I recently upgraded GeoServer from 2.12 to 2.142 because of a GeoNode update. A WFS GetFeature link failed in the new version of GeoServer:


The error message I got was something like:

<ows:Exception exceptionCode="InvalidParameterValue" locator="typeName">
    ows:ExceptionText>Feature type geonode:fr_admin1 unknown</ows:ExceptionText>

There is an exception "Feature type unknown" returned. However, I never had this issue in GeoServer ver. 2.12. Is there any changes for the WFS GetFeature request in GeoServer ver. 2.14? How to solve this problem?

  • 1
    Version 2.0.0 uses typeNames not typeName
    – Ian Turton
    May 9, 2019 at 18:34
  • @IanTurton Thanks for the response. I changed the url into "myhost/geoserver/…", but the issue persists.
    – Ran L.
    May 9, 2019 at 19:50
  • service=wfs should be service=WFS
    – nmtoken
    Jul 2, 2019 at 16:41

1 Answer 1


Both typeName and typeNames work fine on a local machine for me.




Things to check:

  1. Make sure that you really have a layer geonode:fr_admin1 and it is enabled.
  2. Test with a standard data layer (like topp:tasmania_cities).
  3. look in the log file to see if there is an error message.
  4. Turn logging level up to GEOSERVER_DEVELOPER and check again.

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