Directory of spatial files¶
The directory store automates the process of loading multiple shapefiles into GeoServer. Loading a directory that contains multiple shapefiles will automatically add each shapefile to GeoServer.
While GeoServer has robust support for the shapefile format, it is not the recommended format of choice in a production environment. Databases such as PostGIS are more suitable in production and offer better performance and scalability. See the section on Running in a Production Environment for more information.
Adding a directory¶
To begin, navigate to Stores ‣ Add a new store ‣ Directory of spatial files.
|Workspace||Name of the workspace to contain the store. This will also be the prefix of all of the layer names created from shapefiles in the store.|
|Data Source Name||Name of the store as known to GeoServer.|
|Description||Description of the directory store.|
|Enabled||Enables the store. If disabled, no data in any of the shapefiles will be served.|
|URL||Location of the directory. Can be an absolute path (such as file:C:\Data\shapefile_directory) or a path relative to the data directory (such as file:data/shapefile_directory.|
|namespace||Namespace to be associated with the store. This field is altered by changing the workspace name.|
When finished, click Save.