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I am using JMP 9, which supports WMS maps (as a client), but it doesn't seem to be working now.

Is there a web based, or small install GIS client on which I can test a WMS URL?

[To clarify, I was looking for something that would help me find out the correct querystring parameters to send, as the service I was hoping to use did not specify them]


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Try to check your WMS with the firefox plug-in - "WMS Inspector" -

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This addon does not seem to work with recent versions of Firefox – tofarr Feb 5 at 17:33
Sorry, I'm not the author. It's what I used 4 yrs ago. – Vadim Feb 6 at 17:45

You can use WMS Viewer On Line

It does exactly what you talk about. You enter URL and layer name and you see the map, its legend and the GetCapabilities command.

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It is unclear whether you are interested in testing whether JMP9 can consume a WMS properly, or whether it can act as a WMS server.

If you want to test if your software can act as a WMS client, you can point it to a service like one of the services at MassGIS:

If you want to test if your software can act as a WMS Server, you can simply make a WMS request to your software from a Web Browser. Using a desktop client like QGIS would even be easier.

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Hi David. I am hoping to see that it works properly as a client. It takes 2 inputs, the URL and the Layers list, and I think it sends the BBOX and size parameters automatically. Getting a hang of the proper querystring parameters now. Will check out the massgis site. Thx – Neil McGuigan Sep 28 '10 at 1:00
Take a look at this page:… It gives you a pretty good primer on how to start with one of their WMS services. – DavidF Sep 28 '10 at 16:13
I don't know how JMP implements it's WMS client, but for an application like QGIS or ArcGIS, you specify the WMS base URL, like The software then sends a getCapabilities request to determine available layers, available protocol versions, what spatial reference system the layers are available in, etc. The software then allows you to select one of the advertised layers and add it to your map. The software then handles all of the getMap requests for the images. – DavidF Sep 28 '10 at 16:17
That URL is dead now. – Steve Bennett Apr 10 at 3:12
@SteveBennett It looks like they changed websites in 2011. I have updated the link. – Kelly Thomas Apr 10 at 5:42

A quick and easy way to do this would be using jsfiddle. You can just load the javascript mapping library of your choice and do a let more than just test the WMS URL.

This is using Leaflet. Just replace the WMS url with your own and click 'Run'

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uDig has worked for me in the past:

uDig is an open source (EPL and BSD) desktop application framework, built with Eclipse Rich Client (RCP) technology.

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That's not a web site. – Steve Bennett Apr 10 at 3:13

I use Gaia:

Gaia is a platform designed for advanced geospatial network and SDI needs. Based on the CarbonTools PRO open-geospatial development toolkit, this viewer can access an array of geospatial sources such as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Filter Encoding (FE), services such as Microsoft Bing Maps, Yahoo! Maps and OpenStreetMap (OSM), as well as file formats such as ESRI Shapefiles, Google Earth KML/KMZ, DXF, MIF, Geography Markup Language (GML) and GML Simple Features (GMLsf).

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I use Gaia as well can be found via searching the Carbon Project – CDBrown Sep 27 '10 at 23:54
That URL is dead now. – Steve Bennett Apr 10 at 3:12

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