There are a few ways to install GeoServer on OS X. The simplest way is to use the OS X installer, but you can also perform a manual installation with the OS-independent binary.


Java Runtime Environment

GeoServer requires the installation of Java 7 distributed for OSX by Oracle:

The JRE provided by Apple is limited to Java 6 and may be used with GeoServer 2.5 or earlier. GeoServer does not work with Java 8 at this time.


To run GeoServer as part of a servlet container such as Tomcat, please see the Web archive (WAR) section.