QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (2024)

19 December 2016

There are so many geodata services around. And we all want them to be available at the tip of our fingers, without having to memorize URLs, parameters, etc.

Almost two years ago we rolled out QuickMapServices (QMS) – a new handy QGIS plugin with a dozen preset basemaps, easily expandable to three times more by downloading a contributed pack.

QMS for QGIS was downloaded 130.000 times, but our vision for QMS has always been even more ambitious, so now we’re bringing you hundreds of geoservices! And not just basemaps but also WMS/WFS services and even simple server-hosted GeoJSON files.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s new.


QMS now has its own website – qms.nextgis.com.

Here you can search for and browse through all available geoservices and check out their details, as well as add new ones and report problems. The website is a place to get important information about QMS.

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But most importantly, the website is the place to ….

… add your service!

Github is not the best placeto crowd-source data, and for a long time we wanted to simplify adding of new services.

From now on, to get your service available for everyone everywhere follow 2simple steps:

  1. Register or log in
  2. Click‘Add service‘ and fill ashort form

That’s all! No waiting, no moderation. The service you’ve added will immediately become available wherever QMS API is supported (QGIS, NextGIS Mobile, nextgis.com, etc.).

New service will become ‘yours’ and you will be able to edit it in the future.

Public API

Do you develop applications where user would like to get access to dozens of different basemaps and/or other data services? QMS now has documented public APIwhich provides access to all of its catalog.

For example, simple https://qms.nextgis.com/api/v1/geoservices/?type=tmsrequest will get you all available basemaps.


For abetter support of new features we’re releasing next version of QuickMapServices QGIS plugin. This is a relatively minor release but it includes some important features:

  1. New tool for Search QMS
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  2. New improved services search list
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  3. While search baris empty, last 5used services will be shown for quick accessQuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (4)
  4. Thanks to MatzFan, QMS now supports custom tiling grids. Note that this support is experimental and we will continue polishing it, taking into consideration new QGIS abilities to render XYZ.

Check out the changelog for more information.

ArcQMS – QMS for ArcGIS

One of the question we’re often asked is how can we get something like QMS in Arc universe. Today we’re releasing ArcQMS – the plugin for ArcGIS that provides early support for some of QMS resources, namely TMS basemaps.

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Overall, this is a big release for us and we hope you enjoy it.

Also, you can learn more about QuickMapServices from this presentation:

Let us know what you think and please contribute services!

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12 responses to “QuickMapServices – from plugin to service for everyone”

  1. 24 December 2016 at 9:25

    While most tile services provide base map tiles, which are not transparent by nature, some tile servers, such as ” Public Transport Lines – OV-Linien – openptmap.org” (https://qms.nextgis.com/geoservices/667/) provide transparent tiles.

    It would be useful to add information about tile transparency to the catalog and make this available using the API.

  2. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (8)louis says:

    19 January 2017 at 20:20

    Hi, is there a way to be able to use the code for google road map on a python plugin that loads layers as a basemap?

    • 19 January 2017 at 20:31

      If I understood your request correctly, search for TMS you need here: http://qms.nextgis.com and learn from the QMS plugin code how to use TMS provider.

  3. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (10)Catalina Munteanu says:

    8 March 2017 at 16:57

    This plugin is great, thanks! I used it A LOT, and only now learned that it is NEXTGIS production 🙂
    One question: is there a way to find the date when the the imagery was aquired in Bing/Google/Yandex?
    Merci, Catalina

    • 8 March 2017 at 17:31

      Hi Catalina, nice to hear from you. I’m glad QMS is working for you.

      Unfortunately QMS is not the tool to get image dates. It’s function is to connect user and services, it doesn’t know anything about actual content the service provides.

  4. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (12)Семен says:

    19 December 2019 at 3:09

    QuikMapservects не загружается . Выводит ошибку.Где скачать плагины?

    • 23 December 2019 at 16:24

      Модули – Управление модулями

  5. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (14)Soleiman says:

    6 April 2020 at 12:24

    Добрый день! как убрать из карты водяной знак API Key Required?

