I am using PostGIS and GeoServer and OpenLayers 3 (OL3). I connected PostGIS table to GeoServer and published my layer. I am using following code to get the layer as vector layer:

var vector = new ol.layer.Vector({
    source: new ol.source.GeoJSON({
        projection: 'EPSG:4326',
        url: 'http://localhost:8000/geoserver/cite/ows?service=WFS&version=1.0.0&request=GetFeature&typeName=cite:myfeaturesTbl&maxFeatures=50&outputFormat=application/json&'

I need to read my feature as vector layer because I want to select them and then get information of each feature or move them on the map. When I use this code it is not show anything.

Is there any problem in my code?

Can you help me get a vector layer in OL3 with a GeoServer WFS?

  • Try the "Layer Preview" in GeoServer, and tell us if the layer works there. Also, is the client really running on the same machine (localhost) as GeoServer? – BradHards Nov 21 '14 at 10:35
  • Hello, Yes layer Preview shows the layer. also I can show the layer with WMS. also Geoserver and client in are in same machine. I wanna know how can I show a layer (vector layer), from geoserver with OL3? – mike Nov 21 '14 at 15:28

The Problem lies in your use of url, which in OL3 seems to expect only static files, i.e. url = "/static/data/geojson.json".

To fill your map with dynamically loaded data use ajax calls and the ol.source.Vector.addFeatures method:

var vectorSource = new ol.source.GeoJSON({
    projection: 'EPSG:4326'

    // success callback 
    function (data) {
        // first add features  

        // then display map...
        var map = new ol.Map({
                                target: '...',
                                layers: [
                                    new ol.layer.Tile({
                                        source: ...
                                    new ol.layer.Vector({  
                                        source: vectorSource 

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