In addition to providing the ability to secure OWS style services, GeoServer also supports securing RESTful services.
As with layer and service security, RESTful security configuration is based on
security_roles. The mapping of request URI to role is defined in a file named
rest.properties, located in the
security directory of the GeoServer data directory.
The following syntax defines access control rules for RESTful services (parameters in brackets  are optional):
The parameters are:
uriPattern—ant pattern that matches a set of request URIs
method—HTTP request method, one of
role—Name of a predefined role. The wildcard ‘* is used to indicate the permission is applied to all users, including anonymous users.
URI patterns should account for the first component of the rest path, usually
Method and role lists should not contain any spaces
Ant patterns are commonly used for pattern matching directory and file paths. The examples section contains some basic instructions. The Apache ant user manual contains more sophisticated use cases.
Most of the examples in this section are specific to the GeoServer REST but any RESTful GeoServer service may be configured in the same manner.
Allowing only authenticated access¶
The most secure configuration is one that forces any request to be authenticated. The following example locks down access to all requests:
A 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
The following configuration is similar to the previous one except it grants access to a specific role rather than the administrator:
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
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):
/rest/**/datastores/*;GET=TRUSTED_ROLE /rest/**/datastores/*.*;GET=TRUSTED_ROLE /rest/**;POST,PUT,DELETE=TRUSTED_ROLE