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Gramps 3.3 Wiki Manual - Manage Family Trees

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Importing data
Importing allows you to bring data from other genealogy programs into a Gramps database. Currently, Gramps can import data from the following formats:
* Gramps [[XML ]] (.gramps file extension)* Gramps [[XML ]] Package (.gpkg file extension)
* GRAMPS CSV Spreadsheet - comma separated values (.csv file extension)
* GRAMPS V2.x database (.grdb file extension)
{{man tip|Order "up side down" Events generated under other programs|Gramps provides an help for ordering events according to your preferences. See [[Gramps_3.3_Wiki_Manual_-_Tools#Sort_Events|Sort Events]] tool.}}
The Gramps [[XML]], Gramps [[XML ]] Package and GRAMPS V2.x database are all native Gramps formats. There is no risk of information loss when importing from or exporting to these formats.
*Gramps [[XML ]] (.gramps): The Gramps [[XML ]] file is the standard Gramps data-exchange and backups format, and was also the default working-database format for older (pre 2.x) versions of Gramps. Unlike the GRAMPS V2.x grdb format, it is architecture independent and human-readable. The database may also have references to non-local (external) media objects, therefore it is not guaranteed to be completely portable (for full portability including media objects in the Gramps [[XML ]] package (.gpkg) should be used). The Gramps [[XML ]] database is created by exporting (Menu {{man menu|Family Trees ->Export...}}) to that format.
*Gramps [[XML ]] package (.gpkg): The Gramps [[XML ]] package is a '''compressed ''' archive containing the Gramps [[XML ]] file and all media objects (images, sound files, etc.) to which the database refers. Because it contains all the media objects, this format is completely portable. The Gramps [[XML ]] package is created by exporting ( Menu {{man menu|Family Trees ->Export...}} ) data in that format.
*GRAMPS V2.x database (.grdb): Prior to Gramps Version 3.3, this native Gramps database format was a specific form of the Berkeley database (BSDDB) with a special structure of data tables. This format was binary and architecture-dependent. It was very quick and efficient, but not generally portable across computers with different binary architecture (e.g. i386 vs. alpha).
If you import information from another Gramps database or Gramps [[XML ]] database, you will see the progress of the operation in the progress bar of Gramps main window. When the import finishes, a feedback window shows the number of imported objects. If the imported data originates from the very family tree in which you import the data, the import feedback gives suggestions about what could be merged; the merge is '''not''' done automatically for you. If you want to merge basic genealogy data automatically, consider CSV Spreadsheet Export/Import.
The GRAMPS CSV Spreadsheet format allows importing and exporting of a subset of your Gramps data in a simple spreadsheet format. See [[Gramps 3.3 Wiki Manual - Manage Family Trees: CSV Import and Export|CSV Import and Export]] for more information.

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