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I am having difficulties when I try to load a shapefile into my database, the is because I do not know the encoding of the dbf portion of the shapefile. The attribute tables are in Spanish, I have tried UTF8 and LATIN1/ISO-8859-1.

How can I check the encoding of the dbf file? I do not want to waste anymore time trying all the encodings.

The database is Postgres 9.4.4 with Postgis 2.2.1, I use Qgis 2.10.1 to visualize the data before loading it to the database.

Looks like the files were made in a mac, not sure though.

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When having enconding issues with a Shapefile you can try the QGIS Plugin Shapefile Encoding Fixer.

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