After creating a table in Postgis, making it available in Geoserver and then creating the necessary stores and layers, I loaded the resulting WFS file in QGIS.

When trying to populate the features with an edit, I get faced with the following error:

Could not commit changes to layer teststore:test

Errors: ERROR: 1 feature(s) not added. Provider errors: WFS service exception: {http://geoserver.org/teststore}test is read-only

I have admin privileges in Geoserver and Postgres, and I haven't found anything resembling a read only restriction.

How to get around this problem?

  • You should read up on WFS-T. Jun 1, 2016 at 14:43
  • @Vesanto care to elaborate?
    – Luffydude
    Jun 1, 2016 at 16:32
  • It's hard to tell from your question what you have tried in GeoServer, and I no expert on the matter. But WFS does not support editing. For editing you will need WFS-T, which is transactional WFS. Jun 1, 2016 at 16:34
  • @Vesanto Like I've said, I simply tried adding the Geoserver layer as a WFS but when I tried editing, it did not work saying it was read only. I don't see any option to make it a WFS-T and my internet search didn't produce any result
    – Luffydude
    Jun 1, 2016 at 16:41

2 Answers 2


The typical reason for this errors is that the underlying table does not have a primary key, it's a view in the database, or the layer is configured as "sql view" in GeoSever

  • It had a primary key, the problem was SQL view but now I'm not sure how I did it but it got fixed and now I'm able to fix my edits
    – Luffydude
    Jun 7, 2016 at 8:20

Problem was solved by enabling jsonp in the geoserver

  • How are these thing related? Why would you need to enable jsonp to do a WFS insert?
    – ca0v
    Feb 24, 2017 at 21:45

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