Install and Configure GeoFence

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GeoFence is an advanced authorization service for GeoServer instances developed by geosolutions. Purpose of this page is to explain how to configure a GeoFence service instance in order to fulfill the needs of gCube environment. Please refer to third party's website for further details.


GeoFence is distributed as a web application, which war is contained in a zip file available here. Current adopted version is 3.3.0. Its installation requires :

  • Tomcat 7+
  • Java 8+

Tomcat configuration

Dependency clashes

Following operations are needed in order to fix dependency clash issues with SmartGears distribution (files to be removed can be found under $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/thredds/WEB-INF):

  • remove file slf4j-api-1.7.14.jar
  • update XercesImpl by replacing jars xml-apis-1.0.b2.jar and xercesImpl-2.6.2.jar with the same ones from version 2.11 (zip file available here).

Configuring as SmartGears Application

In order to enable SmartGears to correctly handle the web application, the gcube-app.xml file must be present under $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/geofence/WEB-INF location. A valid copy of such file can be retrieved in shared workspace folder

GeoFence plugins for GeoServer