I am using geoserver 2.5.5. I have to get the legends of each category from different link. Now geoserver gives whole legend as a PNG image format using this link http://localhost:8080/geoserver/wms?REQUEST=GetLegendGraphic&VERSION=1.0.0&FORMAT=image/png&WIDTH=20&HEIGHT=20&LAYER=topp:states

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I need to have a link which gives each category of legend as a separate image like I need only <2M category in one link like this

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  • Why not just use the SCALE option to select the scale(s) you want?
    – BradHards
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 7:35

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You can specify the optional RULE parameter in your request to specify the rule you want the legend for (see documentation)

You must have a Rule with a Name set, so if you modify the default population style:

      <Title>&gt; 4M</Title>

      <!-- like a linesymbolizer but with a fill too -->

You can make a request like:

  • Yes, but I am not clear about how to use RULE parameter exactly. At least I need one sample link which include RULE parameter. Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 8:56
  • So this Rule should be wriiten inside the sld file for styling or where? and how you relate the rule top with > 4M in legend. Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 13:59
  • Each rule can have a name (see my SLD example) and you can refer to it by that name in the GetLegend Request
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 14:02
  • Thank you for your help. can you please give me some link that has complete example of using rule. I am new to this and I can't understand it clearly. Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 14:41
  • Do you have some SLD? if so please paste it into the question
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 14:42

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