I'm looking for an open source spatial file server to house and serve my GIS data. I'm currently using my Ubuntu Server as a ssh file server and have to download the data to the local computer, manipulate and then re-upload to the server. I would prefer to use ArcCatalog to connect to the server and manipulate the data in-situ. Are there any open source Spatial servers that Arc will communicate with? I'm not very interested in WMS or other web based displays.

  • When you say spatial server, do you mean something like GeoServer or MapServer? Or do you mean a spatial database like PostgreSQL or MySQL?
    – Baltok
    Mar 19 '13 at 17:21
  • MapServer and GeoServer appear to be web publishing servers? I'm not looking to publish spatial data to the web, but simply connect to a file server through ArcCatalog and create, manipulate, and process, raster and vector data, in geo-databases and shapefiles. Ideally, I would like to move away from Arc, but it will take some time...
    – Mender
    Mar 19 '13 at 17:32
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    The answer is likely postgis on postgresql
    – lewis
    Mar 19 '13 at 18:17
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    postgis - see it in action youtube.com/watch?v=gsMEwdwH6Ts
    – Mapperz
    Mar 19 '13 at 18:59
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    It sounds like @Mender is looking for a simple file server or network share that can be connected to from ArcCatalog. It doesn't seem like a database server will suit their needs.
    – Brian
    Mar 19 '13 at 22:04

If all you need is a file server, not a spatial database server, the simplest way is to just install samba, share a directory via /etc/samba/smb.conf (or use a gui if you don't need anything complicated like active directory integration) and map that directory as a network drive in Windows Explorer.

  • Sure sounds like all he wants is to share files, so this really hits the mark. +1 from me.
    – Llaves
    Mar 20 '13 at 2:56

For my own work, I use a Postgres server with PostGIS extensions. I personally like it because of the new RASTER support that was built into PostGIS v2.

Here are some resources that might help you:


http://www.postgis.us (The book "PostGIS in Action" is excellent)



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