WPS download community module

WPS download module provides some useful features for easily downloading: * Raster or Vector layer as zip files * Large maps as images * Time based animation The module also provides facilities to control the output file size.

Installing the WPS download module

  1. Download the WPS download module from the nightly GeoServer community module builds.


    Make sure to match the version of the extension to the version of the GeoServer instance.

  2. Extract the contents of the archive into the WEB-INF/lib directory of the GeoServer installation.

Module description

This module provides the following WPS process:

  • gs:Download : can be used for downloading Raster and Vector Layers

  • gs:DownloadEstimator : can be used for checking if the downloaded file does not exceeds the configured limits.

  • gs:DownloadMap: allows to download a large map with the same composition found on the client side (eventually along with an asynchronous call)

  • gs:DownloadAnimation: allows to download a map with the same composition found on the client side, with animation over a give set of times

Configuring the limits

The first step to reach for using this module is to create a new file called download.properties and save it in the GeoServer data directory. If the file is not present GeoServer will automatically create a new one with the default properties:

# Max #of features
#8000 px X 8000 px
#8000 px X 8000 px X 3 bands X 1 byte per band = 192MB
# 50 MB
# STORE =0, BEST =8
# When set to 0 or below, no limit

Where the available limits are:

  • maxFeatures : maximum number of features to download

  • rasterSizeLimits : maximum pixel size of the Raster to read

  • writeLimits : maximum raw raster size in bytes (a limit of how much space can a raster take in memory). For a given raster, its raw size in bytes is calculated by multiplying pixel number (raster_width x raster_height) with the accumated sum of each band’s pixel sample_type size in bytes, for all bands

  • hardOutputLimit : maximum file size to download

  • compressionLevel : compression level for the output zip file

  • maxAnimationFrames : maximum number of frames allowed (if no limit, the maximum execution time limits will still apply and stop the process in case there are too many)


Note that limits can be changed when GeoServer is running. Periodically the server will reload the properties file.

The processes and their usage

The following describes the various processes, separating raw downloads from rendered downloads: