Feature request #9098

Offer a global OSM TMS as default map services

Added by Noone Noone over 8 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

Category:Data Provider
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Easy fix?:No Copied to github as #:17743


More and more novice users join GIS even due to open data (encouraged citizens...datajournalists) and QGIS is one of the few open solutions to view and analyse geodata. A very first bad impression is, that they need to find a provider for a background-layer, to get a global orientation of their data and to check if it's projection is ok.

Thus, I recommend to add a list of global TMS/WMTS to QGIS to improve user experience. This might need further discussions on the server policies before you add a server to the list http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/TMS So people don't have to understand about all kind of protocols, find a service that suites also for their area etc.


#1 Updated by Antonio Locandro over 8 years ago

Have you tried the openlayers plugin? Are you looking for something similar?

#2 Updated by Noone Noone over 8 years ago

Basically yes. But IMHO we need to focus esp. beginners to GIS that just want to work with data. The consequence would be: it need to be easy and straight forward. (so adding a plugin, choosing a provider, ... seems to be no option).

What would be great is a list of some TMS servers, that can be added using the WMS dialog. Sadly WMTS doesn't seem to be TMS that is even confusing for me as mapper :/

#3 Updated by Otto Dassau over 8 years ago


as a first step we could add some global WMS/WMTS into the documentation and/or the new training manual. It would be great, if you provide some more, that from your point of view are useful? As an example:

Several free OpenStreetMap Layers are available here:


#4 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 5 years ago

  • Easy fix? set to No

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