  6. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (15)Giuseppe Procino says:

    21 April 2020 at 12:21

    your plugin is wonderful. It’s work fine on qGIS 3.4 but I need it on ArcGIS too.
    I installed the plugin ArcQMS plugin on ArcGIS 10.2.2 and windows 10 but when I search and add a services the image of layer is always blank.
    Could you tell me please the sw requirement for use this plug-in? Which versions of ArcGIS and Windows are supported?

    thank you in advance.
    Giuseppe P.

  7. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (16)ZAAG says:

    19 May 2020 at 17:55

    I didn’t fin google satellite can you help me

  8. QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (17)ZAAG says:

    19 May 2020 at 17:55

    I didn’t find google satellite can you help me plse

QuickMapServices - from plugin to service for everyone (2024)


How to use QuickMapServices plugin? ›

Install the QuickMapServices plugin. Click on Web ► QuickMapServices. The first menu lists different map providers ( OSM , NASA ) with available maps. Click on an entry and you would load the base map into your project.

How to use QMS QGIS? ›

Open the plugin's search tab by clicking on Web ‣ QuickMapServices ‣ Search QMS. This option of the plugin allows you to filter the available base maps by the current extent of the map canvas. Click on the Filter by extent and you should see one service available. Click on the Add button next to the map to load it.

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Go to Layout-> Add a Map. Once the Add map button is active, hold the left mouse and drag a rectangle where you want to insert the map. You will see that the rectangle window will be rendered with the map from the main QGIS canvas. You can see in the far right end the Items box; this shows you the map you just added.

How to install Google Maps plugin in QGIS? ›

QGIS: Installing Google Maps Plugin
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  2. Search for OpenLayers in the search bar of the new dialogue window. Select Install.
  3. Go to Web > OpenLayers plugin > Google Maps > Google Satellite. ...
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Here are the steps you have to follow to:
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How does QMS work? ›

A quality management system (QMS) is a collection of business processes and procedures which aims to ensure that the quality of products or services meets - or exceeds - customer expectations. Such systems are typically repeatable and measurable, and rely on continuous improvement.

How do I set up QMS? ›

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Why use QMS software? ›

QMS help you achieve consistent quality by ensuring that raw materials, components and final products meet your specifications. Manufacturing processes are continuously monitored and improved, and any production issues are investigated and addressed before they escalate.

How do I add a map service in QGIS? ›

Using Web Services in QGIS
  1. Download and install QGIS.
  2. Retrieve the WMS URL for the service you want to use from it's REST endpoint. ...
  3. In QGIS, click the "Add WMS/WMTS Layer" button in the 'Layers' toolbar.
  4. From the dialog select the 'New' button.
  5. Enter a name for the connection and the service's WMS URL, then click 'OK'.

How to activate a map in QGIS? ›

toolbar button in the Print Composer toolbar to add the QGIS map canvas. Now, drag a rectangle onto the Composer canvas with the left mouse button to add the map. To display the current map, you can choose between three different modes in the map Item Properties panel: Rectangle is the default setting.

How do I deploy a plugin in QGIS? ›

You can publish your plugin in official QGIS Plugin repository. Plugin must fulfill basic requirements (GNU GPL license, documentation included). You can upload the plugin at https://plugins.qgis.org/accounts/login/?next=/plugins/add/. Note that it can take few days when your plugin will be approved by the moderators.

What is the URL for QGIS Plugins? ›

They are stored either in the 'Official' QGIS Repository at https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/ or in external repositories and are maintained by the individual authors.

How do I install all Plugins in QGIS? ›

To install or activate a plugin, go to Plugins ‣ Manage and install plugins.... Installed external python plugins are placed under ~/. qgis2/python/plugins folder. Home directory (denoted by above ~ ) on Windows is usually something like C:\Documents and Settings\(user) (on Windows XP or earlier) or C:\Users\(user) .

How do I run a QGIS plugin? ›

To install or activate a plugin, go to Plugins ‣ Manage and install plugins.... Installed external python plugins are placed under ~/. qgis2/python/plugins folder. Home directory (denoted by above ~ ) on Windows is usually something like C:\Documents and Settings\(user) (on Windows XP or earlier) or C:\Users\(user) .

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Installing Plugins

Any time you want to install a new plugin, go to Edit > Preferences and click on the Plugins tab. If you don't see a list of available plugins, click Download List. To install a plugin you simply must check the box next to it and click OK at the bottom.


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