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I spent a long time looking for an example using OpenLayers to call ArcGIS WFS, however, almost none is found... currently the code I wrote is based on the example of GeoServer, however, no feature is returned...

new OpenLayers.Layer.Vector("ArcGIS WFS layer", {
    strategies: [new OpenLayers.Strategy.BBOX()],
    protocol: new OpenLayers.Protocol.WFS({
        version: "1.1.0",
        srsName: "urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:6.9:26912",
            url: "http://XXXX/Geodatabase_SDE/geodataserver/WFSServer?request=getFeature",
        featureType: "TEST_SAMPLE",
        featureNS: "http://XXXX/Geodatabase_SDE/geodataserver/WFSServer",
        geometryName: "Shape"

I am wondering if it's doable in OpenLayers? if so, an example is much appreciated!



<wfs:GetFeature service="WFS" version="1.1.0" xmlns:wfs="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">
  <wfs:Query srsName="EPSG:26912" typeName="feature:TEST_SAMPLE" xmlns:feature="http://XXXX/Geodatabase_SDE/geodataserver/WFSServer">
    <ogc:Filter xmlns:ogc="">
        <gml:Envelope srsName="EPSG:26912" xmlns:gml="">
            447517.58546862 4364229.0103902
            455008.41453138 4384331.9496098

Response XML:

<wfs:FeatureCollection xmlns:Geodatabase_SDE="http://XXXXX/Geodatabase_SDE/GeoDataServer/WFSServer" xmlns:gml="" xmlns:wfs="" xmlns:xlink="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="http://XXXXX/Geodatabase_SDE/GeoDataServer/WFSServer http://XXXXX/Geodatabase_SDE/geodataserver/WFSServer?request=DescribeFeatureType%26version=1.1.0%26typename=TEST_SAMPLE">
    <gml:Envelope srsName="EPSG:26912">
        NaN NaN
        NaN NaN
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Do you have a public facing URL we can test on? – CaptDragon Jan 25 '12 at 14:12
i don't have public accessible WFS. i was looking for one in order to test, but didn't find anything online... – Simon Jan 25 '12 at 14:58
Yeah, i couldn't find a public ArcGIS WFS service either. – CaptDragon Jan 25 '12 at 15:09
up vote 4 down vote accepted

What is the response from the server (the XML that is returned) - does it show any warnings?

Also try setting your srsName to a simpler form such as:

srsName: "EPSG:26912"

I've been through the same (unpleasant) process of configuring OpenLayers and MapServer WFS. There are details at

The most confusing piece was that even if the XML request included the SRS, I also had to pass it as a parameter in the URL:


This may or may not apply to all WFS servers - I'd be interested to know if it is also the case with ArcGIS.

A few other things to check are:

  • is the projection set up on the ArcGIS Server
  • if you run a profiler on your database, what SQL is running - and are the correct bounding boxes being used?
  • what projection is your OpenLayers basemap in? Do you have proj4js added into the web page?

The request looks good, but clearly the repsonse and the NaN (not a number) show something is wrong.

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thanks. I just added the response XML. – Simon Jan 25 '12 at 13:47
@Simon Can you also post the request XML - this should include the bounds sent to the server. – geographika Jan 25 '12 at 14:47
just updated! thanks for your attention. – Simon Jan 25 '12 at 15:04
thanks very much for advice. since it's not me setting up the arcgis server, it may take some time to figure out the projection issue on server...and i assume it's very possible due to that.. i just added VERSION&srsName to URL, not succeed. – Simon Jan 25 '12 at 16:43

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