I have a function which publishes a layer in GeoServer with the REST API. Now I want to add an existing style in the layer while publishing it.

Anyone has any idea where I write the style name or call the 'style.sld' while publish the layer?

const publish = function (layerName) {
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        method: 'POST',
        url: `http://${GEOSERVER_IP}:${GEOSERVER_PORT}/geoserver/rest/workspaces/workspaceName/datastores/datastoreName/featuretypes.xml`,
        auth: {
            username: `${GEOSERVER_ADMIN_USER}`,
            password: `${GEOSERVER_ADMIN_PASS}`
        headers: {
            'Content-Type': 'text/xml'
        data: `<featureType>
        .then(response => {
                ok: 1,
                message: `Layer has been published.`
        .catch(err => {
                ok: 0,
                message: err.response.data,


As the manual says you need to use POST the details to


To determine the format of the file I usually use a request like:

curl -u admin:geoserver http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/layers/topp:states/styles.xml

which returns this:

    <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/layers/topp:states/styles/pophatch.xml" type="application/atom+xml"/>
    <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/layers/topp:states/styles/polygon.xml" type="application/atom+xml"/>

So all you need to do is create a payload like:

    <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/layers/topp:states/styles/new_style.xml" type="application/atom+xml"/>


Alternatively, you could fetch and modify the layer.xml to add the new style information. So a request to the layer:

curl -u admin:geoserver http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/layers/topp:states.xml


    <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/styles/population.xml" type="application/xml"/>
  <styles class="linked-hash-set">
      <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/styles/pophatch.xml" type="application/xml"/>
      <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/styles/polygon.xml" type="application/xml"/>
  <resource class="featureType">
    <atom:link xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" rel="alternate" href="http://localhost:8080/geoserver/rest/workspaces/topp/datastores/states_shapefile/featuretypes/states.xml" type="application/xml"/>

So you would need to add a new defaultStyle or style block and then PUT it back to the layer endpoint.

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    Thank you. I actually can send style in Geoserver but Is it possible to publish a layer with that style(already in existing style list)? Or, we update the style of a newly created layer? – Angels Aug 7 '19 at 8:46
  • also I know the type of my style in .xml which is a line type. – Angels Aug 7 '19 at 8:52
  • I have described how you add an existing style to a layer. – Ian Turton Aug 7 '19 at 9:10

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