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I cannot add the below map server (Middle_East_Oil_and_Gas_Field_Map_by_CIA (WMTS) to qgis through add WMS/WMTS layer.

A connection will not be made to the following URL.

URL: https://tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/ULBqC49IEeIR01GF/arcgis/rest/services/Middle_East_Oil_and_Gas_Field_Map_by_CIA/MapServer?view=wmtsview&cacheKey=aec62228d3e2389d

What am I doing wrong?

QGIS version 2.18.26

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    This is no WMS-server, it's an online-map.
    – Erik
    Jan 31, 2019 at 17:15
  • @Erik It is a WMTS and works in ArcGIS online.
    – neogeomat
    Jan 31, 2019 at 18:13
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    Not with that url it isn't
    – Ian Turton
    Jan 31, 2019 at 18:47
  • I thought I found my answer here but I am having a problem with a similar tiles.arcgis.com location. I apologize if I am not following format but I offer another solution at the end and would appreciate any help with the following MapServer as none of the above solutions worked. The the following URL is what I am having trouble loading in QGIS 3.4. tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/pDAi2YK0L0QxVJHj/arcgis/rest/services/… If I add the previous link to QGIS 3.4 as a ArcGISMapServer Connection the image comes in but is all blurry, pixelated, stretched, and only seen thi Feb 25, 2019 at 19:37

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You can use this url as WMTS service in QGIS:

https://tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/ULBqC49IEeIR01GF/arcgis/rest/services/Middle_East_Oil_and_Gas_Field_Map_by_CIA/MapServer/WMTS/1.0.0/WMTSCapabilities.xml?cacheKey=aec62228d3e2389d
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  • That is some black magic. How did you do that? Can you please refer me to any kind of reference where I can get more about rewriting the URL in such smart way?
    – Taras
    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:35
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    If you shorten the original url to tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/ULBqC49IEeIR01GF/arcgis/rest/services in a browser, you will find the ArcGIS Services Directory. There you can navigate to the correct layer and find a link to the WMTS service. Feb 1, 2019 at 10:51
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You can add the map as "XYZ Tiles" layer using the following URL:

https://tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/ULBqC49IEeIR01GF/arcgis/rest/services/Middle_East_Oil_and_Gas_Field_Map_by_CIA/MapServer/WMTS/tile/1.0.0/Middle_East_Oil_and_Gas_Field_Map_by_CIA/default/default028mm/{z}/{y}/{x}.png

Notice the variables {z}, {y}, {x} at the end.

I checked it using QGIS 3.4, but should also work with 2.18. See this video.

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