I have set up a QGIS server and I can get to the data it spits out via a WMS connection in QGIS desktop. Now I'm trying to get the same service to display in an OpenLayers 3 map.

Here's the JavaScript I'm trying to use:

var map;

function init(){
    map = new ol.Map({
            view: new ol.View({
            projection: 'EPSG:2966',

    var newLayer = new ol.layer.Image({
        source: new ol.source.ImageWMS({
            url: 'http://localhost/qgis/qgis_mapserv.fcgi.exe',
            params: {'LAYERS': 'Lateral', 'FORMAT':'image/png', 
           'VERSION': '1.3.1'}


Nothing is displayed on the page, and I'm getting a error in the JavaScript console:

TypeError: e is undefined ol.js:56

If I need to post the html let me know, but there isn't much to it.

  • Are you using ol-debug.js or the minified version? You will get more useful error messages from the former. Dec 8, 2014 at 7:25
  • It seems you solve it. What was the issue at the end?
    – ThomasG77
    Dec 8, 2014 at 16:42
  • Switching to ol-debug.js did show that it wasn't getting the projection information it needed, your post showed me how to correct that. Thanks! Dec 8, 2014 at 16:47

1 Answer 1


It seems you do not declare any projection at the beginning of your code, whereas you are using within the view the declaration projection: 'EPSG:2966',

You should first declare

var projection = new ol.proj.Projection({
  code: 'EPSG:2966',
  units: 'ft'

It does not relies on Proj4js, see a previous answer to understand it purpose

You can also visit this official example so see how Proj4js works.

Edit 1:

Where does the 'VERSION': '1.3.1' come? It means that it exists a WMS version 1.3.1 whereas it does not (see the http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wms)

You should use 'VERSION': '1.3.0'. The VERSION parameter manage the x, y axis order.

  • Nope, same result, though I'm sure that this solves the next problem I would have had getting this running. Also, EPSG:2966 is in ft, I assume units: 'ft' is correct, or no? Dec 8, 2014 at 4:01
  • Yup, units should be whatever your projection units are? Dec 8, 2014 at 7:25
  • Corrected in my answer.
    – ThomasG77
    Dec 8, 2014 at 8:54
  • Your WMS version is wrong, see edit in my answer
    – ThomasG77
    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:02
  • The projection fix got the map tools to load, but not my map. That's a separate issue that I'll work on and start a new question if needed. Thanks for your help! I fixed the 1.3.0 as well, 1.3.1 was the version of the Capabilities report QGIS server puts out, the WMS service is still a 1.3.0. Dec 8, 2014 at 16:46

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