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I am using QField on an Android tablet, I would like to know if I could use a web mapping service like open street map as a base map. Without having the actual file stored on the tablet?

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QField supports many map sources as backend, file, database and web-based like WMS and WMTS.

Among these supported formats is the Tile Server (XYZ) provider. This can be used to integrate maps like OSM and others. See this answer for how to integrate this into your QGIS project.

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  • Hello Matthias Kuhn ... is the answer above still the appropriate method for including XYZ tile access in QField? I have ebcountered problems with my projects leveraging this capacity that had been working well in the past. Have further detailed some of the issue here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/265820/… – guestagain Jan 10 '18 at 2:59
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You can use a Web Map Service set up in your QGIS project which is then packaged up with 'QField_Sync' plugin.

  • but this method doesn't give the best result in qfield. it gives an error wich says "some layers couldn't be loaded" or something like this. – zakaria mouqcit Aug 11 '17 at 11:31
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Do you know QuickMapsServices plugin fort QGIS? This plugin provide more than 500 base maps (OpenStreetMap too).

The QMS service also integrated with NextGIS Mobile (a QField alternative). See documentation about how to add base map: http://docs.nextgis.com/docs_ngmobile/source/load_geodata.html#creating-raster-layer-from-external-geoservice

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