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This section gives an overview of changes since Gramps version 4.2. These changes are also detailed later in this manual. Users of Gramps upgrading from version 4.1 or 4.2 are encouraged to review this section to be sure to take advantage of these new features when they start using version 5.0.

Before you upgrade

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Creating an archive alone to safeguard your data might not be appropriate before upgrading. In the unlikely event that Gramps 5.0 corrupts your database, it could also corrupt the archive. An backup of your data 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 3.4 or Gramps 4.1
  2. Open your family tree
  3. Back up the family tree to the gramps xml format or the gramps xml package format (the gramps xml package includes your photographs and other media files associated with your family tree data). Backup your tree via menu Family Trees->Make Backup....
  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 5.0. Using your operating system's regular installation process to do this will in most cases ensure that the new Gramps 5.0 installation will not clash with your older version of Gramps. However, it may be safer to uninstall Gramps 3.4 before installing Gramps 5.0, or make sure you install Gramps 5.0 in a different location. This is always necessary if you are installing from the source code. For more information on installing Gramps 5.0, please see Downloading the latest Gramps

After you install Gramps 5.0, you can open your existing family trees and continue working. In case of problems (e.g., after a complete system upgrade), import the backup file(s) created above to recreate your family tree(s).

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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

Changes visible after the migration: interface, data.

Data Model

There are changes to the data model:

  1. New date and language fields on place name

  • A Family Tree cannot be opened in Gramps 3.4/4.0/4.1/4.2 and Gramps 5.0 without upgrade or downgrade.
  • A Gramps XML file generated by Gramps 3.4/4.0/4.1/4.2 is not identical to one generated by Gramps 5.0.

See detailed changes for more details on internal database.



Reports, Tools, Gramplets

Under the hood changes

Technical stuff


  • Support python3 only. ( python2 support dropped)
  • Need GTK+ 3.10 and pygobject 3.12 or greater versions

Further information

More information.





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