Configure WMS in QGIS.

If you are not familiar with the OGC instances (WMS, WCS. WMTS, WFS), you can read the documentation here.

  1. Open QGIS and go to on Layer ‣ ADD Layer ‣ Add WMS Layer.

    adm WMS layer  

  2. In the Layers tab, click on New.

    New layer  

  3. Enter connection details, use Sentinel WMS url "<WMS URL>" (contact us to get access; for topographic maps you can use one of the OpenStreetMap services, such as

    Sentinel WMS

  4. Next, click on the Connect button to fetch the list of available layers.

  5. In the Image encoding section, you need to choose an image format. For imagery layers, JPEG is usually a good choice. Change the Layer name if you wish and click Add.

  6. Set the desirable Coordinate Reference System. For this tutorial choose WGS84 / Pseudo Mercator. Sentinel WMS service currently operating in the popular web mercator coordinate space (EPSG:3857), with the 13 Sentinel-2 bands available as "B01" through "B12" (with "B8A" following "B08") layers.


  7. You will see the Sentinel layer loaded in the QGIS canvas. If the layer is not visible at the current map scale, zoom in to increase the scale of the map.