About this Project

This document provides guidelines to install, configure, use and customise the GeoNetwork opensource software.

The GeoNetwork project started out 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.

The project is part of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and can be found at GeoNetwork opensource.


License Information


The GeoNetwork opensource software is released under the GPL v2 license and can be used and modified free of charge.


Documentation is released under a Creative Commons license with the following conditions.

You are free to Share (to copy, distribute and transmit) and to Remix (to adapt) the documentation under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute GeoNetwork opensource documentation to GeoNetwork opensource developers.
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With the understanding that:

  • Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
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Notice: For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

You may obtain a copy of the License at Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

The document is written in reStructuredText format for consistency and portability.

Author Information

The documentation was written by the GeoNetwork opensource Developers and other community members. The basis for the reStructuredText based documentation is based on the work done by the GeoServer project and the Sphinx framework.

If you have questions, found a bug or have enhancements, please contact us through the GeoNetwork opensource Development Mailing list at