Trying to add a custom layer WMS

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12 Aug, 2019 07:57 PM

Hi there,

I'd like to display maps from the French Government online tool "Geoportail" into SARTopo.

I subscribed to their "Geoservice" WMS resource and was given the following URL:

and tried this one as well:

Nothing happens when I create the layer.

Could you tell me if I'm missing something?


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by rmarcucci on 13 Aug, 2019 02:33 PM

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    Hi Kevin,

    I've forwarded this along to our developer as I'm not sure whats going on here. He's unavailable currently and will likely get back to you in a few days.

    Thank you for reaching out,

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by matt on 15 Aug, 2019 09:52 PM

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    Neither of those URLs are what you would enter directly into the URL template field, but the first should work if you put it in the "auto-configure URL" box and click GO, and loading the second directly in a browser should give you an XML file listing the available layers etc.

    However I can't load either of those URLs in my browser - it just waits endlessly without a response. I'd need valid URLs that will actually load without being signed into a particular website in order to provide additional help.

  3. 3 Posted by kxmlab on 19 Aug, 2019 07:10 PM

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    Hi Matt,

    Thanks a lot for your quick response!

    The URLs I'm trying to use are provided on my Geoportail/IGN account.

    When I load
    in my browser, without being logged into the website, I do see an XML File,
    which I have saved and attached to this email.

    Besides that, the website requires me to choose one "securing" method:

    - HTTP referer, the one i've been trying to use, with the URL ""
    - IP
    - Login/Password (using an HTTPS referer)
    - User-Agent

    I've also attached a screenshot of this page, in French however.

    Hopefully, all this will help you figure out what's wrong.


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by matt on 20 Aug, 2019 04:24 AM

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    For various technical reasons, custom tiles are actually routed through the SARTopo server rather than directly requested by your browser, which is why the referer isn't working.

    The SARTopo user-agent is currently "SARTopo//Linux", although that will be changed in the near future to at least remove the second /, and possibly drop the "Linux" OS suffix.

    You should also be able to specify the IP address, it changes very infrequently.

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