Data directory default location

If GeoServer is running in standalone mode (via an installer or a binary) the data directory is located at <installation root>/data_dir.

Standalone platform Default/typical location
Windows (except XP) C:\Program Files (x86)\GeoServer 2.17.x\data_dir
Windows XP C:Program Files\GeoServer 2.17.x\data_dir
Mac OS X /Applications/GeoServer.app/Contents/Resources/Java/data_dir
Linux (Tomcat) /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps/geoserver/data

If GeoServer is running as a web archive inside of a custom-deployed application server, the data directory is by default located at <web application root>/data.

Creating a new data directory

The easiest way to create a new data directory is to copy an existing one.

Once the data directory has been located, copy it to a new location. To point a GeoServer instance at the new data directory proceed to the next section Setting the data directory location.