Run Gramps40 for Windows from source using Python 2.7.3

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This page gives information how to run Gramps 4.0.x from source on a Windows system. After some trials there was the result to focus on 32 bit Python 2.7.3 because of several issues related to Gtk and database connection. All steps were done on Windows 7 64bit German.

There are some parts marked as "TODO ISSUE" because of known issues.

There are some parts marked as "TODO WORK" because it's not done yet (work on progress).


Requirements from README:

  • Python 2.7 or greater, Python 3.2 or greater (python version cannot be mixed)

We use: Python 2.7.3 32 bit from

For all examples assumed to be installed into "C:\Python27".

Comment: For Win7 user it's easier to don't use "C:\Program Files (x86)\..." because fore every change in this folder one has to activate the administrator's rights again and again.

Gtk, pyobject

Requirements from README:

  • GTK 3.0 or greater
  • pygobject 3.3.2 or greater
  • cairo, pango, pangocairo with instrospection bindings (the gi packages)
  • librsvg2 (svg icon view)
  • xdg-utils

Currently there are no official binaries available. With the help of an open source programmer we got this package (here again my personally thank you for his good job supporting Gramps in this way - see here for more of his work:

Comment: For all examples assumed Gtk binaries are stored into "C:\Python27\Lib\site-packages\gtk" and it will be strongly assumed that this value was added to the windows environment variable PATH!

Checking the state of the package using a batch file containing this:

Start Python and call the functions as follows. There should be the same results.


Python 2.7.3 (default, Apr 10 2012, 23:31:26) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on win 32

Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

>>> from gi.repository import GObject

>>> Gtk.get_major_version()


>>> Gtk.get_minor_version()


>>> Gtk.get_micro_version()


>>> from gi.repository import GObject

>>> GObject.pygobject_version

(3, 4, 2)


Requirements from README:

  • Translation of GTK elements to your language, with xx your language code eg for Dutch you need language-pack-gnome-nl. The translation of the Gramps strings is included with the source code.

--> currently skipped

TODO WORK: clarify is it really necessary?

Debug Environment


TODO WORK: description


TODO WORK: description

Start Gramps 4.0

Get Gramps sources

For all examples it's assumed that the Gramps source (e.g. from the repository will be stored into "C:\Gramps4.0".

It's helpful to use a Subversion client for Windows to get these sources. Also if one gets sources only such a tool provides the possibility of history search and or compare and also to mark differences between the current version on the computer and the repository.

There are good experiences using TortoiseSVN from

Prepare Setup

To run we need the translation tools from Download gettext-0.14.4.exe and run it to install.

For all examples assumed to be installed to: "C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\bin" (The default path of the installer)

Run Setup Build

Running " build" generates necessary translation files (*.mo) and the from

Here is an example batch file to run this:

cd C:\Gramps4.0
set path=C:\Python27;C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\bin;%path%
C:\Python27\python build

TODO: WRONG FORMAT FOLLOWS! Still under construction!

The result should look like this: running build Compiling po\bg.po >> share/locale/bg/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\ca.po >> share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\cs.po >> share/locale/cs/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\da.po >> share/locale/da/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\de.po >> share/locale/de/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\el.po >> share/locale/el/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\en_GB.po >> share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\es.po >> share/locale/es/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\fi.po >> share/locale/fi/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\fr.po >> share/locale/fr/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\he.po >> share/locale/he/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\hr.po >> share/locale/hr/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\hu.po >> share/locale/hu/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\it.po >> share/locale/it/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\ja.po >> share/locale/ja/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\lt.po >> share/locale/lt/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\nb.po >> share/locale/nb/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\nl.po >> share/locale/nl/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\nn.po >> share/locale/nn/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\pl.po >> share/locale/pl/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\pt_BR.po >> share/locale/pt_BR/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\pt_PT.po >> share/locale/pt_PT/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\ru.po >> share/locale/ru/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\sk.po >> share/locale/sk/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\sl.po >> share/locale/sl/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\sq.po >> share/locale/sq/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\sv.po >> share/locale/sv/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\uk.po >> share/locale/uk/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\vi.po >> share/locale/vi/LC_MESSAGES. Compiling po\zh_CN.po >> share/locale/zh_CN/LC_MESSAGES. running build_py copying gramps\gen\ -> build\lib\gramps\gen running build_scripts

C:\Gramps4.0>pause Hit any key . . .

Comments: After running this it would be possible to run Gramps from "C:\Gramps4.0" or from some where "C:\Gramps4.0\build\...". For easy handling of sources from the repository the author prefers to run it from "C:\Gramps4.0". It's also possible to generate .mo files by command line jobs. (TODO WORK: description) It's also possible to manipulate manually. (TODO WORK: description)

Currently there is an issue between and that's why we need manually changes in ""C:\Gramps4.0\gramps\gen\, line 203 to 206: In all string paths for LOCALE_DIR , DATA_DIR, IMAGE_DIR, DOC_DIR replace '\' by '\\' TODO ISSUE: To be removed after solving this issue

Work around

TODO ISSUE: remove work arounds not necessary any more As described in issue 6429 there is a work around to have the drop down menu for gramplets in the side or bottom bar working.

Start Gramps

At this point we have a basically running Gramps. Because we didn't add all packages suggested by the README we didn't have the full functionality. TODO WORK: Add the missing packages having a usable version. Because Gramps 4.0 is still under development there are still several issues and crashes (see bug tracker). It's strongly recommended to use test data for validation only!

To run Gramps a batch seems to be helpful: set LANG=en_GB SET LANGUAGE=en_GB

@rem may be some time we need an other language @rem set LANG=de @rem SET LANGUAGE=de

@rem it's a good idea to have a own GRAMPSHOME set GRAMPSHOME=C:\Gramps_test\Gramps40 @rem we need the path of the Gtk binaries set path=C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\gtk;%path%

@rem let's jump to Python binaries C: cd C:\Python27

@rem call for all version information (e.g. as background for any issue) python "C:\Gramps4.0\" -v

@rem let's start Gramps python "C:\Gramps4.0\" pause