This is the first time I've used QGIS, so bear with me. I have an ArcGISMapServer data source and added one of its layers to the canvas. It doesn't let me customize any of the styles, because I assume QGIS is just pulling down tile images. All of the features have geometry data, so I'd like to extract the polygons into a virtual layer so that I can style them myself. But I'm not sure what query to use.

Is this even possible and, if so, how would I do it?

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I tried this on a whim and it actually worked.

ArcGIS MapServer services can apparently also act as ArcGIS FeatureServer services. I just added an ArcGISFeatureServer using the MapServer URL and it started pulling down polygons instead of tiles.

  • This isn't always the case unfortunately - it depends on how the particular service is configured.
    – ndawson
    Nov 1, 2018 at 7:23

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