I know this has been discused before, but before somebody tell me about data base views or HTML templates, this is my concern:

Geoserver returns the geometry field from WMS getfeature info, enabling anyone to create scripts to download the data from the server as if it was WFS.

Is there a way to prevent this behaviour?


With the admin utility you can select allowed formats from the WMS settings page. GetFeatureFormats can be selected from "Allowed MIME types for a GetFeatureInfo request". Leave only text/html and text/plain left. You must also disable vector formats from "Allowed MIME types for a GetMap request" for preventing KML and perhaps SVG and some other outputformats.

  • I think this might solve it, but I was thinking of something like the "gml_include_items" of MapServer, without sacrificing GML output. – Leonardo Oct 22 '14 at 3:34

You can use the HTTP parameter "propertyName" to specify the properties that you want to be returned (comma-separated list), e.g. &propertyName=name,category. So, if you want all attributes, except for the geometry to be returned, you must include all property names in this list.

See: http://docs.geoserver.org/stable/en/user/services/wms/reference.html#getfeatureinfo for all details.

  • The issue though is that the provider of the GeoServer service wants to stop the Geometry from being provided. propertyName is a way of a user making a request for data, not a way for a provider to stop data from being published. – nmtoken Aug 13 '16 at 20:46
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    In that case you need to fall back to HTML output only (see other response to this question) and edit the FeatureInfo template to not display the Geometry. – janb Aug 15 '16 at 8:02
  • Is it possible like &propertyName!=Name – Satya Chandra Feb 26 '18 at 11:12
  • @Hyma That is unfortunately not possible at the moment. – janb Mar 20 '18 at 8:45

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