REST Security


RESTful security configuration is available in GeoServer versions greater than 2.0.1.

In addition to providing the ability to secure OWS style services GeoServer also allows for the securing of RESTful services.

As with layer and service security, RESTful security configuration is based on Users and roles. Mappings from request uri to role are defined in a file named located in the security directory of the GeoServer data directory.


The following is the syntax for definiing access control rules for RESTful services (parameters in brackets [] are optional):



  • uriPattern is the ant pattern that matches a set of request uri’s..
  • method is an HTTP request method, one of GET, POST, PUT, POST, DELETE, or HEAD
  • role is the name of a predefined role. The wildcard ‘* is used to indicate the permission is applied to all users, including anonymous users.

A few things to note:

  • uri patterns should account for the first component of the rest path, usually rest or api
  • method and role lists should not contain any spaces

Ant patterns

Ant patterns are a commonly used syntax for pattern matching directory and file paths. The examples section contains some basic examples. The apache ant user manual contains more sophisticated cases.


Most of the examples in this section are specific to the rest configuration extension but any RESTful GeoServer service can be configured in the same manner.

Allowing only autenticated access to services

The most secure of configurations is one that forces any request to be authenticated. The following will lock down access to all requests:


A slightly less restricting configuration locks down access to operations under the path /rest, but will allow anonymous access to requests that fall under other paths (for example /api):


The following configuration is like the previous except it grants access to a specific role rather than the administrator:


Where ROLE_TRUSTED is a role defined in

Providing anonymous read-only access

The following configuration allows anonymous access when the GET (read) method is used but forces authentication for a POST, PUT, or DELETE (write):


Securing a specific resource

The following configuration forces authentication for access to a particular resource (in this case a feature type):


The following secures access to a set of resources (in this case all data stores):