I was wondering if anyone knows of a free WMS of imagery that I could use within QGIS. The imagery does not have to be high resolution (Blue Marble even). I would like to have a base imagery feed from a WMS.

Any help would be appreciated.



You didn't specify which topic your WMS Feed should cover, but have a look a the website mapmatters.org. They have a very extensive database with WMS servers connections that you can query.

Also the Openlayers plugin provides nice background images from Google Maps, Bing & Co.

  • ideally, I would like to have a WMS imagery feed that covers the whole globe. But at a minimum, North America would be great. Feb 18 '13 at 15:48

As Curlew stated in their answer, up the openlayers plugin. between bing mapping and google maps on this you basically have most areas with aerial photography.

i asked previous

Digitizing from OpenLayers Plugin in QGIS, or create raster?

See this for saving the images and removing the need to load the entire globe.


You may use the USGS WMS:

Here are the links for their aerial 1ft and 1m service (note, sometimes they are down):

The National Map - Service Endpoints

* USGS 1 foot imagery - http://raster.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/Orthoimagery/USGS_EROS_Ortho_1Foot/ImageServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

* USGS 1 meter imagery - http://raster.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/services/Orthoimagery/USGS_EROS_Ortho_NAIP/ImageServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS


You can get various WMS imagery layers for British Columbia (landsat, spot, ortho) from DataBC. You didn't specify a geographic location.

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