I have a GeoServer layer that was generated from a Cassandra database via the GeoMesa api. When I run a WMS query such as the following with changing &TIME parameter values, the openlayers page for each time slice shows the data points correctly for each timestamp:


Now I was hoping I could use the QGIS time manager plugin to vary the time parameters and run these queries in succession to do autoplayback. When I create a connection, and add the layer as WMS/WMTS, the layer is available to TM as "Add raster".

My question is, does the TM plugin call WMS in the way that I am showing in the REST uri above for a raster layer, varying the time parameters, or does it only do this for vector layers?

QGIS 2.14.20, GeoServer 2.12

  • One thing I see in the log is "Could not guess timestamp in raster filename. Cause 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'start' 2018-02-28T09:45:03 0". But the thing is, afterwards, the TM plugin does display the FIRST time slice value correctly for the layer, which makes sense since the layer has a time dimension configured, and is set to "smallest domain value" as the default. So the fact that it displays the first time slice seems to be proof the TM plugin is making the WMS call behind the scenes, even for a raster layer? But how, or is it possible to, have the time parameters populated.ty Feb 28, 2018 at 14:54
  • Is there anyway to turn on debugging for TM in order to see what WMS calls are being made? It seems like the setTimeRestriction() function in wmstlayer.py is adding a TIME parameter to the WMS uri with the altered time parameters entered for the raster layer, but I do not see any data displayed when I click the play button Feb 28, 2018 at 16:13
  • Hmm I printed the dataUrl variable from the setTimeRestriction() function which was: "dataUrl: IgnoreGetFeatureInfoUrl=1&IgnoreGetMapUrl=1& table="" sql=?TIME=2018-01-08T14:40:00Z/2018-01-08T14:46:00Z". I was expecting a WMS URL like what I have posted above, so perhaps this function is not doing what I thought it was as far as a WMS REST call goes Feb 28, 2018 at 17:01
  • WMS are not RESTful
    – nmtoken
    Mar 17, 2018 at 8:01

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Yes, TimeManager does work with GeoServer WMS-T. An example is shown in https://anitagraser.com/2015/08/10/using-timemanager-for-wms-t-layers/.

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I've also used TimeManager successfully with GeoMesa layers in GeoServer. https://anitagraser.com/2017/08/27/getting-started-with-geomesa-using-geodocker/

It is important to use the correct timestamp format. In GeoServer WMS-T, timestamps look like: 2005-08-29T03:10:00Z. (As I understand it, the standard would allow for other formats as well but QGIS/TimeManager do not check the WMS server's capabilities with respect to time settings.)

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