How to easily add South African and Namibian toposheets as XYZ tiles to QGIS

Posted by: Tim Sutton | in QGIS | 1 week ago | Comments

Thanks to the great work of Grant Slater and the OpenStreetmap team, there are freely available XYZ tilesets for South Africa and Namibia 1:50 000 series toposheets which can easily be added to QGIS. Here is the general procedure to add a layer:

1.) Open the browser panel (View -> Panels -> Browser) and scroll down to the entry called XYZ tiles if needed.

2. ) Right-click the XYZ tiles entry and choose 'New Connection...'

3.) Enter the connection details (see the bottom of this post for the SA and Namibia connection URLS

Specify the name and URL

4.) Double click or drag-an-drop the XYZ tile layer into the canvas

5.) You should see a nicely rendered tileset like this:

Drag the map layer into the QGIS Canvas

Useful XYZ tile urls:

  1. Namibia 1:50 000 toposheets:{z}/{x}/{y}.png
  2. South Africa 1:50k Toposheets:{z}/{x}/{-y}.png
  3. South Africa NGI Imagery:{z}/{x}/{y}.jpg
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