Web Map Service may be accessed through the Datasource Manager.

To add WMS into the Datasource Manager:

  1. Select Datasource Manager from the Tools tab.
  2. Click Add WMS in the Source Browser.



  4. Write a WMS name and URL of the dataset.

    Note: in the WMS URL delete part from question mark to the end of the URL e.g.:

    original: http://wms.ess-ws.nrcan.gc.ca/wms/toporama_en?VERSION=1.1.1&request=GetCapabilities&service=wms

    modified: http://wms.ess-ws.nrcan.gc.ca/wms/toporama_en


  6. Click Get Info button.
  7. Select one of available WMS versions (1.0.0, 1.1.1 or 1.3.0)
  8. Click Save and add a WMS to the map.


WMS is added to a map as shown below:

  1. Select Add Layer from the Layer tab or Map tab.
  2. Select Web Feature Service in the Source Browser.



  4. Select WMS from the Source Browser and select WMS sublayer.
  5. If you have a basemap (Mapbox, Bing, OSM etc.) in the map, adjust projection to EPSG:900913.
  6. Click Select button.


Add password protected WMS

It is possible to add password protected WMS layers in GIS Cloud, but it has to be organized in a way the system can recognize it. Username and password have to be included in the WMS URL and saved in GIS Cloud Source Browser.

  1. Open Map Editor and Source browser.
  2. Click add WMS.
  3. In URL box add WMS URL together with username and password. The URL have to have structure like this:



    • “username” username of the user which has the access to WMS
    • “:” delimiter
    • “password” password of the user which has the access to WMS
    • “@” delimiter
    • “wms_url_example.com” URL of the WMS


    Example of the password protected WMS: http://test:12345@wms.ess-ws.nrcan.gc.ca/wms/toporama_en

  5. Click Get info button.
  6. Save the layer and add it to the map.