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I can follow this answer to load a WMS layer to QGIS. I do: Layer -> Add Layer -> Add WMS/WMTS Layer. Then Connect, and Add:

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I get this map:

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to try how it is, I zoom in to Tromsø, as an example:

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compare with openstreetmap.org:

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Mine is rather distorted. This distortion is even more prominent if I zoom in to see individual buildings, and all of them lack right angles:

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On the bottom left corner, I have:

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If I click on it, and try to change it to EPSG:3857:

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I get:

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and the buildings are still distorted.

How can I tell QGIS Desktop to open the WMS layer so that the map looks the same as it looks on openstreetmap.org?


EDIT 1:

If I select EPSG:3857 when adding the WMS layer:

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I get:

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EDIT 2:

If I tried to add https://tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png as an XYZ layer, suggested by this answer, I get part of the world map:

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but somehow the southern hemisphere and part of the northern one is missing, and the coordiantes are wrong: somehow QGIS thinks that (0,0) coord is somewhere between Jan Mayen and Mainland Norway. See the location of my cursor and the coordinate displayed on the bottom.

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    Select EPSG:3857 already when you add the layer from WMS.
    – user30184
    Feb 10, 2022 at 18:18
  • Thank you! I tried, see the Edit part to see what I got.
    – zabop
    Feb 10, 2022 at 19:34
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    Set your QGIS project to EPSG:3857 as well.
    – user30184
    Feb 10, 2022 at 20:52

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The openstreetmap.org loads the tiles based on an XYZ format tile url, which follows this pattern

https://tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png

eg. https://tile.openstreetmap.org/15/23367/14571.png This is what appears on inspecting the openstreetmap.org website.

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Try loading these as XYZ tiles in QGIS instead of WMS or WMTS.

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Edit:1 It should appear like as shown in the screenshot below with origin near the cyan circle

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  • Good suggestion, +1, it almost works. Unfortunately, it does not; I edited my post to explain what's wrong when I follow this path.
    – zabop
    Feb 10, 2022 at 21:59
  • Set the CRS to EPSG:4326 again and check as I see your CRS is set to 3857 right now. I have updated my response with screenshot of how it should look like when zoomed out. In case you are not getting the same output, create a new project in QGIS and add the layer again or may be try to re-install QGIS
    – Abhilshit
    Feb 10, 2022 at 22:45
  • Tried to make this work, unfortunately I still couldn't, more details are in this question.
    – zabop
    Feb 12, 2022 at 18:05
  • I could make this work on a GCP VM, so problem is only with my computer, thanks for the good answer.
    – zabop
    Feb 14, 2022 at 8:46
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Or just install QuickMapServices plugin and use several backgrounds without scratching your head :).

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