Installing & Setting Up PostgreSQL With PostGIS

Author: Dan Blomberg | Last updated November 17th, 2013 at 04:01pm


This tutorial will guide you through the steps involved with installing PostgreSQL and PostGIS on your Windows based computer.  PostGIS is a requirement for the way GPSFileDepot creates Garmin compatible maps.


This tutorial last updated for version 9.3.1 and postGIS 2.1.0.


  1. Go the the PostgreSQL windows downloads.
  2. Download the "one click installer".
  3. Click windows on the EnterpriseDB page and download the appropriate version for your computer (64bit or 32bit).
  4. Run the .exe that has been downloaded to install PostgreSQL.
  5. The default install directories should be good.  When prompted enter a password that you can remember.
  6. The normal settings should be good. 
  7. Make sure the "Launch Stack Builder at exist?" box is unchecked and click finish.
  8. Now we will make it so you can connect without a password (this is optional but makes life easier)
  9. Open pg_hba.conf in C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.3\data with notepad or a similar document editor.
  10. Change the line reading:
    host    all         all          md5
  11. to
    host    all         all          trust
    If you use IPv6 change the next line below it as well.
  12. Reload the configuration files (start>all programs>postgresql X.X>Reload configuration)


  1. Start the Application Stack Builder (in PostgreSQL's start menu)
  2.  Select your local server:
  3. Under "Spatial Extensions" check the most recent version of PostGIS:
  4. Leave the download location alone and click "Next"
  5. After the download finishes click next to start installing.
  6. Make sure create spatial database is checked.
  7. Leave the default options.  Make sure you enter your password if needed.
  8. Change the database name to postgis

Now you should have a fully operational postgis database.

Creating More Databases

You may, at some point, need to create more postGIS databases.  In this case you need to create them with a template file.

  1. Open pgAdmin III
  2. Connect to your local server
  3. Right click on databases and click "New Database..."
  4. Enter a name for your new database
  5. Select the username you've been using as the owner (default is "postgres")
  6. For the template select "template_postgis"
  7. Click okay.

A new database has now been created.  You have to use a template in order to have it be a spatial database.

If you have any questions about this tutorial please contact us or post in the forums.