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Displays different general purpose Gramplets, small widgets that can help in your genealogical research.
Displays the people in the family tree without their connections. This Category contains the PeopleListView and the Grouped PeopleTreeView. Filter the display using preset filters or a custom filter.
Relationships Relationship
Display a family of parents, grandparents and children with the birth/death dates and relationships. Navigate to nearby relatives with a single click.
Family Families
List all families in a single view. Double-click on each to edit, add notes, and to see parents and children in each family.
ChartsCharts - Pedigree
Display the family in the traditional pedigree view. Hold the mouse over individuals to see more information about them and to move to more distant parts of the tree
ChartsCharts - Fan Chart
Displays graphical trees for the selected person.
ChartsCharts - Descendant Fan Chart
Displays graphical trees for the selected person.
ChartsCharts - 2-Way Fan Chart
Displays graphical trees for the selected person. 4 Generations of Ancestors (Top) / 4 Generations of Descendants (bottom)
Events Event
Displays the events in the family tree in a single view. Double-click on each to edit, add source, and to see which individuals reference the event.
Places Place
Displays the places in the family tree and sort the list by half a dozen headings such as City, County or State.
Geography Geography
Displays data of your family tree on a map.
Sources (v3.4.x) Source
Displays the sources in the family tree in a single view. Double-click on each to edit, add notes, and to see which individuals reference the source.
Citations Citations
Displays the citations in the family tree.
Repositories Repository
List all source repositories in a single view. Double-click on each to edit, add notes, and to see which sources reference the repository.
Media Media
List all forms of media referenced in the family tree. Can be graphic images, videos, sound clips, spreadsheets, documents, etc.
Notes Notes
Displays the notes in the family tree.


  • Bookmark favorite individuals for quick access. (The number able to be marked is unlimited)
  • 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.
  • Link any media or filetype to your 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.
  • Multiple calendars and date ranges are supported. You can convert between Gregorian, Julian, Hebrew, French republican, Persian and Islamic calendars from within Gramps via the Date selection window, and you can use fuzzy dates like about 1874, estimated 1905, ...
  • View, edit, and save Image Exif Metadata for use with modern-day cameras, cell phones, and graphic programs...


  • Multiple languages and cultures support is mature.
    • Translations exist for 43 languages + 1 Custom Language (See the Translators Portal)
    • Gramps has been designed so that new translations can easily be added with little development effort. If you are interested in participating please see the Translators Portal
    • Relationship calculators available in twenty languages (See Handler List)
    • Full Unicode support. Characters for all languages are properly displayed.

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An example descendant chart

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, OpenDocument, 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.

Charts and Graphs - Create graphical Ancestor and Descendant charts in several formats.

  • Box and Fan charts are available, see eg here.
  • Multiple formats are supported by Gramps for charts and graphs: OpenDocument Draw, PDF, PostScript, and SVG.
  • Custom charts can be created by users. We hope to add more in the near future through the contributions of users and developers.

Export to Web Pages -Select the entire database, family lines or selected individuals to a collection of web pages ready for upload to the World Wide Web.


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.

  • Merge. Combine two separate people into one. Very useful combining two databases with overlapping people.
  • Soundex generator. Generate the standard codes commonly used in genealogy to compare similar sounding names even though spelled differently.


File formats

Import/Export support for several different formats.

  • GEDCOM import and export. Extensive support for the defacto industry standard GEDCOM version 5.5.1 so you can exchange 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.
  • Web Family Tree export. Web Family Tree (WFT) allows you to display your family tree online with only a single file, instead of many html files the web page report generates.

Third-party Addons

Gramps comes with a core set of plugins which provide all of the critical features.

However, you can extend this functionality with additional Third-party Addons. These addons provide reports, filters, views, Gramplets, and more.


The Gramps program has been available in the decades since being released in April 2001 and has continually grown with many features and capabilities.

  • Active community involvement. Many current Gramps users contribute reports, suggestions, and feedback to the developers through the supported public mailing lists and forums.
  • Active development effort. New features are being designed and coordinated by several active developers. Many additional participants assist through the mailing lists. Group effort shapes and tests Gramps constantly improving functionality and usability.
  • Portable. Gramps is written in a computer language called Python using GTK and GNOME libraries. While only well supported in certain Unix and Linux environments, these are multi-platform development libraries, meaning that Gramps can be ported to any platform the required libraries are ported to.
  • Free Software/Open Source development model means Gramps can be extended by any programmer since all of the source code is freely available under its license.
  • Gramps is freely distributed under the GPL.


Gramps 5.0.x 5.1.x
Price Free Free
Open Source Yes Yes
Category Views
Dashboard(was Gramplets) Yes Yes
People Yes Yes
Families Yes Yes
Relationships Yes Yes
Charts Yes (4 - Pedigree Chart / Ancestor Fan Chart / Descendant Fan / 2-Way Fan) Yes (4 - Pedigree Chart / Ancestor Fan Chart / Descendant Fan / 2-Way Fan)
Events Yes Yes
Places Yes Yes
Geography Yes Yes
Sources Yes Yes
Citations Yes Yes
Repositories Yes Yes
Media Yes Yes
Notes Yes Yes
Chart Types
Books Yes Yes
Family Group Sheets Yes Yes
Individual Summary Yes Yes
Sosa Numbering (ascendants) Yes Yes
Henry Numbering (descendants) Yes Yes
Count numbering (descendants) Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes
Native Database Yes (Berkeley DB(default)/ SQLite(Experimental) Yes (SQLite(default)/Berkeley DB(Legacy))
Size Limit Yes (tested up to 250,000 people) Yes (tested up to 1.4 Million people (GRANDMA))
Open multiple Databases at once No (works for viewing, not supported !!) No (works for viewing, not supported !!)
Audio Yes Yes
Video Yes Yes
Images Yes Yes
Remote Access Yes (linux, over X connection) Yes (linux, over X connection)
Collaboration No No
Unicode Yes(40+) Yes(43+1)
Languages English(USA), English(UK), Arabic, Albanian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk), Polish, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese. English(USA), Arabic, Bulgarian, Breton, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English (UK), Esperanto, Spanish, Finnish, French, Gaelic (Irish), Hebrew, Croatian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Dutch, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Albanian, Serbian, Serbian (Latin), Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Traditional).
GEDCOM 5.5 Import/Export Import/Export
GEDCOM 5.5.1 Import/Export Import/Export
HTML Export Export
XML Gramps XML Gramps XML
Backup On Menu On Menu
Linux Yes (Officially Supported compile/install) Yes (Officially Supported compile/install)
Windows Yes (Community Supported) Yes (Community Supported)
Mac Yes (Community Supported) Yes (Community Supported)
BSD Yes (user compile/install) Yes (user compile/install)
Additional Features
Match/Merge Yes (Limited) Yes (Limited)
Multiple relationships (adoptive-foster) Yes Yes
Relationship calculator Yes Yes
Soundex calculator Yes Yes
Spell check in notes Yes Yes
3rd party Addon/plugin infrastructure Yes Yes
Check for 3rd party Addon Updates Yes Yes
Check for Program Update No No
User Manual Yes (online) Yes (online)

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