Access vector data layers under QGIS or any other OGC service client environment

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Use OGC Services

The WMS/WFS Flow service offered by CH-OSM provides direct access to vector data layers under QGIS or any other OGC service client environment. These services are referenced in an Isogeo catalogue, offering a single point of contact, a search interface and metadata consultation. OGC services are available at the following URL:
WMS 1.3.0:

WFS 2.0.0:

Use in QGIS


To add a CH-OSM WMS/WMTS or WFS layer in QGIS

  • Click on LayerAdd LayerAdd WMS/WMTS Layer… or Add WFS Layer… (just below).
  • In the new window, click on the “New” button, to establish a new connection.
  • Chose a name for you connection and copy-paste the previous URL from the OCG section. Click “OK” to create the connection.

Use in uMap


To use a WFS stream in uMap, you can create a map in uMap. Click on the button and Add a layer. In the Layer properties, select Remote data and fill in for example the following URL for the swiss hospitals:

Finally chose geojson format in the Format dropdown menu (just below the URL field). Click on the Save blue button on the top of the page, to see the data on your map. Sometimes, you have to refresh the page after saving it.

Use in ArcGIS Pro


To use the services in ArcGIS Pro, you can open a project and click on InsertConnectionsServer and chose:

  • New WMS and add the URL in the OCG Section (top of this page)
  • New WFS and add the URL in the OCG Section (top of this page)

After that, you can add the layers you want from the Catalog in the Servers folder.

Use in ArcGIS Online


Map Viewer:

In the Layer section, click on [ ] and select Add Layer from URL. Copy and paste the URL, click next and select the layers you on your map.

Map Viewer Classic:

In the Map section, The world map opens. On the top left, click on  , to open a dropdown menu. Select Add Layer from Web. An Add Layer from Web dialog opens. Then select WMS/WMTS or WFS OGC Service and copy/past the URL.


Upload SHP


In CH-OSM, drag and drop a .shp file directly on the screen. The layer will appear in the My Layer section at the end of the theme panel.

The coordinate reference system (CRS) of the layer must be: EPSG:3857 – WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator.

Download SHP, KML or SLD


In CH-OSM, click on the layer you want to download, then click on the arrow [ ] next to the layer name and chose the format of the data (shp, kml). For the style, you can also download the sld file, next the shp and kml.

Show attribute table and metadata


In CH-OSM, by clicking in Attributes, the attribute table of the layer will be display. Only the data of the displayed area will appear.

To access to the OSM wikipage of a specific object, click on the red question mark just after the layer name.