Users are encouraged to use the WMS 2.0 service, which allows you to view the latest imagery for a region, or to define a custom area/s and get a personalised WMS URL with this area only.


Nearmap WMS integration allows users of off-the-shelf GIS and CAD applications to load high-resolution imagery on demand.

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To consume Nearmap imagery via WMS, you must authenticate using API Key Authentication.

Once authenticated, your software package will have a way for you to specify:

  • The Nearmap layer you want to view
  • The coordinate reference system you want to use to view the layer

WMS Requests

To display Nearmap imagery, you will need to tell your GIS or CAD package to load a Nearmap layer in a coordinate reference system that our WMS server supplies it in. This is specified in our layer capabilities file, readable by WMS-enabled software packages, and located at:

US & Canada: 

Australia & New Zealand:

Image Format - Use JPEG

Most GIS applications have PNG as the default image format for WMS requests. We recommend that you instead set the image format to JPEG when you set up a WMS connection to Nearmap. Each GIS application will have a means of specifying the image format or image encoding.

JPEG imagery is compressed, whereas PNG imagery is not. Setting JPEG as the image format will result a substantial improvement in performance due to much less data being downloaded, with only a small reduction in quality compared to PNG.

Australian WMS Layer Naming Conventions

Note: This document applies to Australian Nearmap customers only. WMS layer naming for the USA has not changed.

Previously, Nearmap provided access to individual Australian surveys by date in the following format:

Our naming conventions for survey layers have changed. Recent surveys will now be available under the new naming conventions as follows:

Viewing Survey Layers by Date

To see layers by date for your area of interest:

  1. Expand the Australia layer.

  2. Expand the State layer for your area of interest. 

If your survey date of interest is before 17 April 2015, it will be listed in alphabetical order by the name of the city or town, like this:

If your survey date of interest is on or after 17 April 2015, it will be prefixed by a three-letter state abbreviation, like this:

Viewing the Most Recent Imagery for Your Area of Interest

If you need to view the most recent imagery for your area of interest, there is no need to select a survey by date. The most recent imagery will always be available via the State Latest layers.

For example, to view the latest imagery of Sydney Opera House:

  1. Expand the Australia layer.

  2. Import the NSW layer.

  3. Zoom in on the Opera House.

There is no need to select a Sydney sub-layer to view the latest imagery.

We recommend using state layers over city sub-layers to avoid needing to update references to Nearmap layer names in the event that ours change.

If your GIS or CAD package does not show you the State Latest layers

Some GIS or CAD software packages don't display the State Latest layers in the layer hierarchy. For example, AutoCAD displays layers like this: