo "export GEOSERVER_HOME=/usr/share/geoserver" >> ~/.profile . ~/.profile
Make yourself the owner of the
geoserverfolder. Type the following command in the terminal window, replacing
USER_NAMEwith your own username :
sudo chown -R USER_NAME /usr/share/geoserver/
Start GeoServer by changing into the directory
geoserver/binand executing the
cd geoserver/bin sh startup.sh
In a web browser, navigate to
If you see the GeoServer logo, then GeoServer is successfully installed.
To shut down GeoServer, either close the persistent command-line window, or run the
shutdown.sh file inside the
- Stop GeoServer (if it is running).
- Delete the directory where GeoServer is installed.