By David Crowther
What is causing the ‘Waiting to Start’ message in the GeoServer Command Shell?
If GeoServer fails to start, the likely reason is incompatibility between the GeoServer installation version and JAVA.
Even if you install GeoServer correctly and it states that there is a valid Java Runtime Environment (JRE), GeoServer may still fail to startup.
If this occurs, follow these steps:
- Uninstall GeoServer
- Uninstall JAVA
- Find a valid Java install that is compatible with GeoServer. For example when installing GeoServer 2.15.1
- I use this Java installer:
- Re-install JAVA using the compatible JRE
- Re-install GeoServer
- Start the Service
- Your GeoServer Web Admin Page should now successfully open
Here is a related FAQ - https://www.cadlinecommunity.co.uk/hc/en-us/articles/360000301317-GeoServer-HTTP-ERROR-503