I need to find a free satellite WMS which is precise enough to reach a zoom level of 17 minimum. Precision is an important asset in my application.

I am working with Leaflet and I am aware of the existence of this tool. But I am actually looking for users stories about different tools to help me make a choice!

Big companies are not an option. They have changed their billing politics and screwed up my app.

  • Is OpenStreetMap an option? example wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WORLD_OSM_WMS – Mapperz Aug 20 '18 at 21:33
  • Contextualisation of sattelite imagery is really really a plus. For instance, trees coverage can improve my app greatly. Without any sufficient solution, i'll take OSM. – Gilles-Antoine Nys Aug 20 '18 at 22:17
  • What's the coverage you need? A province, a country, worldwide? – IvanSanchez Aug 21 '18 at 7:09
  • Worldwide. Level provided by Bings Maps are good but clouds make the product "less beautiful". – Gilles-Antoine Nys Aug 21 '18 at 7:25
  • @Gilles-Antoine Nys is it mandatory to deploy exactly WMS in your app? Maybe other web map services could be applicable, e.g. TMS Satellite by ESRI would be a nice choice I suppose. – Taras Aug 21 '18 at 9:20

Look at https://qms.nextgis.com/ - this is a great collection of various basemaps and other geodata sources.

Also read FAQ and see REST API documentation.

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  • @Dmitry Baryshnikov looks like this company does not any valid WMS with a worldwide satellite coverage. – Taras Aug 21 '18 at 9:23
  • @TarasDubrava you can add your own service. It's free. – Dmitry Baryshnikov Aug 21 '18 at 11:14

I give users choice I use ESRI, BING, GOOGLE, HERE, MAPBOX and NEARMAP for Satellite Imagery/Orthophotography. Also OpenMapTiles for offline mbtiles. I would NOT use a WMS you want XYZ/TMS Tile Server or WMTS Tile Server. Never use a OGC WMS unless that's the only option. You want data that's tiled 256x256 pixel or multiples of that. Instead of a getmap request that's having to ask the server to build a PNG of that area. (you an speed up WMS with GeoWebCache and other tools that use Tiles to generate the image) http://www.maptiler.org/google-maps-coordinates-tile-bounds-projection/

Other Options include Planet and Digital Globe Satellite Imagery that's a subscription to use. ESRI World Imagery Service is a good option. It does not have API Key as part of URL. http://server.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/World_Imagery/MapServer/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}.png

If your in USA we have NAIP from USGS that's flown every year. https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/NAIP


It's available as WMTS and WMS - see links below. https://basemap.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/rest/services/USGSImageryOnly/MapServer/WMTS/1.0.0/WMTSCapabilities.xml


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