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Research, organize and share your family tree with Gramps.

Gramps is a free software project and community. We strive to produce a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.

Current version: 5.1.6 Released: 2018-02-09

Different data format to the GRAMPS 3.4 series. Full Python 3 support only as Python 2 support dropped. Uses GTK+ 3 GUI. Lot of updates see:.What's new?

Final Legacy version: 3.4.9 Released: 2015-04-30

This is the final maintenance release designed for those of you still running gramps with gtk2. The database is common between version 4.0.x (not version 4.1.x and version 4.2.x) and 3.4.x branch, most differences are into interface...[1]


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Before upgrading your distribution: Use your old version of Gramps to backup your Family Trees [1].

via Distributions      Latest version (5.1.6) (advanced users only)

MS Windows

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Before download: Use your old version of Gramps to backup your Family Trees [1].

Supports Microsoft Windows in all versions Vista/7 and later.(Please note: Python-3.5 and Gtk-3.18 dropped support for Windows XP not Gramps itself. Gramps can still be run on Windows XP with older versions of those libraries eg:(Gtk-3.16 & Python3.4.4))

Windows Installer (32-bit) 5.1.5      Windows Installer (64-bit) 5.1.6

After download: double-click to install Gramps. Standard setup is English only so if using a different language please ensure that you select extra dictionary and language files when asked during the installation process.


Once installed one shortcut is placed on the desktop and in the Start menu two shortcuts are added, please only use the first shortcut, unless requested by a developer.
1) GrampsAIOXX 5.1.6 <--- Shortcut for everyday use of Gramps
GrampsAIOXX 5.1.6-console)

Normally, when you try to load your old Family Tree you can allow it to be upgraded if necessary, and it will be opened. However if this fails for any reason, Create a new Family Tree and Import the back-up into this new Tree.

Use the Windows AIO version, please use the download links above. For more information about individual versions, console and debug modes, release notes, etc., look at this page (English only).

Alternative independent Legacy MS Windows version [3].

You may also install using the alternative independent Gramps Chocolatey Package [4].

Mac OS X

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Before download: Use your old version of Gramps to backup your Family Trees [1]. Read the before installation instructions.

Supports Mac OS X in all versions 10.5 (Leopard) and later.

Intel 5.1.6     

After download: Double-click the .dmg file to mount the disk (note: your browser may do this for you automatically). Next drag the Gramps application to your application folder and double-click to launch it [2].

Normally, when you try to load your old Family Tree you can allow it to be upgraded if necessary, and it will be opened. However if this fails for any reason, Create a new Family Tree and Import the back-up into this new Tree.

Spell Checking:

Gramps uses a different spell checker than the one provided by Mac OS X, with different spelling dictionary requirements. We can't easily provide dictionaries for all of the supported languages in the bundle, but they're easily downloaded from's website. Download the language you want and save it, then navigate to the download in Finder. Most browsers have a downloads window that offers "Show in Finder" in its context menu. Change the file extension from oxt to zip, then from the context menu select Open with... Archive Utility to decompress it. In the decompressed folder or perhaps in a subfolder you'll find the dictionary files in pairs, foo.aff and foo.dic. Some languages have more than one pair with a README file to explain why. Select a pair and copy it to /Library/Dictionaries (you'll have to authenticate with an administrator id and password), and if 'foo' isn't already a language or locale code, make it one. For example, the French package includes several pairs with names like fr-moderne.aff and fr-moderne.dic. The spell checker doesn't recognize those names, so when you copy them to /Library/Dictionaries you must rename them to fr.aff and fr.dic or fr_FR.aff and fr_FR.dic. You can have more than one dictionary pair installed if you use several languages, but one must match the language you use for Gramps or spell checking won't be enabled at all.

Linux and BSD distributions

These packages are built and supported by the distros.

Please report any problems with them to the package maintainer.

Most Linux distributions come bundled with a version of Gramps, though it's not always the most recent version and it may not have been installed by default. Still it is recommended to use the Gramps version that comes with your distribution.

Below are ways to install Gramps on some of the more popular distributions:

Distribution GUI Package manager Current versions Notes
Debianopenlogo-32.png Debian Add/Remove Software Debian 8 ("jessie")(old stable): Gramps 4.1.1
Debian 8 ("jessie")(backports): Gramps 4.2.5
Debian 8 ("jessie")(backports-sloppy): Gramps 4.2.8
Debian 9 ("stretch") (stable): Gramps 4.2.5
Debian 9 ("stretch")(backports): Gramps 4.2.8
buster (testing): Gramps 4.2.8
sid (unstable): Gramps 4.2.8
available versions
Ubuntu 32x32.png Ubuntu Software Centre Trusty (14.04 LTS): Gramps: 4.0.3
Trusty (14.04 LTS): Gramps: 4.2.3 (Backport)
Xenial (16.04 LTS): Gramps: 4.2.2
Xenial (16.04 LTS): Gramps: 4.2.6 (Backport)
Artful (17.10): Gramps: 4.2.6
Bionic Beaver (18.04 LTS): Gramps: 4.2.8
Cosmic Cuttlefish (Development: 18.10): Gramps: 4.2.8
available versions/ (Also see: Backports)
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18.x(Gramps 4.2.2~dfsg-1)
19(Gramps 4.2.8)
Install the most current version of Gramps using the following instructions from the Linux Mint Forums

