So i have been trying to connect the following WFS resource to QGIS 3.4.4.


It connects without problems, lets me add the layer to the map without complaint but the layer is actually empty. When I try to open the attribute table it says "Loading features for layer XY 0%" and never progresses. This relates to the standard AddLayer/WFS tool. I have also tried to add it via the AddLayer/ArcGIS Feature Server tool. since the resource seems to lie on a ArcGIS Server, but it replied with en error message "Failed to retrieve service capabilities: Network error: Error transferring http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/arcgis/services/public/NSW_Cadastre_WFS/MapServer/WFSServer?f=json - server replied: Bad Request"

The resource loads without problems in ArcGIS

  • update: i was able to open the attribute table, everything seems fine here: a few thousand features, each columns field filled with values, etc
    – a.urbanite
    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:30
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    You don't seem to be attempting to connect to the WFS service of that ArcGIS Server. Instead, try maps.six.nsw.gov.au/arcgis/services/public/NSW_Cadastre_WFS/…
    – user2856
    Feb 25, 2019 at 3:24
  • i dont seem to be able to use your link: when i use it QGIS automatically changes it back to the one i posted, both in the standart addWFS tool and in the addArcGISWFS tool
    – a.urbanite
    Feb 25, 2019 at 6:26

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That is not a WFS server, they named their service badly.

What you link to is a ArcGIS MapServer, something like a WMS. I can load its raster layers using Layer -> Add Layer -> Add ArcGIS MapServer Layer.

They do also provide it as WFS though, there is a tiny link at the top of the site which works (apart from being painfully slow) if I add it via Layer -> Add Layer -> Add WFS Layer: http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/arcgis/services/public/NSW_Cadastre_WFS/MapServer/WFSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS


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