Third-party Addons

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Third-party plugins give you more tools to work with your genealogy data in GRAMPS. This page lists plugins written by users to work with the 3.1.x series version of GRAMPS, to be released in March 2009.

Plugins for the previous version: 3.0.x Third-party Plugins page.

Please Note:

These plugins may not be officially part of GRAMPS. Feature requests and bugs with these plugins should be directed to the contact information below.

Installing Plugins in GRAMPS

To use one of these plugins add the file(s) to your GRAMPS User Directory in the plugins subdirectory, and restart GRAMPS (alternitively you can reload all plugins by selecting 'Help > Plugin Status > Reload Plugins').

That's it. The Plugin Status window will show you which plugins failed to load, double click on such an entry shows you the error. You can mail this error to the plugin author for non-official plugins.

Gramps:Third Party Gramplets

To install a Gramplet Plugin:

  1. click on the download link
  2. if the download is a file that ends in .py, save it in your GRAMPS User Directory, in the plugins folder
  3. if the download is a file that ends in .zip or .gz, save the contents of the file in your GRAMPS User Directory, in the plugins folder
  4. restart gramps, OR reload the plugins from the Help -> Plugin Status -> Reload button.

Note: If you are attempting to override an older plugin, the .py filename should be different from the original. For example, if you have an older save the newer as where 101 might be the version number.

Information for Plugin writers

Share it

Have you written a plugin for GRAMPS you want to share with the world? Here's how you do it:

  • Add the correct license. GRAMPS is GPLv2, you use the GRAMPS plugin system, so make sure you have the correct license at the top of your file. See Howto: Contribute to GRAMPS
  • Create a filename.tar.gz file of your plugin code
  • Upload the code to this wiki
  • Add a description of your plugin to this page. If possible, create a new wiki page, and refer to that page here, with a short description of what the plugin does

Internationalize it

There is a big possibility that you are not a native English speaker and want your report in your mother tongue. To enable others to use your report, and make it easy to include your report later in GRAMPS without large changes, do the following for text:

Translation function

  • Suppose you have a string Name, which you want for your own use in French, so Nom. Then write a translation function with the name _.
  • For every string, pass it through your translation function: _("Name")
  • Your translation function should then look like this:
mytranslation = {
   'Name' : "Nom"

from gettext import gettext
import locale
lang = locale.getlocale()[0]
if lang:
    lang = lang.split('_')[0]
def _(string):
    if lang == 'fr':
        return mytranslation.get(string, gettext(string))
        return gettext(string)

Change here 'fr' by the language code of your language

  • If the report becomes part of GRAMPS, it will suffice to delete this code and replace it by
from gettext import gettext as _
  • Note that you only need to include strings that are not yet a part of GRAMPS, as those will be translated automatically by the gettext routine


  • We support right to left languages like Arabic, so never constructs text parts by concatenation of pieces. Always use full sentences/paragraphs with variable substitution, so that a right to left language can translate it correctly.


  • There is a possible template which lists references.

Translators may add references to their main translation.