Using WMS and WFS in QGIS

 
  1. Download QGIS.
  2. Open QGIS.
  3. From the 'Manage Layers' toolbar select the add WMS or add WFS icon.
    QGIS toolbar icon

To Add WMS

  1. Select New in the 'Add Layer(s) from a Server' dialogue box.
    screenshot step one on how to add WMS in QGIS
  2. In the 'Create a new WMS connection' dialogue box, enter a name for the conection and the appropriate URL. (e.g. http://www.ga.gov.au/gisimg/services/energy/Solar_Energy_DNI_Mean/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS)
    screenshot adding WMS in QGIS
  3. Select OK.
  4. In the 'Add Layer(s) from a Server' dialogue box, select Connect and then Add. THe WMS should now be added.
    screenshot of adding wms to QGIS
  5. Select Close.

To Add WFS

  1. Select New in the 'Add WFS Layer from a Server' dialogue box.
    screenshot of step 1 adding wfs to QGIS
  2. In the 'Create a new WFS connection' dialogue box, enter a name for the connection and the appropriate URL. (e.g. http://www.ga.gov.au/gisimg/services/marine_coastal/Multibeam_Survey_Extents_2013/MapServer/WFSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS)
    screenshot of adding wfs to QGIS
  3. Select OK.
  4. In the 'Add WFS Layer from a Server' dialogue box, select Connect and then Apply. NB - loading the WFS data may take a while.
    screenshot for adding wfs to QGIS
  5. Select Close.