I have the task to provide my point observations data in the "WFS 2.0" (Web Feature Service 2.0) standard format.

Are there any free, easy-to-use, desktop GIS clients or online viewers for showing and querying my WFS 2.0 layers?

I have only found the "QGIS WFS 2.0 Client plugin"

Do any other popular free GIS viewers (Kosmo, MapWindow, ArcGIS explorer..) have support for showing and querying WFS 2.0 web feature service?

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The QGIS client plugin is a good one - I was able to access the features of WFS without issue.

ArcGIS has an interoperability connections feature that must be enabled by a user with administrator access first however I didn't try to get this working as the license is 2.5K and I don't have that license

OpenLayers supports WFS as does GRASS - I found that info here

EDIT: additionally you can access your WFS from your browser as XML-ish data by following this arcGIS tutorial


QGIS 2.16 brings an overhaul of the WFS provider, including

  • WFS 1.1 and 2.0 support

Source: http://qgis.org/pl/site/forusers/visualchangelog216/index.html#id96


spatialite_gui: https://www.gaia-gis.it/fossil/libspatialite/wiki?name=WFS


  • WFS 1.0.0, 1.1.0 and 2.0.0 seemingly.

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