I am writing a Python script to fetch data from GeoServer WFS 2.0.0. To avoid downloading too large an amount of data I am using pagination with count and startIndex. The problem I am facing is how to know the amount of data in feature layer. In the JSON sent by the server a field called totalFeatures is included but this figure change in the last page.

Is there any way to get the number of features in advance?

resultType=hits& does not work in version 2.0.0

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It works for me -

if I ask for resulttype=hits:


I get the following response:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><wfs:FeatureCollection xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:fes="http://www.opengis.net/fes/2.0" xmlns:wfs="http://www.opengis.net/wfs/2.0" xmlns:gml="http://www.opengis.net/gml/3.2" xmlns:ows="http://www.opengis.net/ows/1.1" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" next="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/wfs?FILTER=%3Cfes%3AFilter%20xmlns%3Afes%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.opengis.net%2Ffes%2F2.0%22%3E%3Cfes%3AResourceId%20rid%3D%22bugsites.3%22%2F%3E%3C%2Ffes%3AFilter%3E&amp;REQUEST=GetFeature&amp;RESULTTYPE=results&amp;VERSION=2.0.0&amp;TYPENAMES=sf%3Abugsites&amp;SERVICE=WFS&amp;STARTINDEX=0" numberMatched="1" numberReturned="0" timeStamp="2019-07-17T16:26:26.106Z" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.opengis.net/wfs/2.0 http://schemas.opengis.net/wfs/2.0/wfs.xsd"/>

which has the attribute numberMatched="1" as expected.


Though oddly I get exactly the same result with &outputFormat=application%2Fjson which is odd and possibly a bug, but I would need to read the WFS spec more closely to be sure.

Further Update

Seems I've seen this before 3 years ago but no one cares enough to fix it or fund a fix.


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