I am new to web mapping and web in general.

I am trying to add the default WMTS Italy mosaic that can be found in GeoServer by default (nurc:mosaic, namely) to my map via Leaflet.

I tried to tweak following code: https://github.com/mylen/leaflet.TileLayer.WMTS

I get the WMTS link simply right clicking on GeoServer's Web Admin page WMTS 1.0.0 and copy the link location. Here it is: http://localhost:8081/geoserver/gwc/service/wmts?REQUEST=GetCapabilities

And here is my code: Demo leaflet.TileLayer.WMTS

var url = "http://localhost:8081/geoserver/gwc/service/wmts?REQUEST=GetCapabilities";

var italy = new L.TileLayer.WMTS( url ,
        layer: 'nurc:mosaic',
        style: "",
        tilematrixSet: "EPSG:4326",
        format: "image/png"
var map = L.map('map').setView([37, 24], 4);


var osm = L.tileLayer('http://{s}.tile.osm.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
    attribution: '&copy; <a href="http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright">OpenStreetMap</a>'

var baseLayers = {
    "ItalyWMTS" : italy,
    "OpenStreetMap": osm


And this is my result: WMTS getCapabilities link from GeoServer inclusion with Leaflet

What am I missing ?

1 Answer 1


I think the issue is projections. You are trying to add an EPSG:4326 tileset (in degrees of latitude and longitude) to a map that is in metres (EPSG:3587). if you zoom in (a lot) near Null Island you should see Italy.

Change the projection of the TileSet to match your map to EPSG:900913, which for historical reasons is what GeoServer calls Web Mercator.

 tilematrixSet: "EPSG:900913",
  • var italy = new L.TileLayer.WMTS( url , { layer: 'nurc:mosaic', style: '', tilematrixset: 'EPSG:900913', format:'image/png' } ); This didn't solve the problem. I also checked if the nurc:mosaic has the EPSG:900913 defined, it has. ( I checked it from the GeoServer's Web Admin Page - Tile Layers - Tile Caching - Gridset, there are gridsets for both EPSG 4326 and EPSG 900913). Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 12:05

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