Here’s a little tool for you that I’ve been using quite often lately. It can be used used to import Esri shapefiles into Microsoft SQL Server (2008 and 2012) while taking into account character encoding of the input data. The geospatial information is stored as SqlGeometry.
Import shape file to SQL Server
Nice thing about it is that it allows you to rename/remap destination table column names, choose the destination table name, and set the primary key for the table. And yeah, it has a user interface :)
The app is rather simple so I don’t think that further explanation about its usage is needed. If it turns out that I’ve been wrong, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
I would  like to point out one thing though. If you are not sure which encoding codepage to use, check this link and look it up. The codepage default is 65001, which is the code page for UTF-8 encoding.
If you have any suggestions about improving the tool, or find a bug or something, leave a comment, I will be glad to update it.
Download exe from my Google Drive

EDIT: As there is some interest in this small app, and various different exceptions are thrown for different users, i am providing you with the source code so that you can see what is actually the problem. I was too lazy to catch every exception in the original program and were always returning the same message when the error occurs. The source code is hosted on GitHub, so that you can pull it or download as Zip.
If you update the code, please take time to push your changes back and help me update this small tool.

3 thoughts on “Import shapefiles into SQL Server

  1. Great program! May work on trying to add the following:

    Option to import geospatial column as Geography data type.
    Option to specify which CRS to import as.

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