I am currently experimenting with the GeoServer ReST-API andy trying to update the configuration parameters of an ImageMosaic Coveragestore. I've been using Python 2.7 with the requests package as well as cURL, but after sending my POST-Request the layer isn't marked as active anymore in the GeoServer web interface.

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I've saw this Message on the geoserver user mailing list and tried to reproduce this but without having success. No matter if I'm using Python or cURL, the POST-request does not update the specific entry in the parameters but overwrites all entries with only the one I specified in my request.

So here is my Python Code:

import requests

url = "http://MyGeoServer:8080/geoserver/rest/workspaces/Imaging_DOP/coveragestores/Geobasis_1410AB/coverages/Geobasis_1410AB.xml" 
headers = {'Content-Type': 'text/xml'}
auth = ('user', 'password')

data = """
r = requests.put(url, headers=headers, auth=auth, data=data)
print r.status_code

And here is the same request with cURL:

curl -u user:password -v -XPUT -H 'Content-type: text/xml' -d '<coverage><parameters><entry><string>AllowMultithreading</string><string>true</string></entry><enable>true</enable></parameters></coverage>' http://MyGeoServer:8080/geoserver/rest/workspaces/Imaging_DOP/coveragestores/Geobasis_1410AB/coverages/Geobasis_1410AB.xml

Does anybody know how to update specific parameters in CoverageStores without replacing all the entries, except the one specified in the request and without making the layer unusable?

1 Answer 1


I managed this by making a GET request for the coverage:

curl -v -u admin:geoserver -H 'Accept: text/xml' -XGET http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/workspaces/nurc/coveragestores/mosaic/coverages/mosaic > req.xml

editing the required change into the file and then PUTting it

curl -v -u admin:geoserver -H 'Accept: text/xml' -H 'Content-type: text/xml' -XPUT [email protected] http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/workspaces/nurc/coveragestores/mosaic/coverages/mosaic

I'm sure there is a pythonic way to edit the XML returned from the first call too :-)

I can't find any reference in the API Docs that suggests that partial XML documents are an acceptable thing to send to the service.

  • Thanks, I used your answer to create a new WMS layer and a POST worked for me.
    – Freeze
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 15:52
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    if it solved your problem, please mark it as accepted by clicking on the tick mark. this will help future users with the same issue
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 10:41
  • I believe you can just send a XML with the fields to change and GeoServer will do the merging.
    – blindguy
    Commented Jul 21, 2021 at 18:51

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