I am trying to connect to the following WFS using QGIS:


However this gives me the following QGIS error:

Capabilities document is not valid

error occurred while parsing reference

I am using QGIS version 2.14

Is my URL wrong? I do get information if I open this in my browser.

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    ArcGIS REST is not WFS. Perhaps geodata.nationaalgeoregister.nl/spoorwegen/… or similar might help.
    – BradHards
    Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 11:16
  • Thanks for your response, I found a guide for connecting to ArcGIS rest using a higher version of QGIS. trying that now... Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 11:21
  • QGIS 2.18 crashes when I try to open it as ArcGIS FeatureService layer... this is getting so far off-topic I will start a new question Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 13:07

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Is my URL wrong? I do get information if I open this in my browser.

Well your URL isn't the endpoint for a WFS. You should be able to append the following parameters (service=WFS&request=GetCapabilities&) and get a GetCapabilities response (an XML document) but you don't, see:


  • Thanks for your answer, turns out this is indeed not a WFS endpoint, but an ArcGIS FeatureServer endpoint. QGIS is still struggling with this Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 13:13
  • That's why it's better to use standards
    – nmtoken
    Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 13:17

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