XYZ Tiles

QGIS allows you to load map tiles through the XYZ Tiles service option. You can read more about the XYZ Tiles service here:

To add map tiles to your QGIS document, follow these steps:

Step 1: Find the “XYZ Tiles” option in your document’s Browser

Step 2: Right-click on the “XYZ Tiles” option and select the first option, “New Connection…”

Step 3: In the pop-up, paste in a name and URL of the tile service you want to import

After completing the steps above and hitting “OK” in the pop-up window – new imagery will load in your QGIS document.

Here is a list of freely-available tile services, along with a screenshot of what the imagery looks like in QGIS.. note that some of these services and imagery have license restrictions:


ArcGIS World Imagery{z}/{y}/{x}

Google Maps Default{x}&y={y}&z={z}

Google Satellite{x}&y={y}&z={z}

Google Satellite Hybrid{x}&y={y}&z={z}

Google Terrain{x}&y={y}&z={z}

Google Roads v2{x}&y={y}&z={z}

Google Roads v1{x}&y={y}&z={z}

Stamen Watercolor{z}/{x}/{y}.jpg

Stamen Toner{z}/{x}/{y}.png

ESRI Satellite{z}/{y}/{x}

ESRI Streets{z}/{y}/{x}

ESRI Topographic{z}/{y}/{x}

Carto Positron{z}/{x}/{y}.png

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