These instructions apply to QGIS 2.6.0 (Brighton) and later. This article describes how to load georeferenced Nearmap imagery in QGIS using Web Map Service (WMS).
To consume Nearmap imagery via WMS, you must authenticate using API Key Authentication.
The WMS URL you enter into your application must include your API Key. The WMS Links section of the above documentation describes how to copy the correct WMS URL, including your API Key, to the clipboard of your computer. Once you have done that, you can conveniently paste it into your application as required (see below).
To load Nearmap imagery in QGIS via WMS:
Open QGIS. Click on the Layer menu, select Add Layer, and choose Add WMS/WMTS Layer...
In the Add Layer(s) from a WM(T)S Server window, click New.
In the Create a new WMS connection window:
At Name, enter Nearmap.
At URL, enter the WMS URL including your API Key:
- Australia: https://wms.nearmap.com/wms?REQUEST=GetCapabilities
Do not enter anything in the Username and Password fields.
When prompted to save the password on your computer, click OK.
In the Add Layer(s) from a WM(T)S Server window, click Connect.
Choose a map layer by clicking on it. Some layers are nationwide, others cover single states. It's best to choose a single state because locally optimal map projections are not available for nationwide survey layers.
Selecting the state latest imagery will always give you the most recent imagery for your area of interest.
Once you've selected a layer, click Change to set the spatial reference system to use.
In the Coordinate Reference System Selector window, choose the map projection you want to download. This list should only show projections available from the Nearmap server, but be sure to select a projection meant for the location of your survey or it may not load. Once you find your projection of interest, select it in either of the two lists and click OK.
Back in the Add Layer(s) from a WM(T)S Server window, ensure that JPEG is selected for Image encoding. PNG format is also available and has very slightly higher image quality, but comes at a large cost to both performance and data usage. Then click Add once and click Close.
Your requested map layer will load. Higher resolution imagery is served on demand as you zoom and pan.