I've installed QGIS 3 today. I found the xyz tiles option and have added e.g. google, openstreet, and ESRI Topo. These all work and show the map. Now I'm looking for a topo map, so ESRI topo is a nice starting point. Unfortunately I find it a bit blurry on the font, and the lines a bit to light.

Does someone know working XYZ topo entries? I can find some XYZ tile servers for topo, but they are often not downloading tiles


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    ahh thanks, you corrected my url for it. Mine was wrong. Mar 15, 2018 at 11:55
  • @Edgar - Most welcome! Hope it provides a clear-enough map :)
    – Joseph
    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:59
  • Yep. I also made a free thunderforest account. Trying to get that one running now too (works with an API) Mar 15, 2018 at 12:15
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    @Edgar - The Thunderforest URL would be something like https://{s}.tile.thunderforest.com/landscape/{z}/{x}/{y}.png?apikey=YOUR_API_KEY. Just remove {s}..
    – Joseph
    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:26
  • Yep so it is. I hadn't time to post that here back yet. Mar 16, 2018 at 13:25

Try also the mapy.cz XYZ tiles.

The thread is here:


The link to the topographic "Outdoor" version is here:


It works perfectly. Sometimes you can encounter labels in the Czech language, but it's a minor problem.

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My favorite XYZ topo server is ESRI's World Hillshade, which is not included in Klas Karlsson's popular python script.


I recommend setting the blending mode to "multiply" (which effectively makes the white pixels transparent) - this looks great as an overlay (as described here).

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