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Search for Layers Outside the WMS Database

Search for layers using a web browser instead of using the WMS Database.

Select a search engine. If you are using Google®, select Images and enter getmap wms into the search box.

Choose a map by viewing the images. Click the map link and find the WMS GetCapabilities request somewhere on the page. If you cannot find a GetCapabilities request, try another map.

For example, this code shows the URL of a WMS GetCapabilities request from the USGS National Map.

url = ['' ...

Return the capabilities document by using the wmsinfo function.

c = wmsinfo(url);

Read a layer and display it on a world map.

layer = c.Layer(1);
[A,R] = wmsread(layer);

mlabel off
plabel off
title("USGS Imagery")

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