With new, unlicensed ortho imagery from spring 2019 available, MassGIS is discontinuing the for-fee Google streaming service on May 25, 2020. We recommend users of the Google service transition to the 2019 web service before May 2020. We’ve replaced the Google basemap option with the 2019 imagery in Oliver and other online maps. This guide describes how to add the 2019 service into desktop and cloud GIS software and online mapping applications.
Guide Connecting to MassGIS 2019 ortho image web service
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Instructions for adding the 2019 orthos to ESRI’s ArcMap
Click the little triangle next to the Add Data button and choose “Add Data From ArcGIS Online…”. (You can also choose Add Data > Add Data From ArcGIS Online… from the File menu).
In the ArcGIS Online search box type "MassGIS 2019" and hit Enter. Find the tile labeled “Massachusetts 2019 USGS Color Ortho Imagery” and click the blue “Add” link in the lower right of the tile.
The orthos will add to the map:
Instructions for adding the 2019 orthos to ESRI’s ArcPro
Click on the “Add Data” dropdown in the Layer section
Choose “Data - Add data to the map”
Click on “All Portal” under “Portal”
In the upper right in the “Search Portal: All Portal” type "massgis 2019" and hit Enter. Double click on “MassGIS 2019 USGS Color Ortho Imagery”.
Double click on “orthos2019”.
The orthos will be added to the map:
Instructions for adding the 2019 orthos to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online
It is possible to use the 2019 orthos in an ArcGIS Online map as a layer or a basemap. After signing in to ArcGIS Online, create a new Map or open an existing one. Then, click on the “Add” dropdown and choose “Search for Layers”.
Click on the dropdown to choose “ArcGIS Online”.
Type "massgis 2019" in the “Search for layers” box and hit Enter. Click the circled plus sign to add it to the map as a layer.
You can also click on the blue link labeled “Massachusetts 2019 USGS Color Ortho Imagery” and additional information will appear to the right. Click on the blue “Add to Map” button or circled plus sign to add it as a layer. Click on "Use as Basemap" to replace your map's current basemap with the 2019 orthos.
The 2019 orthos will be added to the map:
Instructions for adding the 2019 orthos as a WMTS service
The 2019 orthos are also available as a WMTS standard service. This type of service can be added to many applications, including most other GIS software and online mapping resources. To do so use the following URL:
For example, to add the orthos to QGIS (free, open source GIS software), add or open a map and click on the Layer menu and choose “Add Layer” > “Add WMS/WMTS Layer”.
In the dialog click on the “New” button.
Fill out the dialog box to create a connection as shown here, using the above URL in the URL box. Then click OK:
The layer with the name you chose will appear in the list in the Layers tab. Below that, click the “Connect” button and the Layer “USGS_Orthos_2019” will appear.
Highlight the layer row and click the “Add” button in the lower right. Then click the “Close” button to close the dialog.
The layer is added to the map: