On QGIS 3.2 I add, through the XYZ Tiles tab in the browser, this URL:


All that is displayed when it is added as a layer is a page of postage stamp size (5x5) pictures of the entire world. Moving or zooming simply refreshes the same view of a 5x5 squares of the world. I've tried this a number of ways and all FAIL. Any suggestions would be helpful.

The goal is to have USGS Topo Maps as a base map.

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    Welcome to GIS SE. As a new user, please take the Tour. Please Edit the question to specify each of the ways you have tried, and the exact details about how each failed. – Vince Oct 3 '18 at 1:40

This URL worked for me:


Tile server connection properties:

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The added layer:

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  • services.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/USA_Topo_Maps/…{z}/{y}/{x} Works for me also. I added it thru the XYZ Tiles tab in the Browser. I was trying $(x} and x={x} and did not use type=xyz&url=http.... This time, I just used your exact link above and it came up quickly. Do you know if and how to parameterize the request, say, to start at a certain viewpoint? Have any ideas on how to do the Historic Topos? Thank you very much. Your help is appreciated. – Ed Bradford Oct 3 '18 at 8:34

Did you try loading it as a WMTS layer? In the Data Source Manager, use the WMS/WMTS tab to set it up. Or choose Layer->Add Layer->Add WMS/WMTS Layer. Use the following URL:


  • I did and that worked. Strangly when I add the same thing through the XYZ Tile layer it did not work. Thank you for your excellent help. – Ed Bradford Oct 3 '18 at 8:40
  • Happy to hear it! Feel free to upvote or accept any of the answers that have helped you. :) – Nathan Oct 7 '18 at 5:51
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    Thanks. I upvoted both answers, but I don't yet have enough reputation points for my upvote to show up. Both were timely and useful and fixed my problem. – Ed Bradford Oct 8 '18 at 7:41

You can use QuickMapServices plugin. Just type USA in search field. It will create XYZ provider for you.

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