Old versions available from Linuxmint
Fedora 32x32.png Fedora Add/Remove Software (Gnome)
Software Management (KDE)
Rawhide (Gramps 4.2.8)
Fedora 27 (Gramps 4.2.8)
Fedora 26 (Gramps 4.2.8)
available versions / Note:The Fedora and Red Hat Projects were merged on September 22, 2003.
Mageia drakrpm (or rpmdrake) Mageia Caulron: Gramps 4.2.5
Mageia 5.0: Gramps 4.1.3
Mageia App Db - gramps
openSUSE YaST openSUSE Tumbleweed: Gramps 4.2.8
openSUSE Leap 15.0: Gramps 4.2.8
openSUSE Leap 42.3: Gramps 4.2.4
available versions
See note [2] : Gramps 4.2.x can be installed on Opensuse 13.2 ( if you add the 'openSUSE BuildService - GNOME:Apps' )
Slackware 14.2: Gramps 3.4.3
14.1: Gramps 4.0.3
available versions Gramps 4.2.6
NetBSD NetBSD: Gramps 3.4.4 available versions
FreeBSD FreeBSD: Gramps 4.2.4 available versions
TrueOS PC-BSD: Gramps 3.4.8 2016/09/01 - PC-BSD is now TrueOS
OpenBSD OpenBSD: Gramps 4.2.6 available versions
Archlinux-icon-crystal-32.svgArch Linux Gramps 4.2.8 available versions
Gentoo Linux Gramps 4.2.8 available versions

Linux: Install latest version

If your distribution doesn't ship with Gramps or you wish to install a different version than it ships with, you could try to install the latest version of Gramps manually.

Warning before attempting this use your existing installation to make a Gramps XML backup

This should only be attempted by experienced users, and after you have backed up your Family Tree.

The version of Gramps that has been included in your distribution will have been tested to work with the components in that distribution. If you try to install a different version of Gramps there is a possibility that the components needed for the new version of Gramps are not available for your distribution, or they are available, but don't work properly. You might not discover that there is a problem till you have already done some work with the new version of Gramps.

If you already have Gramps installed, and you are only making a 'point' upgrade (i.e. from Gramps x.y.z to x.y.z+1, e.g. from 3.4.3 to 3.4.4), then it is likely but not certain that Gramps will continue to work. However, if the change is much greater, especially if it is a major version change (e.g. from 2.y.z to 3.y.z), then the danger that it does not work properly is much greater.


For Debianopenlogo-32.pngDebian-based linux distributions (Which includes Ubuntu 32x32.png Ubuntu ) Download the .deb file. Double-click on the downloaded .deb file or (for some distributions, e.g. Mint Debian) run the following command from the directory where the file was saved (change the filename to match the one you downloaded).

sudo dpkg -i python3-gramps_5.1.6-1_all.deb

If you have an error about having unmet dependencies run:

sudo apt-get -f install

to install the dependencies.

Useful command lines

Before upgrading you can[3]:

  • Find out what version you are running, by using this:
   dpkg-query -s python3-gramps

that queries the package and gives you info about it.

  • If you are committed to an upgrade then make sure you have backed up you Family Trees to Gramps XML then run :
   sudo dpkg -r python3-gramps

this will remove the current gramps package (assuming its a python3 version older versions could be python-gramps )

  • To stop Ubuntu updating gramps (to possibly an older version from Ubuntu!) you may need to run:
   sudo apt-mark hold gramps

Upgrade is then complete.

For other distributions

For other distributions, Download link.png the source and follow the instructions for Linux:Build from source


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Before upgrading your distribution: Use your old version of Gramps to backup your Family Trees [1].

via Distributions      Latest version (advanced users only)

Live CD

Note that both Live CD demonstrations use an old version of Gramps and it is not recommended for general use

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Linux live CD Demonstration includes Gramps 3.2.5 pre-installed to trial, without touching anything on the hard drive. To start this boot the Computer with this Live Linux Desktop on a CD in the CD/DVD-ROM Drive. (Requires that you write this image to a CD-ROM using CD-Burner software eg:Nero, Imgburn..). Download the CD (727 MB). The Linux Genealogy CD is based on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). If you are interested in Gramps, but are afraid to actually install it or unable to install it (not your PC, windows, no internet at home, work laptop, ...), then try out our Linux Genealogy CD. It runs without installing on the hard disk and contains a collection of open source, free, genealogy programs. You can then install latest Ubuntu and Gramps from the CD anytime you like.

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Edubuntu 14.04.3 includes Gramps 4.0.3-1 (For information about Edubuntu visit)

Online Demonstration

You can also try an online demonstration of Gramps on rollApp:

Select Launch Online then Test Drive(Opening/saving files will not be available)


This is a commercial limited trial and not endorsed by the Gramps-project. Beware of third parties having your genealogical data.


[1] Backup to Gramps XML. You will find backup in the Family Tree menu of recent Gramps versions, otherwise use export in the same menu but uncheck privacy options in the Exporter Assistant in order to export all data. See : How to make a backup

[2] Alternatively, you can click and hold on the disk icon at the top of the window of the mounted disk, and then option-drag to the Applications folder. This will create a new folder containing all the files, including the README and NEWS.

[3] An alternative independent Legacy version is GrampsPortable_5.1.6.paf.exe (29.0 MB) Portable Gramps from includes all dependencies required for Windows. Note:You can install it on C: then to run Gramps type C:\PortableApps\GrampsPortable\GrampsPortable.exe (Or the path you installed it to) or make a shortcut to that file on your desktop or start-menu. By Bart.S - Please report packaging issues to the author. (2012-09-07)

[4] Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. Gramps Chocolatey Package

See also