What is the correct URL to enter in ArcCatalog WFS parameters when adding a WFS layer from GeoServer into ArcMap?

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I am using ArcMap 10.1 and experiencing the same problem described here. When I try to add WFS layers from GeoServer, "Feature Types" is blank. That post says it is a bug with 10.1. However, I added WFS from GeoServer not long ago, so I'm sceptical that the answer is to applicable to 10.2. The only thing that changed was our GeoServer location.

I was able to bring in WFS layers from:


Although that is not GeoServer, I previously had GeoServer WFS working fine.

Here's an image of one URL I tried (which was:


No matter how I change it, no layers are coming up in feature types. There shouldn't be any problem with my WFS layers because I can preview them as WFS through GeoServer.

Adding WFS in ArcMap

  • I just tested this using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop with your service URL and I see the same issue.
    – PolyGeo
    Jan 27, 2014 at 21:01
  • I think when I did this I had to specify the layer in the URL and could only add one at a time
    – tomfumb
    Jan 27, 2014 at 21:12
  • Interesting that it doesn't work at 10.2 either. Thank you very much for checking. Also, I tried using a url to only one layer, but have the same problem.
    – nyoung
    Feb 7, 2014 at 19:18

2 Answers 2


I was able to add the data.

I am using ArcGIS 10.3.1, using the Data Interopability Connection, and I was able to bring in the bugsite feature class.

URL: https://weaveprod.ucdp.utah.edu/geoserver/ows

Parameters: enter image description here

Results: enter image description here


When defining URL try to delete everything after a questionmark i.e. only:


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