Gramps 3.3 Wiki Manual - What's new?

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This section gives an overview of changes since version 3.2. These changes are also detailed later in this manual. Users of version 3.2 are encouraged to review this section to be sure to take advantage of these new features.

Before you upgrade


Creating an archive alone to safeguard your data might not be appropriate before upgrading. In the unlikely event that Gramps 3.3 corrupts your database, it could also corrupt the archive. An export as outlined in this section is recommended.

Before you upgrade, make sure your family tree data is secure. The best way to do this is:

  1. Start Gramps 3.2
  2. Open your family tree
  3. Export the family tree to the gramps xml format or the gramps xml package format (which includes your photographs and other media files associated with your family tree data). Export your tree via menu Family Trees->Export, making sure you export all data with no filters applied.
  4. Close this family tree and repeat the above steps for any other family trees you have
  5. Keep the resulting file(s) in a safe place

For more information, please review Backing up a Family Tree.

After properly safeguarding your data, proceed to install Gramps 3.3. Use your operating system's regular installation process to do this. It is also best to uninstall Gramps 3.2 before installing Gramps 3.3, or make sure you install Gramps 3.3 in a different location.

After you install Gramps 3.3, you can open your existing family trees and continue working. In case of problems (e.g., after a complete system upgrade), use the backup file(s) created above to recreate your family tree(s).


Once you open a family tree in a newer version of Gramps or using a newer operating system, you generally should not try to open that database using an older version again. As always, the gramps xml format is the format to use for the interchange of your data in such cases. There are tools to repair broken databases, but they are for expert users, so avoid needing them by following the steps above before you upgrade your OS or Gramps.

Visible changes to the core


  • Formats
  • New Editor
  • New filter rules

Sidebar and bottombar

  • Views
  • New Gramplets



Better place handling

New Exporter

More tooltips

Url style on Note

Backup dialog

Plugins changes


  • Pedigree view

More: Pedigree View

  • GeoView

More: GeoView

Update Addons

  • Preferences


  • Draw reports
  • Substitution Keys
  • Alternate Numbering on Descendant report [1]
  • CLI
  • Book
  • Web stuff
  • Improvements on Place report
  • StringOption separated from GUI widget [2]

Under the hood changes


  • Transaction
  • Merging
  • New DB version; and XML DTD (1.4.0) [3]
  • Improvements on Import/Export file formats (vcard, gedcom, xml)


  • python 2.6 and later
  • Metadata gramplet: exif, python-exif (pyexif)


  • Improvements (memory leaks) [4]
  • time for XML import
  • Speed up on gramplets (pedigree)


  • New translations: Ukrainian, Portuguese from Portugal
  • Lang selector on Detailed textual reports
  • Holidays on Calendar reports
  • Improvements on some Date handlers
  • Better translation on some addons
  • cleanup (configure, makefiles)
  • Better support for win32/64 API



Further info

TODO: need to update above content with:

See the 3.3.0 roadmap, the change log and Roadmap.

  • Additional Name Fields [5][6]
  • Tagging
  • Place handling
  • Database (XML /part of GEPS016/, transaction, merging /part of GEPS009/)
  • Sidebar/bottombar [7]
  • New Individual Editor [8][9]
  • Enhanced Pedigree View [10] and support 'config' on views into ancestry category [11].
  • Substitution Keys
  • Draw reports: Ancestor3.3, Descendant3.3, Page_size3.3
  • Exporter has added control of filters and proxies; also has method for seeing intermediate results along the filtering process
  • New simple backup option on menu
  • New gramplets and performance improvements (Pedigree gramplet)
  • Url style on Note object (internal uri)
  • Automatic check for update (Addons)
  • New filter rules
  • Complete tooltips on editors and manual
  • Use language selector on detailled reports, enhancement on place report, translated holiday names, numbering system alternatives on descendant report [12], better support for win32/mac packages, cleanup, need python 2.6 or later, new translations (Ukrainian, Portuguese from Portugal), etc ...

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