WMS servers for use in Surfer, MapViewer, and Didger

Surfer, MapViewer, and Didger come with a convenient feature of connecting to a WMS server and downloading layers automatically into your project. This article lists known WMS servers. WMS servers can go up and down with some frequency. We have included a few servers within these programs by default, which we believe are mainly reliable, but we wanted to create a place that has a larger list of available servers known to work.

We will do our best to add to this list, keep this list relatively current, and remove servers that no longer work.  However, please note that not all layers on each server may work. In some cases, only a few layers will work. In other cases, it may appear that a layer does not work (an “empty” preview is displayed), but changing the extents or zoom level of the preview allows the map to be displayed.

To add a server, right click over a major category in the Download Online Maps dialog (i.e. Imagery, U.S. Data, or Worldwide Data) and click Add. Enter a name for the server, the URL and click Next. As long as the initial test is a success, click Finish. It the initial test failed, you can click Back to edit the information or click Cancel. The test may fail if there is a typo in the URL, if the server is not actually a WMS server, or if the server no longer works.

If you delete the Geode.ini (for Surfer 12, MapViewer 8, and Didger 5) or Geode.xml (for Surfer 13) file from the C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Golden Sofware\Shared directory, or the Select Data Source list in the Download Online Maps dialog is empty, you can download them from here: Geode.ini and Geode.xml.

If you have any updated information (servers to add to this list, or reports of servers on this list that no longer work), please email the information to: 

Lists of Servers (some servers on these pages may not work, but many do)

  1. TNRIS (Texas Natural Resources Information System):
  2. U.S. State Geologic Maps (by state):
  3. U.S. data:
  4. Geology/Mining of world:
  5. Australia Geoscience (be sure to select the WMS servers, not the WFS ones):
  6. British Columbia, Canada Data:
  7. Czech Geological Survey: 
  8. Geoportal ČÚZK: 

Regional Servers


  1. Arctic Voyage Planning Guide:
    1. WMS:
    2. WFS: http://vsonkengis03:6080/arcgis/services/Arctic_Voyage_Planning_Guide_ENG/MapServer/WFSServer
  2. Canadian Hydrographic Service - Chart Index:
    1. WMS:
    2. WFS: http://vsonkengis03:6080/arcgis/services/Hydrographic_Charts_ENG/MapServer/WFSServer
  3. Canadian Hydrographic Service - Levels of Service:
    1. WMS:
    2. WFS: http://vsonkengis03:6080/arcgis/services/CHS_Levels_of_Service_ENG/MapServer/WFSServer 


  1. Risques en Haute-Savoie Cartographie:


  1. Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt: Bodenfunktionenkarte Bayern (you may need to zoom in on some layers for the map to appear in the preview):
  2. Orthophotos:


  1. Luchtfotos:


  1. Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (publication using these maps must include source):


  1. Bedrock geology:
  2. Geoportal WMS service:


  1. WMS Ortofoto de la Desembocadura del Río Guadiana (Algarve-Andalucía):


  1. US Aquifers:
  2. USGS NAIP Imagery:
  3. NAIP 1-Foot Resolution Color Imagery for US:
  4. US State outlines, cities and rivers:
  5. US Boundaries (roads, urban areas, states, etc. You may need to use smaller extents to view/download information on the layers):
  6. DEM hillshading:
  7. USGS Land Cover:


  1. Alaska Mapped:

New Mexico

  1. General Public Use Airports:
  2. Roads:
  3. School Districts:

North Dakota

  1. Army Corps of Engineers Land:
  2. DEM NED 10meter:
  3. State Plane Zone Coordinate System:
  4. Railroad Mileposts:


  1. Utah boundaries:

Continental/Global Servers

  1. Only the Landsat layer works:
  2. Coastwatch:
  3. World Atlas:
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