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I am interested in publishing a GML file as a WFS. I don't want to use a database like PostgreSQL. What would be the rough steps I need to do for that? I like to use open source software (geoserver). I don't have much experience. I am just looking for a rough guide what kind of software I should look into and which step follows which step..

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It would be helpful if you can expand upon what you know so far, what you've looked for, any promising leads you have, etc. It will give people a better idea how to help you out. – Jay Guarneri Feb 27 '13 at 20:38

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I good tutorial on how to set up a wfs in GeoServer can be found here:

The steps are for a shapefile. However I assume they are very similiar for a GML File.

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The link does not provide instructions for how to enable WFS. – artwork21 Mar 4 at 13:14
Yeah it does. At the bottom it says: "Your shapefile is now set up for use as a WFS. To preview your layer, click on “Layer Preview..." – ustroetz Mar 4 at 14:34
Once you create a workspace you have to edit it and check the WFS checkbox for it to be enabled. – artwork21 Mar 4 at 16:01

As geoserver is fully compliant to WFS, including the "Transactional WFS" level of service. You can provide a running instance with GML to write to its storage with any WFS-T client. More info about this capability of geoserver is available here:

If you need an open source WFS-T ETL tool, you can use the current daily builds of HALE 3.0.0 (the release version of 2.9.0 doesn't yet have this capability):

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