I am trying to load WMS layer from geoserver in QGIS. The Error in QGIS is : Failed to Download Capabilities Download of Capabilities failed: Connection Refused

So I went and found this question: Failure to connect QGIS with GeoServer WMS?

but the solution in the first answer when I go to the following link:


I get an XML Parsing Error, how can I fix this error?

XML Parsing Error: not well-formed Location: http://localhost:8080/geoserver/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities Line Number 6244, Column 50:

Ok Update: Some of the sld styles did not have workspaces assigned to them, once they were sorted I still cannot load th WMS in QGIS.

When I load the localhost get capabilities link same as above ^^^

I no longer get the same error message(progress?)

But now the error states: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

  • Download the GetCapabilities into disk with the GetCapabilities URL, open the file with text editor and tell what do you see on line 6244.
    – user30184
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 10:31
  • line 6244: <southBoundLatitude>-34.8977165222168</<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><ServiceExceptionReport version="1.3.0" xmlns="opengis.net/ogc" xmlns:xsi="w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="opengis.net/ogc localhost:8080/geoserver/schemas/wms/1.3.0/exceptions_1_3_0.xsd"> <ServiceException>
    – Dave303
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 10:39
  • In sublime text the first '<' after the Latitude value is highlighted.
    – Dave303
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 10:40
  • There seems to be something wrong with your server. Can you see your layers with the Layer preview demo of your Geoserver?
    – user30184
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 10:50
  • I can preview layers in Geoserver. The instance of geoserver is running in docker if that changes things slightly?
    – Dave303
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 10:53

2 Answers 2


One (or more) of your layers is broken. Goto the global settings menu and change the Service Error Settings from return service exception to skipping misconfigured layers.

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This will now work in QGis but one (or more) layers will be missing. You need to look at why those layers are not working.

  • So it looks like somehow some of my styles 'lost' their workspaces and these were the error layers, am hoping this may fix it. thanks
    – Dave303
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 11:09

I faced the same error too so I change my Z value and M value layers from enabled to disabled, and it works!

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