Linux binary


For installing on Linux with an existing application server such as Tomcat, please see the Web archive section.

The platform-independent binary is a GeoServer web application bundled inside Jetty, a lightweight and portable application server. It has the advantages of working very similarly across all operating systems and is very simple to set up.


  1. Make sure you have a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed on your system. GeoServer requires a Java 8 or Java 11 environment, available from OpenJDK, AdoptOpenJDK, or provided by your OS distribution.


    For more information about Java and GeoServer compatibility, please see the section on Java Considerations.

  2. Select the version of GeoServer that you wish to download. If you’re not sure, select Stable.

  3. Select Platform Independent Binary on the download page.

  4. Download the archive and unpack to the directory where you would like the program to be located.


    A suggested location would be /usr/share/geoserver.

  5. Add an environment variable to save the location of GeoServer by typing the following command:

    echo "export GEOSERVER_HOME=/usr/share/geoserver" >> ~/.profile
    . ~/.profile
  6. Make yourself the owner of the geoserver folder. Type the following command in the terminal window, replacing USER_NAME with your own username :

    sudo chown -R USER_NAME /usr/share/geoserver/
  7. Start GeoServer by changing into the directory geoserver/bin and executing the script:

    cd geoserver/bin
  8. In a web browser, navigate to http://localhost:8080/geoserver.

If you see the GeoServer logo, then GeoServer is successfully installed.


GeoServer installed and running successfully

To shut down GeoServer, either close the persistent command-line window, or run the file inside the bin directory.


  1. Stop GeoServer (if it is running).

  2. Delete the directory where GeoServer is installed.

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