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GeoNetwork is a FOSS catalog for spatially referenced resources.
GitHub repo: https://github.com/geonetwork/docker-geonetwork
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What is GeoNetwork?
GeoNetwork is a catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources. It provides powerful metadata editing and search functions as well as an interactive web map viewer.
The GeoNetwork project started out in year 2001 as a Spatial Data Catalogue System for the Food and Agriculture organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
At present the project is widely used as the basis of Spatial Data Infrastructures all around the world.
GeoNetwork has been developed to connect spatial information communities and their data using a modern architecture, which is at the same time powerful and low cost, based on the principles of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and International and Open Standards for services and protocols (e.g.: ISO/TC211, OGC).
The project is part of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( OSGeo ) and can be found at GeoNetwork opensource. GeoNetwork has been developed to connect spatial information communities and their data using a modern architecture, which is at the same time powerful and low cost.
How to use this image
This command will start a debian-based container, running a Tomcat web server, with a geonetwork war deployed on the server:
$ docker run --name some-geonetwork -d geonetwork
Geonetwork listens on port
8080. If you want to access the container at the host, you must publish this port. For instance, this, will redirect all the container traffic on port 8080, to the same port on the host:
$ docker run --name some-geonetwork -d -p 8080:8080 geonetwork
Then, if you are running docker on Linux, you may access geonetwork at http://localhost:8080/geonetwork. Otherwise, replace
localhost by the address of your docker machine.
Set the data directory
The data directory is the location on the file system where the catalog stores much of its custom configuration and uploaded files. It is also where it stores a number of support files, used for various purposes (e.g.: Lucene index, spatial index, thumbnails).
By default, geonetwork sets the data directory on
/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/geonetwork/WEB-INF/data, but you may override this value by injecting an environment variable into the container: -
-e DATA_DIR=... (defaults to
For instance, to set the data directory to
$ docker run --name some-geonetwork -d -p 8080:8080 -e DATA_DIR=/var/lib/geonetwork_data geonetwork
If you want the data directory to live beyond restarts, or even destruction of the container, you can mount a directory from the docker engine’s host into the container. -
-v <host path>:<data directory>. For instance this, will mount the host directory
/var/lib/geonetwork_data on the container:
$ docker run --name some-geonetwork -d -p 8080:8080 -e DATA_DIR=/var/lib/geonetwork_data -v /host/geonetwork-docker:/var/lib/geonetwork_data geonetwork
docker stack deploy or
# GeoNetwork # # Access via "http://localhost:8080/geonetwork" (or "http://$(docker-machine ip):8080/geonetwork" if using docker-machine) # # Default user: admin # Default password: admin version: '3.1' services: geonetwork: image: geonetwork restart: always ports: - 8080:8080 environment: DATA_DIR: /var/lib/geonetwork_data volumes: - geonetwork:/var/lib/geonetwork_data volumes: geonetwork:
docker stack deploy -c stack.yml geonetwork (or
docker-compose -f stack.yml up), wait for it to initialize completely, and visit
http://host-ip:8080/geonetwork (as appropriate).
After installation a default user with name
admin and password
admin is created. Use this credentials to start with. It is recommended to update the default password after installation.
geonetwork images come in many flavors, each designed for a specific use case.
This is the defacto image. If you are unsure about what your needs are, you probably want to use this one. It is designed to be used both as a throw away container (mount your source code and start the container to start your app), as well as the base to build other images off of.
By default, an H2 database is configured and created when the application first starts. If you are interested in a database engine other than H2, please have a look at other image variants.
This image gives support for using PostgreSQL as database engine for geonetwork. When you start the container, a database is created, and it is populated by geonetwork, once it starts.
Please note that this image does not ship the postgres database server itself, but it gives you the option to link to a container running postgres, or to connect to a postgres instance using its ip address. If you are looking for a self-contained installation of geonetwork, including the database engine, please have a look at the default image variant.
In order to setup the connection from geonetwork, you must inject the following variables into the container: -
POSTGRES_DB_USERNAME: postgres user on your database server (must have permission to create databases) -
POSTGRES_DB_PASSWORD: postgres password on your database server
If your postgres instance is listening on a non-standard port, you must also set that variable: -
POSTGRES_DB_PORT: postgres port on your database server (defaults to
Connecting to a postgres database
If you want to connect to a postgres server, you need to pass an extra environment variable,
POSTGRES_DB_HOST, containing the address of this server.
If you want to connect to an external database server, you can use either the IP address or the DNS as
POSTGRES_DB_HOST. For instance, if the server is running on
mydns.net, on port
5434, the username is
postgres and the password is
$ docker run --name geonetwork -d -p 8080:8080 -e POSTGRES_DB_HOST=mydns.net -e POSTGRES_DB_PORT=5434 -e POSTGRES_DB_USERNAME=postgres -e POSTGRES_DB_PASSWORD=mysecretpassword geonetwork:postgres
If are want to run postgres on a container, you can use the container name as
POSTGRES_DB_HOST: just make sure that containers can discover each other, by running them in the same user-defined network. For instance, you can create a bridge network:
$ docker network create --driver bridge mynet
Then if you want to run the official image of postgres, using
some-postgres as container name, you could launch it like this:
$ docker run --name some-postgres --network=mynet -d postgres
And then you could launch geonetwork, making sure you join the same network, and setting the required environment variables, including the
$ docker run --name geonetwork -d -p 8080:8080 --network=mynet -e POSTGRES_DB_HOST=some-postgres -e POSTGRES_DB_PORT=5432 -e POSTGRES_DB_USERNAME=postgres -e POSTGRES_DB_PASSWORD=mysecretpassword geonetwork:postgres
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