Build up Rapid OGC® Web Services

XtraServer is a suite for building up high-performance spatial web services complying with the specifications of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®). Currently XtraServer supports Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS).

XtraServer is characterized by:

  • High-performance queries. Many thousand features per second can be reached.
  • Scalability. Databases with millions of spatial features and heavily concurrent queries do not pose a problem.
  • Flexible configuration. Arbitrary GML application schemas can be mapped to very complex database structures.
  • Support for 3-D geometry.
  • Coordinate transformations on the fly. All prevalent Coordinate Reference Systems according to OGP (formerly EPSG) are supported. For transforming selected Coordinate Reference Systems, such as Gauß-Krüger to ETRS89/UTM (and reverse), refined methods are employed  (such as BeTA2007).
  • Flexibly configurable post-processing for deriving other output encodings from GML, such as CSV, KML or Atom (usually based on XSLT) and Shapefile (e.g. employing GDAL).
  • Support for arbitrary character encodings.
  • XtraServer can be deployed on Windows and Linux platforms.


XtraServer/WFS, being an OGC Web Feature Service, makes it possible to query, create, update and delete spatial data over the Internet. The data – filtered by mixed non-geometrical and geometrical query expressions – are normally transported and output as XML documents. The administrator can provide arbitrary Application Schemas of Geography Markup Language (GML) to define the XML format.

Web Feature Services configured with XtraServer/WFS exhibit the following technical traits:

  • OGC®WFS Versions: 1.1.0, 2.0.0 in support to the following extent
    • WFS 1.1.0: transactional (locking)
    • WFS 2.0: Simple WFS, Basic WFS, Transactional WFS, Locking WFS, Inheritance, HTTP GET, HTTP POST, SOAP, Manage Stored Queries. On top of that, XtraServer/WFS supports the request parameter startIndex/count (as a part of the Response Paging) and the response parameter numberMatched.
  • Certified compliancy (recently approved with XtraServer 4.13, Reference Implementation)
    • as Basic WFS with the OpenGIS WFS Specification, Version 1.1.0,
    • as WFS Simple and Basic with WFS 2.0,
    • concerning the generation of GML 3.2.1
  • OGC®Filter Encoding Versions: 1.1.0, 2.0.0
    • The Filter Encoding standards are used to express queries and are fully supported.
    • Conformance Classes FE 2.0: Query, Ad hoc Query, Functions, Resource Identification, Minimum Standard Filter, Standard Filter, Minimum Spatial Filter, Spatial Filter, Minimum Temporal Filter, Temporal Filter, Sorting, Minimum XPath, Schema Element Function
    • Beyond that XtraServer/WFS in filter expressions permits to track xlink:hrefs via XPath when accessing properties and also to apply XPath predicates there, even when using WFS versions prior to 2.0.0.
    • Support of many Functions
  • Implemented operations:
    • WFS 1.1.0: GetCapabilities, DescribeFeature, GetFeature, GetFeatureWithLock, LockFeature, Transaction
    • WFS 2.0: GetCapabilities, DescribeFeature, GetFeature, GetPropertyValue, GetFeatureWithLock, LockFeature, Transaction, CreateStoredQuery, DropStoredQuery, ListStoredQueries, DescribeStoredQueries
  • Output encodings:
    • All GML versions (more than one simultaniously by configuration)
    • Other formats by programmable backend, e.g. based on XSLT or GDAL

Geobasisdaten: © GeoBasis-DE/LGB 2012, GB-W 19/12


XtraServer/WMS is a Web Map Service and provides maps for Internet applications in arbitrary extents, sizes and image formats. The maps can be freely styled according to the SLD OGC® standard (Styled Layer Descriptor). In the context of an Internet application they can be displayed in the Web Browser and can be superposed with other maps – also with ones from other Web Map Servers. The content of features displayed in the maps can be queried.

