GeoFence Server GUI

The GeoFence user interface is a component of the GeoServer web interface. You can access it from the GeoServer web interface by clicking the GeoFence Server link, found on the left side of the screen after logging in.

Rules page

An overview of all rules is provided with priority, the rule’s scope specifications (role, user, service, request, workspace and layer) and its access behaviour. The ‘*’ symbol means that the rule applies to all possible values of that specification. Rules are always ordered by priority, but the order can be reversed by pressing the ‘P’ priority column header.


A new rule can be added with the “Add new rule” link. Any number of rules can be deleted by selecting them and then clicking on the “Remove selected rules” link.

Rule priority order can be easily on this page through the up and down arrows on the right side. Rules can be modified using the pencil symbol, which opens the rule page.

Rule page

This page is displayed both when creating a new rule and modifying an existing rule.


Priority can be changed manually by specifying a priority number. If this priority number is already occupied by another rule, this will cause that rule and all rules after it to shift one place to a lower priority.

When Access type LIMIT is selected, additional options are displayed that allows the user to select the Catalog Mode and the Allowed Area (WKT) associated with this rule.


When Access type ACCESS is selected as well as a specific layer, it becomes possible to specify the “layer details” in a separate tab. These make it possible to add additional filters to the layer for the rule in question. For example, the rule can alter the default style of the layer, specify which styles are available at all, which attributes are accessible for reading and/or writing, specify CQL filters for both reading and writing, specify a catalog mode, and an allowed area (WKT) filter.