Installing from WAR file

This section describes how to install GeoNetwork with the WAR.

At the end of the installation process you will end up with the web applications running.

Host ports requirements:

  1. Download the WAR file

    GeoNetwork releases are available in

    You can download the WAR file geonetwork.war from your browser or use command line like

  2. Copy the WAR to the Java web server

    After download, copy the WAR file in the webapp folder of Tomcat or Jetty.

    cp geonetwork.war /usr/share/apache-tomcat{X}/webapps/.
  3. Start the Java web server

    If started, Tomcat will automatically deploy the application. If not, start the Java web server to deploy.


    You need to ensure Tomcat is configured with enough memory for GeoNetwork to launch. This can be be configured via the setenv script in tomcat with the appropriate memory for the JAVA_OPTS property). -Xms2g -Xmx2g is usually fine.

  4. Configure the search platform

    Open http://localhost:8080/geonetwork in your web browser. You should see the GeoNetwork home page indicating that the search is not yet available.


    You need to install Elasticsearch or to configure GeoNetwork to use an existing instance.

    Download Elasticsearch for your platform

    tar xvfz elasticsearch-7.6.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
    cd elasticsearch-7.6.2-linux-x86_64/bin

    Open http://localhost:9200 in your web browser to check that Elasticsearch is running.

    To use an existing instance check Configure connection in Installing search platform.

  5. Up and running?

    Open or refresh http://localhost:8080/geonetwork in your web browser. You should see the GeoNetwork home page:


    You have now a default GeoNetwork up and running.

    To customize your catalog, you may follow the next steps to configure the database (See Configuring the database) instead of using the default H2 database and the data directory (See Customizing the data directory) .

    See Loading templates and sample data to start loading metadata records.