When creating a PostGIS store in GeoServer, the guidelines I saw ask us to fill in database connection parameters including:

host, port, database, schema, username, and password.

This is a bit problematic for my system because the PostgreSQL database is set up in a passwordless manner. Users can only connect to localhost using their user names without passwords. No password is needed or will be created for security purposes.

When I tried to Add Store without giving the password (which does not exist), I got the following error.

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In my case, the webservers, GeoServer and PostgreSQL/PostGIS are on the same machine . The psql client can connect to the server on localhost passwordlessly without a issue.

Is it possible to set up PostgreSQL and GeoServer in such a way that the GeoServer to PostgreSQL connection does not require passwords?

  • You can use a JNDI connection
    – Ian Turton
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 18:39
  • I'm not sure if pgpass work with GeoServer, but it does for many other programs like psql, pgAdmin, ogr and others.
    – Mike T
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 21:03
  • update: to answer my own suggestion, no jdbc does not use pgpass
    – Mike T
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 22:43

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If you are on linux you can probably use unix socket. Then you need to have specified thu user name in the pg_hba file for local, with trust or pair as authentication.

Then when you connect you shall not give a host name at all. At least in other softwares that gives you a local connection over unix socket.

  • Thanks for the pointer. I just tried this, but got an error: Field host is required on the New Vector Data Source page for adding store. This is with GeoServer 2.8 under linux
    – tinlyx
    Commented May 1, 2016 at 17:55
  • Yes I guess you are right. I guess GeoServer is using jdbc which, according to this answer seems to not support local connection via unix socket: stackoverflow.com/questions/4562471/… Commented May 1, 2016 at 21:10
  • Host set to localhost and user set to the system username, leaving empty the password works here.
    – pLumo
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 11:33

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