How can I stop the GeoServer running on my Windows 10 computer? I downloaded geoserver-2.19.2-bin(zipped) Platform Independent Binary and extracted it into a folder I wanted (my Download folder). I have the Java environment set C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_301 and also set the GOESERVER_HOME set to the location where the GeoServer application was extracted in my case C:\Users\YO\Downloads\geoserver-2.19.2-bin. When I try to shutdown I get the following error

Shutting down GeoServer...

JAVA_HOME: C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_301

java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
        at java.net.DualStackPlainSocketImpl.connect0(Native Method)
        at java.net.DualStackPlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.AbstractPlainSocketImpl.doConnect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.AbstractPlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.AbstractPlainSocketImpl.connect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.SocksSocketImpl.connect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.Socket.connect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.Socket.connect(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.Socket.<init>(Unknown Source)
        at java.net.Socket.<init>(Unknown Source)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.start.Main.stop(Main.java:570)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.start.Main.stop(Main.java:546)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.start.Main.doStop(Main.java:533)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.start.Main.start(Main.java:424)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.start.Main.main(Main.java:77)

Usage: java -jar $JETTY_HOME/start.jar [options] [properties] [configs]
       java -jar $JETTY_HOME/start.jar --help  # for more information

Press any key to continue . . .

I cannot stop the application and I can not delete the folder. Any ideas of how I can fix the problem?

  • 1
    Reinstall using the war option with Tomcat rather than Jetty, running as a windows service
    – nmtoken
    Jan 17, 2023 at 9:51
  • ok, I thought that I might use that option later. I want to delete the folder but I cant because it says folder in use as the application is still running. I have been trying to figure this out for a while now.
    – mapperx
    Jan 17, 2023 at 10:00
  • I have had this issue for long i guess you inspired me to solve it @nmtoken.
    – mapperx
    Jan 17, 2023 at 10:52
  • just close the window that jetty is running in
    – Ian Turton
    Jan 17, 2023 at 13:02
  • For some reason there was no jetty window or a geoserver terminal window. But its sorted now.
    – mapperx
    Jan 17, 2023 at 13:04

1 Answer 1


Took a while to figure this out, though through @nmtoken's comment. In order to stop the running GeoServer, I checked all the open ports on my Windows 10 using the following command netstat -aon in the CMD shell. I was able to identify the the GeoServer process based on the port number it was running on

TCP    [::]:8080              [::]:0                 LISTENING       37776

For some reason when I check through the task manager or running processes it is not listed. So to stop the process I used the following command Stop-Process -ID 37776 -Force from Window Powershell (when I tried it from normal CMD terminal its says 'Stop-Process' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. ), (I found this method from Tutorial: PowerShell Kill Process Command). I was able to stop and then restart the GeoServer.

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