I'm trying to get a public WFS into my QGIS Desktop (2.18.13) on Windows, so I tried adding an ArcGIS-FeatureServer-Layer and get the prompt:

Couldn't load service properties: :

I noticed, that QGIS is cutting off the URL I'm trying to use:


is cut off to:


If I paste the URL in my Browser, it seems okay, but:

  1. Is QGIS really cutting off URLs?
  2. Is there a way to shorten the URL? (I'm thinking of my Windows Host file or a similar solution)
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    I don't think this has anything to do with length, QGIS is just removing parameters that it intends to add it's self – Ian Turton Oct 6 '17 at 10:22

You can just add it as a standard WFS layer instead of as an ArcGIS MapServer Layer (I'm guessing &SERVICE=WFS is cut out as you're already selecting to load it as a WFS layer):

Layer > Add Layer > Add WFS Layer...

WFS layer



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Another option would be to use a URL shortener such as google's. https://goo.gl/

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