Install GeoServer

Here you will install GeoServer, a server for map images and location data. We first presented this tutorial as part of a three-hour session on Working with Geographic Information Systems in Python during the 2009 Python Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Walkthrough for Fedora

Download GeoServer

Test GeoServer

Set JAVA_HOME environment variable.

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre/

Unzip and run bin/

cd geoserver-1.7.3/bin

Go to http://localhost:8080/geoserver in your browser.

Install GeoServer to load at boot

Copy geoserver files to /usr/local/geoserver.

cp -R geoserver-1.7.3 /usr/local/geoserver

Add the following lines to the end of /etc/rc.local.

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre/
export GEOSERVER_HOME=/usr/local/geoserver/
/usr/local/geoserver/bin/ &

Troubleshoot errors

Some users have reported problems setting the JAVA_HOME environment variable. In particular, you may be getting the following error on trying to run the script.

The JAVA_HOME environment variable is not defined
This environment variable is needed to run this program

In these cases you will need to find the location of the JRE (Java Runtime Environment). Make sure that the JRE contains the bin and lib subfolders.

su            # Login as root
updatedb      # Update database
locate jre    # Locate the Java Runtime Library

The default setup for Fedora 11 64-bit has the following preset shortcuts, which may help you find the JRE on your system.

/usr/lib/jvm/jre                               -> /etc/alternatives/jre
/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0                         -> /etc/alternatives/jre_1.6.0
/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64          -> java-1.6.0-openjdk-
/usr/lib/jvm/jre-openjdk                       -> /etc/alternatives/jre_openjdk
/etc/alternatives/jre                          -> /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64
/etc/alternatives/jre_1.6.0                    -> /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64
/etc/alternatives/jre_openjdk                  -> /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64