We have a WMS on Geoserver (version 2.6.1) which we are using to view in QGIS. For some reason when importing to QGIS it defaults to World Mollweide (EPSG:54009). The process is as follows:

Add connection:

Add WMS connection to QGIS

With the path http://www.ga.gov.au/geophysics-rockpropertypub-gws/ga_rock_properties_wms/ows

WMS Connection Settings

This gives us all our WMS Layers:

QGIS Browser with WMS Layers

And if we add a couple:

Legend with gamma short spaced density and dry bulk density

We get a strange projection for the project:

Project coordinate system

If we look at the properties of the gamma short spaced density layer

Layer properties of gamma short spaced density

It too has defaulted to World Mollweide. The layer source string is as follows:


So what is the reason for this? We want the default to be EPSG:4326 at the minimum, although we would prefer EPSG:4283. How can we fix this? Is it a problem with QGIS or the WMS?

2 Answers 2


Adding the WMS from the "Add Layer(s) from a WM(T)S Server" button in QGIS Desktop will let you set the CRS for the layer added.

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  • Thanks. That's the best solution. Apparently a fix to the drag-and-drop method is coming in QGIS 2.8.
    – Michael
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 23:09
  • This solution worked for me as well. I was using the drag-and-drop option in 2.6 and it always defaulted to the first supported EPSG in GetCapabilities list.
    – bjmarra
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 15:08

Base layer crs

If you click on the Globe icon and change your base crs to EPSG:4326, it should change the default CRS whenever you add a new layer

  • I have found that simply changing the project coordinate system forces reprojecting of the tiles coming from Geoserver, so the image doesn't look very good... Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 22:25

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