I am very new to GIS.

I am trying to display a map on a website using leaflet.

The map I want to display is hosted from an arcGIS server here:


This page lists a number of different interfaces, including WMS. The link to WMS info on the site has an error in it, but can be retrieved here: http://ags.gis.iastate.edu/ArcGISServer/services/Ortho/andreas/ImageServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS

I have a web page set up on the model of the leaflet quickstart guide (leafletjs.com/examples/quick-start.html) And that was displaying the map of London as expected.

I then found documentation on the leaflet L.tileLayer.wms function which gave this example

var nexrad = L.tileLayer.wms("http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/cgi-bin/wms/nexrad/n0r.cgi", {
    layers: 'nexrad-n0r-900913',
    format: 'image/png',
    transparent: true,
    attribution: "Weather data © 2012 IEM Nexrad"

based on this, I substituted information from the ags.gis.iastate.edu wms capabilities sheet (linked above) and added the addTo(map) as below

var andreas = L.tileLayer.wms("http://ags.gis.iastate.edu/arcgisserver/services/Ortho/andreas/ImageServer/WMSServer", {
    layers: '0',
    format: 'image/png',
    transparent: true,
    attribution: "Andreas atlas © Iowa DNR"

[note I also tried transparent: false]

Result: nothing.

Can anyone point out what is probably a very obvious error, or lack of understanding on my part?

  • I think the Issue is due to the spatial reference of the web service being EPSG:26915 Leaflet usualy expects the map to be in EPSG:3857, and ArcGIS doesn't understand that particular code. They have a different code for Web Mercator. Anyway, based on the response of the WMS GetCapabilities, the service supports only EPSG:3857 in addition to the native projection. Sep 4, 2013 at 3:49
  • Okay, thanks for that, Devdatta. I really like the attitude (less is more) and clarity of Leaflet, but maybe I will look at OpenLayers to see if it can handle the EPSG:26915 projection. Sep 4, 2013 at 14:10

2 Answers 2


Your piece of code seems to be good in theory. As I used arcGIS/Leaflet in exactly the same way.

But the problem could come from missing spatial reference (or maybe incorrect format (image/png or image/jpeg).

For the spatial reference, here is how Leaflet works :

  • Leaflet expects default spatial reference : EPSG:3857 / WGS84
  • But you can change it by an other one with JS plugin like Proj4leaflet by Kartena.

It's really easy and helpful. Works like this (for EPSG:3006) :

You define your new crs

// SWEREF99 TM (EPSG:3006) with map's pixel origin at SWEREF99 TM coordinate (0, 0)
var crs = new L.Proj.CRS('EPSG:3006',
  '+proj=utm +zone=33 +ellps=GRS80 +towgs84=0,0,0,0,0,0,0 +units=m +no_defs',
    resolutions: [
      8192, 4096, 2048, 1024, 512, 256, 128
    origin: [0, 0]

And include it in your map :

var map = new L.Map('map', {
    crs: crs

You can find Spatial References here.


Make sure to set the right srs like in the following example where EPSG 4326 is being used. This depends if the service is able to use 4326.

   var government = L.tileLayer.wms('xxx', {
        layers: 'layer_id',
        format: 'image/png',

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