I have 50 line objects in .shp format in folder on my computer. I need to insert it to postgis database on the distant server.. When I log in in phpPgAdmin, it says it runs on localhost:5433. What is the quick way to insert my .shp data into database?

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You can run shp2pgsql to convert the shapefile into SQL. You should be able to execute the resulting SQL file in phpPgAdmin.

QGIS offers a GUI for shp2pgsql via "Postgis Manager" plugin. You can connect to the remote database and load shapefiles directly without the need for phpPgAdmin.

  • I don't understand where to find Postgis Manager plugin? Jun 9, 2011 at 16:21
  • I found it, I'll try it now. Jun 9, 2011 at 16:28
  • I can't connect to my database. Jun 9, 2011 at 16:37
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    Note: Postgres has to be configured to listen to external IPs. This is not enabled by default
    – underdark
    Jun 9, 2011 at 16:49

On windows PgAdmin III is under Start->Programs->PostgreSQL 8.4->PgAdmin III Login with the super user usually postgres and the password you chose during install. If you forgot it, then go into pg_hba.conf (just open it with an editor such as notepad or a programmer editor). Set the line

host all all md5


host all all trust

if you trust it use

host all all localhost/5433 trust (host all all md5 will give all users access)

Another way to do this is to use SSH tunnels - use putty (or other SSH client) to log in to the remote machine and set a tunnel from localhost:5433 to remotemachine:5433. See http://howto.ccs.neu.edu/howto/windows/ssh-port-tunneling-with-putty/ for more details. Then you can run PGAdmin on your local machine and it will talk directly to the remote machine.

  • I can't connect to database. I tried with putty but it doesn't work. Jun 9, 2011 at 16:36
  • if you log into the remote machine can you access the DB?
    – Ian Turton
    Jun 9, 2011 at 19:30

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