Note: Warning: Using this, all metadata record's bounding box will be visible to all. Spatial index contains all metadata records (including templates) and the WMS will not take care of filtering bounding box according to privileges.

How-to browse your GeoNetwork spatial index using WMS in GeoServer ?

Create a link between spatial index directory to GeoServer data directory

cd trunk/data/geoserver_data/data
ln -s ../../../web/geonetwork/WEB-INF/lucene/spatial/ spatialindex

Note: Occasionally a lock issue on the Shapefile occurs when both GeoNetwork and GeoServer try to access the file. This causes Geoserver to lose the configuration for the shapefile. A better option could be to make a copy of the files on a regular basis or use Geoserver's RESTful interface

UPDATE: If your using geoserver 2.x and you cant get it to detect the shape file or shapefile directory - leave data/ out from the paths shown in the screen shots.

Configure GeoServer to deploy the spatial index Shapefile

Datastore configuration

Define shapefile to use

Configure feature type

Really simple SLD style

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<StyledLayerDescriptor version="1.0.0" xmlns="" xmlns:ogc=""
  xmlns:xlink="" xmlns:xsi=""
    <Name>Catalogue bounding box style</Name>
              <CssParameter name="stroke">#000000</CssParameter>
              <CssParameter name="stroke-width">3</CssParameter>
              <CssParameter name="font-family">Times New Roman</CssParameter>
              <CssParameter name="font-style">Normal</CssParameter>
              <CssParameter name="font-size">14</CssParameter>


Access the WMS using a WMS client (eg. OpenLayers, GoogleEarth)


OpenLayers output


You could use GeoServer KML templating system in order to style your KML. On issue will be that only the metadata record ID (internal GeoNetwork identifier) is available.

Google Earth output

KML Demo template:

  • title
    Metadata: ${id.value}
  • description
    Metadata id: ${id.value}.
    <a href="http://localhost:8080/geonetwork/srv/en/${id.value}">Metadata</a><br/>
    <a href="http://localhost:8080/geonetwork/srv/en/xml.metadata.get?id=${id.value}">Metadata (XML)</a>

Note: Here the privilege filter is applied by the catalogue.


  • Another option at least for KML output (not WMS) is to create a searcher which output KML (Done in sandbox on top of a CSW searcher).
  • In order to retrieve more information from the shapefile using Talend ETL could be an option to create a more complete shapefile with metadata title, change date, ...


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