WMS! What, more stuff? We make software, with map standards: Web Map Server. That is to say, CartoDB now offers the possibility of making its visualizations viewable via the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Server (WMS) and Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) standards. The newest, hippest maps on the web just got “old school”.
CartoDB maps are available in a number of ways: through shared links, with embeds, using the CartoDB.js library, and via the Maps API. But there is a lot of software in use that pre-dates CartoDB, and by adding support for WMS/WMTS to CartoDB, we’ve opened up our maps to that software too.
This functionality comes with our Enterprise offering, if you want it activated please contact us.
So now you can add a CartoDB layer to your ArcGIS project.
Or to your QGIS project. (Actually, there is also a QGIS plug-in for CartoDB that is even more full-featured.)
Or to any other mapping software that supports WMS.
This could be of particular interest for data publishers that need to comply with OGC standards when publishing data, like for example in Europe with the INSPIRE initiative.
Finally, for those users coming to CartoDB from Google Maps Engine this could be a very important addition to have a successful migration.
Once the add-on is activated on your account, just use the standard WMS end point for your account (where “user” is your account name) and plug it into your software:
For WMTS connections, use the WMTS capabilites URL:
Or, if you are building WMS requests by hand, send them to the end point as usual. For example, for a listing of available layers, use a GetCapabilities request:
Or for a map rendering of a layer, use a GetMap request:
The WMS support for CartoDB has a few limitations that are important to keep in mind, for example:
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