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Gramps – research, organize and share your family tree

Gramps, the Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System, is an Open Source genealogy program using the GTK/GNOME interface.

Gramps allows you to easily build and keep track of your family tree while providing all the common capabilities of other genealogical programs, and the ability to input facts or information directly into GRAMPS. You can then use your computer to manipulate, correlate, and analyze your data.

Gramps has the ability to import GEDCOM files that are used in such programs as Family Tree Maker and can produce reports in various formats such as the popular AbiWord and formats as well as HTML and PDF.

Features include:

  • Easy to use.
  • Nine different views for navigating your family: People, Relationship, Family List, Pedigree, Events, Sources, Places, Media, and Repository.
  • Family Tree manager, allowing create, deletion, renaming, repair and revision control.
  • Bookmark favorite individuals for quick access.
  • Custom filters. In addition to the numerous preset filters, create any number of selections based on interesting facts about your family to use for reports and data exports.
  • Gramplets: small genealogy applications within GRAMPS.
  • Link any media or filetype to the GRAMPS family tree. Choose between copying or linking the file to the database.
  • Privacy options allow restriction of any information marked with this option or information about living individuals. Data marked with this option can be excluded in reports and data exports.
  • Support for multiple calendars and date ranges. Convert between Gregorian, Julian, Hebrew, French republican, Perzian and Islamic calendars from within GRAMPS via the Date selection window, and use fuzzy dates like about 1874, estimated 1905, …
  • Support for multiple languages:
    • Translations exist for 25 languages including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish.
    • New translations can easily be added with little development effort.
    • Relationship calculators available in four languages.
    • Full Unicode support.


Generate brief or detailed reports for the ancestors or descendants of an individual.

  • Multiple styles of reports are currently available by default. Users can also create their own custom styles.
  • Eight output formats are supported by GRAMPS: PDF, AbiWord,KWord, OpenOffice Writer, HTML, Rich Text Format (RTF), LaTeX, and plain text.
  • Custom reports can be created by advanced users under the “plugin” system which allows the sharing of custom report styles between users.
  • Book report allows the user to collect a variety of reports in a single document, which in turn is easier to distribute.


A rich set of tools includes operations such as checking database for errors and consistency, as well as the research and analysis tools such as event comparison, duplicate people finding, interactive descendant browser, and others.

File formats

  • GEDCOM import and export. Extensive support for the industry standard GEDCOM version 5.5 for exchanging GRAMPS information to and from users of most other genealogy programs.
  • Gramps package import and export. A compressed file containing your family tree data and any other files used. Useful for backup or sharing with other GRAMPS users.
  • Export to CD Burner. Export data and media directly to the GNOME file manager (Nautilus) for burning to CD.
  • Web Family Tree export. Web Family Tree (WFT) displays your family tree online with only a single file, instead of many html files the web page report generates.

Support: User Manual
Developer: Donald N. Allingham, David Hampton, Donald A. Peterson, Alex Roitman, Tim Waugh, Martin Hawlisch, Richard Taylor, Brian Matherly
License: GNU GPL v2

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Gramps is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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