Web Map Services configured by XtraServer/WMS exhibit the following technical traits:

  • OGC® WMS Versions: 1.1.1  und 1.3.0
  • Certified compliance with OpenGIS WMS specifications, versions 1.1.1 and 1.3.0 (recently approved with XtraServer 4.13, Reference Implementation)
  • OGC®SLD/SE Version: 1.1.0
  • Nearly complete support with some useful extensions, particularly concerning the implemented Functions
  • Available Symbolizers: Point, Line, Polygon, Text.
  • Antialiasing with subpixel Placement
  • Additional ZIndex support. All Symbolizers may carry a ZIndex property, which provides data-driven rendering sequence control.
  • The capabilities concerning filtering and property access correspond to those of the WFS.
  • Integrated WFS accessible and usable.
  • Capable to generate maps fit for tiling by considering the whole geometry when labeling
  • SLD serves as configuration language for vector maps, but is also fully usable from the side of the client.
  • Implemented operations: GetCapabilities, GetMap, GetFeatureInfo, DescribeLayer
  • Image formats:
    • PNG (8 and 32bit), GIF, JPEG
    • PNG and GIF both support transparency
  • Overlay images, e.g. with a copyright notice
  • Information query (GetFeatureInfo):
    • Document encodings: GML and configurable other formats (such as HTML) via XSLT-backend
    • Controlled by the configuration, the returned features need not only comprise the objects identified geometrically. Additionally, accociated objects can be retrieved and returend.
    • Geometrical identification of objects is done on the basis of their displayed shape and not solely by means of their underlying geometry property.


XtraServer supports the Feature Service of the GeoServices REST API in addition to the established interfaces WFS and WMS. This allows for directly using data from XtraServer-based services in prevalent GIS platforms such a ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Desktop. The Feature Service uses JSON and is predestined for applications which are based on simplified application schemas. The REST interface will substantially ease usage and processing of spatial data.

XtraServer/GSFS can apply edits to the database performed by clients which support the capabilities Create, Update and Delete.

Besides vector data the service also publishes portrayal rules and in this way enables clients to directly display the spatial data in a uniform and convenient style.

XtraServer Data Sources

XtraServer can be tied to various data supplying environments. Currently the following data adaptors are supported:

  • Oracle spatial/locator databases accessed over OCI in versions 10g, 11g and 12c (18c scheduled)
  • PostgreSQL databases accessed via libpq in versions 9.2 up to 9.6 with PostGIS in versions 2.1 up to 2.4 (PostgreSQL 10 scheduled)
  • Esri Geodatabase formats for Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS SQL Server accessed via Esri ArcObjects

The data adaptors make XtraServer a versatile web server for complex and discretionary spatial data holdings in a relational database systems.

The delivery of data via the WFS is defined by a GML Application Schema, which can flexibly be mapped to the tables of the database. In the process of mapping the elements of the GML Application Schema are associated with the tables and columns of the databases. Large structural gaps can be bridged doing this. XtraServer schema mapping is a very flexible mechanism, which among other features supports joins, predicates, expressions, mapping of one feature type to more than one table and full usage of SQL.

ArcGIS for Server Edition

In the ArcGIS for Server Edition, XtraServer runs as a server extension of ArcGIS for Server and provides WFS capabilities that are not supported by the standard WFS interface of ArcGIS for Server, for example, support for WFS 2.0 as well as for complex or community schemas.

System requirements

XtraServer is a 64bit application, and it runs typically on actual Linux distributions CentOS, Debian, RedHat, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Ubuntu (installation via RPM/YUM or DEB/APT), and Microsoft Windows®.

XtraServer can run on both physical and virtual machines on the ESX platform (VMware vSphere or ESXi). The exact hardware requirements depend on a variety of factors. An XtraServer service with a simple schema typically requires 1 GB of RAM and 2-10 GB of temporary disk space. For complex schemas, large amounts of data, and multiple XtraServer services on one server, we recommend at least 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and 10-50 GB of temporary disk space.

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