Styles render, or make available, geospatial data. Styles for GeoServer are written in Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD), a subset of XML. Please see the section on Styling for more information on working with styles.

On the Styles page, you can add a new style, view or edit an existing style, or remove a style.


Styles page

Edit a Style

To view or edit a style, click the style name. A Style Editor page will be diplayed. The page presents options for configuring a style’s name and code. Style names are specified at the top in the name field. Typing or pasting of SLD code can be done in one of two modes. The first mode is an embedded EditArea a rich editor. The second mode is an unformatted text editor. Check the Toggle Editor to switch between modes.


Rich text editor


Plain text editor

The rich editor is designed for text formatting, search and replace, line numbering, and real-time syntax highlighting. You can also switch view to full-screen mode for a larger editing area.

Button Description
../../_images/data_style_editor1.png search
../../_images/data_style_editor2.png go to line
../../_images/data_style_editor3.png fullscreen mode
../../_images/data_style_editor4.png undo
../../_images/data_style_editor5.png redo
../../_images/data_style_editor6.png toggle syntax highlight on/off
../../_images/data_style_editor7.png reset highlight (if desynchronized from text)
../../_images/data_style_editor8.png about

To confirm that the SLD code is fully compliant with the SLD schema, click the Validate button. A message box will confirm whether the style contains validation errors.


GeoServer will sometimes render styles that fail validation, but this is not recommended.


No validation errors


Validation error message

Add a Style

The buttons for adding and removing a style can be found at the top of the Styles page.


Adding or removing a style

To add a new style, select the Add a new style button. You will be redirected to an editor page. Enter a name for the style. The editor page provides two options for submitting an SLD. You can paste the SLD directly into the editor, or you can select and upload a local file that contains the SLD.


Uploading an SLD file from your local computer

Once a style is successfully submitted, you will be redirected to the main Styles page where the new style will be listed.

Remove a Style

To remove a style, select it by clicking the checkbox next to the style. Multiple styles can be selected, or all can be selected by clicking the checkbox in the header. Click the Remove selected style(s) link at the top of the page. You will be asked to confirm or cancel the removal. Clicking OK removes the selected style(s).


Confirmation prompt for removing styles

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