Allowing read-write access to vector data through transactions

Boundless Suite contains a full Web Feature Service (WFS) implementation. This also includes support for WFS Transactions (WFS-T).

However, as unrestricted write access to data is a security risk, the WFS in Boundless Suite is set to “Basic” by default. This means that the only requests that will be accepted are:

  • GetCapabilites
  • DescribeFeatureType
  • GetFeature

To enable WFS-T, you will need to change the WFS Service Level in GeoServer to Transactional (or Complete).

  1. Open the GeoServer admin interface.

  2. Under the Services section, click WFS.

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    WFS in the Services menu

  3. Scroll down to Service Level. Click the box next to Transactional.

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    Default setting: WFS-T not allowed

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    WFS-T allowed

  4. Click Save.

If you are using the default data directory shipped with Boundless Suite, you can easily test that transactions are enabled:

  1. On the left side of the page, click Demos and then click Demo Requests.

  2. Select the WFS_transactionInsert.xml request.

    Note

    The request will need to be modified to produce output. Read the comments at the top of the request for instructions.

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    Transaction demo

  3. Enter your administrative user name and password in the appropriate fields at the bottom.

  4. Click Submit.

  5. The request should execute successfully.

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    A successful transaction

    Note

    The WFS_transactionDelete.xml request will undo this insert.