I am on Windows and I want to download/enable the plugin "PostGIS Shapefile and DBF Loader 2.0". I installed PostGIS 2.0 using StackBuilder of PostgreSQL installer.

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    during the stack builder process you should have recieved a dialogue box aksing to install the PostGIS Shapefile Loader. Did you see this and say 'No' - then that is where it has gone wrong. You might be able to find the exe in the C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.x\bin folder
    – tjmgis
    Jun 13, 2013 at 16:03
  • put some process photos before facing problem could help you get more useful advice.
    – Heinz
    Jun 13, 2013 at 16:10
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    How can I enable Shapefile GUI Loader in pgadmin3? (on Ubuntu, though it contains links to the Windows help from BostonGIS) Jun 13, 2013 at 17:39
  • All the comment's give me the answer!! Jun 13, 2013 at 19:08

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This might be what you need - this is added to plugins.ini file and enables the shapefile and dbf loader. I'm using postgre 9.2 and postgis 2.0.

;PostGIS shp2pgsql-gui (Windows):
Title=PostGIS Shapefile and DBF loader
Command="$$PGBINDIR\postgisgui\shp2pgsql-gui.exe" -h "$$HOSTNAME" -p $$PORT -U "$$USERNAME" -d "$$DATABASE" -W "$$PASSWORD"
Description=Open a PostGIS ESRI Shapefile or Plain dbf loader console to the current database.
  • For the sake of completeness: the plugins.ini file is located in the pgAdmin III\plugins.d folder. However, with a separate install of PostGIS, you'll find another file in the plugins.d folder: postgis.shp2pgsql-gui.ini. It has the same content as Simplest2remember mentioned in his answer. Either this content is saved in the plugins.ini file, or you have the postgis.shp2pgsql-gui.ini file: both scenarios will dispose the PostGIS GUI in the list of plugins in pgAdmin III.
    – kadéem
    Aug 18, 2017 at 9:08
  • If this does not work for you, you can also start the loader from outside of pgAdmin: gis.stackexchange.com/a/225079/23263 Sep 23, 2018 at 8:54

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