I've tried this a few different ways and can't quite get it to work using QGIS's add WMTS layer tool. The URL loads fine in a browser but won't download as a tile in QGIS. I don't have that good an understanding of how this works/ permissions stuff either - I'm not even sure what it means by capabilities. Any advice?

Full error text:

Failed to download capabilities:
Download of capabilities failed: Error transferring (URL)
-server replied: Not Found

Mapbox URL:https://api.mapbox.com/styles/v1/cdickinson11/cjkwiea7n0raq2rp9gvab9hc4/tiles/256/{level}/{col}/{row}@2x?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoiY2RpY2tpbnNvbjExIiwiYSI6ImNqY3J6eDlscTBweHMycXMwcWltbnRiN3MifQ.X68p3M-5wwH3AudbxEYdfw

EDIT: Went back and tried to create a link using this guide from mapbox. Still no luck. New error: not a wms server.

New, homemade link:


  • please provide the url for us to test
    – Ian Turton
    Aug 16, 2018 at 13:08

2 Answers 2


You can use the WMTS endpoint documented at https://www.mapbox.com/api-documentation/#retrieve-a-maps-wmts-document

  • So, I tried that and this is the message I got back. I'm not too familiar with curl, so perhaps I did something wrong? [1] 26799 [2] 26800 [2]+ Done title=true Coreys-MacBook-Pro:~ coreydickinson$ {"message":"Not Authorized - No Token"} [1]+ Done curl Aug 17, 2018 at 11:31
  • Fixed it! Realized I was not typing in things in the right place. Just for reference purposes, could you explain how I could have used curl to solve my problem? Aug 17, 2018 at 12:10
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    Sounds like you didn't put the URL in quotes. Aug 17, 2018 at 22:30

Better off using XYZ instead of WMTS from mapbox


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