Running a development version of Gramps

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The following describes one possible scenario for building and running the latest development version of GRAMPS on Ubuntu:


It is beyond the scope of this document, but VirtualBox and VMWare provide a great and relatively easy solution to getting a clean build environment up and running within 30 minutes on Linux.

  • Install a recent version of Ubuntu. The steps in this document have been tested with Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10, 8.04, 10.04 and 10.10.
  • Install the tools we will need:
sudo apt-get install build-essential gnome-common libglib2.0-dev subversion
  • Create a directory for the Gramps source:
cd ~
mkdir gramps
cd gramps
  • Get the latest version of GRAMPS:
svn co
  • Get ready to build GRAMPS:
cd trunk
  • Build GRAMPS:
  • Run Gramps:
python src/

At this point, any time you want to update to the latest version of Gramps, simply run:

cd ~/gramps/trunk
svn update
python src/

If some of the GRAMPS constants have changed and you obtain an error in, rerun the commands and make.