Community support

The GeoServer community utilizes multiple channels of communication. This page should help you find the channel best suited for your needs.

Mailing Lists

Email is the primary form of communication for GeoServer users and developers. Being an open community means that sending email to individual developers is discouraged. Instead all email communication should take place on one of the email lists. If you have a question are chances are someone else has the same question.

If you are not in position to communicate in public please contact one of our commercial support vendors.

User List

This list is for end users of the GeoServer software and focused on topics related to normal GeoServer usage. While it's focused mainly about GeoServer itself it is also encouraged for users to post about topics around GeoServer, such as implementations of projects on top of GeoServer.

If you encounter a security vulnerability in GeoServer please take care to report the issue in a responsible fashion. Do not use the mailing list, go intead to the Jira bug tracker instead and follow the "Responsible disclosure" instructions there.
Please ensure you have read through the post guidelines before sending email to the user list.
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  • Alternate archive from nabble
    If you wish to post using nabble please pay attention to their instructions on subscribing - Nabble is full of frustrated users wondering why we do not reply!
  • Alternate archive from GMane

Developer List

This list is for developers to discuss topics related to GeoServer development. If you're knee deep in the code it's the place to email. Traffic can be high, as we try to make most all conversations public so people know what's going on.

The same post guidelines as the user list apply to the developer list.

IRC

Some GeoServer developers still hang out in the #geoserver channel on Freenode. This can be a place to ask questions and talk directly to developers. However it is not intended to be a live question and answer session. Users are expected to do their research before hand and ask educated questions.

Skype

The most active of GeoServer developers attend a 1 hour bi-weekly Skype call. This call is primarily for project steering committee to discuss day to day project management issues but all developers who are actively engaged in GeoServer development are welcome. If you wish to attend contact the developer list.

This is a suitable venue for responsible disclosure of security issues.