I need to delete a Datastore (as well as all its content) using GeoServer's REST API.

I'm trying:

curl -u usr:pwd -XDELETE http://example.com/geoserver/rest/workspaces/ws/datastores/my_datastore.xml

But the response I get is:

datastore not empty

So, I assume I need to delete all layers in My Datastore. Fine.

Deleting all layers in the datastore:

I couldn't find a way to list only the layers in a concrete DS, so I did:

curl -u usr:pwd -XGET http://example.com/geoserver/rest/layers.json

that returns something like:

            ..., // Some unrelated layers
            ... // More unrelated layers

After filtering this response to get only the layers in the datastore to be deleted, I delete every layer doing:

curl -u usr:pwd -XDELETE http://example.com/geoserver/layers/my_datastore.poi.json
curl -u usr:pwd -XDELETE http://example.com/geoserver/layers/my_datastore.sector.json

And it apparently works (if I check in the GeoServer's web interface, the layers are gone...)

Finally, deleting the supposedly empty datastore

After deleting the layers I try again:

curl -u usr:pwd -XDELETE http://example.com/geoserver/rest/workspaces/ws/datastores/my_datastore.xml


datastore not empty

So, my double question is:

  1. What else do I need to delete for the datastore to be empty?
  2. Is there any easier way to delete a Datastore (and its content) via REST API?

You need the recurse parameter set to true. GeoServer will then delete all the layers in the datastore.

  • Thank you very much, Ian. Even though you linked to workspace's recurse, now I've seen that there is a recurse option for datastores too. Your answer is exactly what I was looking for but it only answers my question #2. Just for the sake of learning, do you know the answer to #1 also? Thanks again. – Jordi Nebot Jan 2 '18 at 18:53
  • whoops, I've fixed the link now, copy paste is hard to check on my phone. As for #1 all I can suggest is looking at the code (github.com/geoserver/geoserver/blob/master/src/restconfig/src/…) to see what it does with recurse – Ian Turton Jan 3 '18 at 8:45

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