Frequently Asked Questions about QMS

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Q: What’s QuickMapServices?
A: QuickMapServices (QMS) is an open catalog of geodata sources and a way to add them to your GIS in one click (read more).

Q: What is the goal of QMS?
A: To make geospatial services more accessible.

Q: Why add services to QMS?
A: To easily find them and plug-in to your GIS project. Literally in just few clicks.

Q: Can I add services to GIS without QMS?
A: Sure! But you’ll have to enter cumbersome links and parameters.

Using a service

Q: How do I use one of the services from QMS?
A: Search and add it in your GIS. Currently there are clients for QGIS, ArcGIS and NextGIS Mobile.

Q: What kind of data I will get by using one of QMS services?
A: This depends on a service. Through QMS you can get access to vector data, basemaps and rasters.

Adding a service

Q: What kind of services I can add to QMS?
A: You can add:

Q: What are minimum needs to add a service?
A: You’ll need to provide a correct service url at the very least.

Q: All these abbreviations mean absolutely nothing to me, can I still add a service?
A: Unfortunately, not at this point, you’ll need to learn the basics first.

Q: Ok. I’ve found a website with a map a like and copied it’s link, can I use it?
A: Most probably not, links copied from browsers address bar are typically not service links that you can use with QMS.

Q: What do correct service links look like?
A: Here are few examples and their particular features:

Q: I’ve seen services links that are different from examples above, are there other examples?
A: Yes, there are lots of varieties and service link can look very differently. Just browse QMS clicking on service type and see what kind of links other services show.

Start with the ones down below.

Q: How do I check that my service is OK?
A: Find it through a client and add to see the data on a map. In QGIS you can use QuickMapServices plugin.

Fixing a service

Q: I’ve found service, but it doesn’t work, how do I fix it?
A: Use ‘report a problem’ form.

Every service has it’s author (maintainer, submitter). Use the form to let the submitter know that the service is broken. Provide information how to fix it.

Q: I’ve notified service maintainer about problem and provided solution, but maintainer is not reacting, what can I do?
A: If maintainer doesn’t reply for a long time – create a new service (you’ll become it’s maintainer). Old incorrect service will gradually be removed.