Using OpenStreetMap basemaps with QGIS 3.0

QGIS 3 is a new wave of open source GIS, not only is it extremely quick and efficient, allowing you to use almost every type of geospatial data you can throw at it but it also includes a 3D renderer and ways to export your creations straight to the web…and let’s not forget the HUGE amount of tools it comes with out of the box.

BUT it has only been out a couple of days and is missing the good old “Quick Map Tools” which we have all become accustomed to, allowing us to easily bring in OpenStreetMap, Stamen and other background maps with ease. You may have read that you can enable them by using xyz tiles but, if you are like me, this might as well say “stick cheese in your keyboard and twiddle it a little”….as an average GIS user, I have no idea what an xyz tile server is and unless you need one, you probably won’t know either, so good news, I’ve put together a little blog for you to get your services back with ease.

Here’s how:

1 – Go to https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tile_servers

                                                                             Open the OSM wiki

2 – You’ll see that there is a column “tiles url”, these are the xyz tile web addresses you need to make this work.

                                                                               xyz tile addresses

3 – Open QGIS (3.0) and ensure your browser window is open. You will see the xyz tile option about three quarter the way down the list.

                                                                           xyz tile option

 

4 – Select the “new connection” option and, you guessed it, we are going to use the information from the web page and put it into the relevant boxes. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: Ensure you remove the “$” symbols before copy & pasting them over.

5 – Click okay and away you go!

                                                                                          Voila!

 

Now you know how, you can go through the list and add the rest of the services.

Layer xyz web URL
OpenStreetMap’sÿStandard tile layer https://a.tile.openstreetmap.org/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR https://b.tile.openstreetmap.org/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR https://c.tile.openstreetmap.org/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Wikimedia Maps https://maps.wikimedia.org/osm-intl/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OpenCycleMap http://a.tile.opencyclemap.org/cycle/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tile.opencyclemap.org/cycle/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Humanitarian map style http://a.tile.openstreetmap.fr/hot/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tile.openstreetmap.fr/hot/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OSM France http://a.tile.openstreetmap.fr/osmfr/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tile.openstreetmap.fr/osmfr/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://c.tile.openstreetmap.fr/osmfr/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OpenSkiMap http://tiles.skimap.org/openskimap/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OpenSeaMap http://tiles.openseamap.org/seamark/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
waymarkedtrails https://tile.waymarkedtrails.org/hiking/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Cycling routes https://tile.waymarkedtrails.org/cycling/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Hike & Bike http://toolserver.org/tiles/hikebike/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Hillshading http://c.tiles.wmflabs.org/hillshading/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OSM B&W https://tiles.wmflabs.org/bw-mapnik/${z}/${x}/${y}.png or https://a.tiles.wmflabs.org/bw-mapnik/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR https://b.tiles.wmflabs.org/bw-mapnik/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR https://c.tiles.wmflabs.org/bw-mapnik/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OSM no labels https://tiles.wmflabs.org/osm-no-labels/${z}/${x}/${y}.png or https://a.tiles.wmflabs.org/osm-no-labels/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR https://b.tiles.wmflabs.org/osm-no-labels/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR https://c.tiles.wmflabs.org/osm-no-labels/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Stamen Toner http://a.tile.stamen.com/toner/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Stamen Watercolor http://c.tile.stamen.com/watercolor/${z}/${x}/${y}.jpg
Transport Map http://a.tile2.opencyclemap.org/transport/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tile2.opencyclemap.org/transport/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Thunderforest Landscape http://a.tile.thunderforest.com/landscape/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tile.thunderforest.com/landscape/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://c.tile.thunderforest.com/landscape/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
Thunderforest Outdoors http://a.tile.thunderforest.com/outdoors/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tile.thunderforest.com/outdoors/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://c.tile.thunderforest.com/outdoors/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
pnvkarte http://toolserver.org/~cmarqu/hill/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
OpenPtMap http://www.openptmap.org/tiles/${z}/${x}/${y}.png
CartoÿLight (“Positron”) https://cartodb-basemaps-{s}.global.ssl.fastly.net/light_all/{z}/{x}/{y}.png
CartoÿDark (“Dark Matter”) https://cartodb-basemaps-{s}.global.ssl.fastly.net/dark_all/{z}/{x}/{y}.png
OpenRailwayMap http://a.tiles.openrailwaymap.org/standard/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://b.tiles.openrailwaymap.org/standard/${z}/${x}/${y}.png OR http://c.tiles.openrailwaymap.org/standard/${z}/${x}/${y}.png

 

Here is a list so that you can copy and paste them directly 🙂

Dragons8mycat

 

 

 

 

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