Gramps for Windows

by Don Allingham
This is where you review the Windows version of Gramps. The Unix and Windows versions have enough differences from the Windows version that it should be reviewed separately. Please go to the main Gramps page to review Gramps on Unix, or go to the Gramps for Windows page to review the Windows version.

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Overall142.82 out of 52.82 out of 52.82 out of 52.82 out of 52.82 out of 5 2.82
201515 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00
201432.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 5 2.73
Earlier101.56 out of 51.56 out of 51.56 out of 51.56 out of 51.56 out of 5 1.56

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Gramps for Windows Review by Jim Family,  Sep 2, 2015

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Have used earlier version and now using latest Gramps Windows AIO 4.2-1 64bit on Windows 7 sp1 64bit Home Premium. Installed it in non administrator standard account to see how well it would handle that. To help you better compare this usage of Gramps, this desktop pc has MSI 785GM-P45 motherboard, AMD Athlon x2 245 2 core cpu, 8 GB Dual-channel DDR3 666MHz ram, MSI ATI Radeon HD 5450 Graphics card, AOC F22 23 inch display monitor, 500 GB Seagate ST500DMO SATA 3 main hdd, 1 TB Samsung HD103SJ SATA 3 storage hdd, Optiarc DVD RW AD-7260S SATA 3 Optical drive all powered by LSP 550 watt ATX power supply. This system was built in 2007, has run 24 hrs a day 7 days a week never turned off except when power outage then turned back on. You can see it is kind of old, but runs well.

Installing Gramps for windows AIO 4.2-1 64 bit on this system in standard user account took less than 5 min. I had the KIS 2015 protection paused while installing. Clicking on the Gramps AIO exe launched the installer writing the folders and files to their appropriate places then started the compiler which complied all required apps, placed only 1 icon on the desktop which was the Gramps startup launch icon. It created a Gramps folder in the programs menu and placed 3 icons in there to launch Gramps startup, Gramps console,and Gramps debug, if ever needed.

Gramps AIO installed all it’s directories and files in the user account\apps\local apps, and user account\apps\roaming. I checked the registery and could not find any added modifications.

I set up a c:\Gramps Storage\ folder on the root drive with my folders of media, photos, images, documents, etc; and in Gramps set this as my relative media path.

I launched gramps selected the menu for checking for, downloading and installing the most current up to date apps and gramplets, this completed quickly, in the preferences menu, I set what I desired. I set up a newly named family tree then loaded it.

In the places category, I entered all the places I had written down, country, state, county, city, etc; and set these to view and work in group format, really handy for me. I then selected the peoples category and entered all that I currently have and any associated information. Then I selected the families category with the most recent (youngest) person in the peoples category selected, I added the fater and mother, set their relationship type, then added the marriage event and date. when clicking OK, a window pops up to allow selecting the relationship between the chield and both parents, birth, stepchild, adopted, etc;, clicking ok when finished. I then clicked the child + symbol and added each child in that family and their associated event information, birth, death, etc;. When completed with that family, I selected the father of that family to be the child of the next family event, then associated the father, mother and continued on as previously described, working my way up to the oldest and last family event.

When finished I clicked on the charts category, and behold, I have a pedigree or desendants chart that is amasing. I can click on any of them, to add or modify, etc; and every thing stays in sync. While doing this in Gramps, I found it to be very responsive, and quick to update its database as I add, modify or remove any item I decide to change. If you make a lot of modifications, it might hesitate just a little bit as it updates its database for all the changes and saves them, but this is expected. I am still doing research on the internet and in person and adding people, places, events, sources, etc; and find Gramps to be a well qualified Genealogy program to work with and use. It does not take a whole lot of effort or time to understand and use this program, a little reading here and there and from the forums and trying things yourself.

In closing I want to add that I and many others, truly appreciate, the developers and programmers time and work they put in to achieving such a fantastic Genealogy program with no monetary pay for their efforts. A truly heartfelt thanks to all you people.


Biggest Pro: Performance, usability, reliability, GUI.
Biggest Con: None, if I, a 71 year old retired person can use it, anyone can.

Gramps for Windows Review by VHT,  Dec 25, 2014

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

Initially it seemed to work OK on Windows 8. But having added about 50 people Gramps started to slow down, i.e. Windows wouldn’t open or close, which became increasingly frustrating. Then the entire database got corrupted, which the repair utility didn’t resolve. Although I used the backup function, there doesn’t seem to be a utility to recover the database from the backup. As a result, I lost all data! I will not use this application ever again.

Biggest Pro: GUI OK, multiple views
Biggest Con: Corrupted database with no tool to repair or revover from backup.

Gramps for Windows Review by Ad,  Dec 24, 2014

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

I use it 2 years iyt is not allway simpet

Biggest Pro: The grapical interface
Biggest Con: It takes time to overcome de learning curve

Gramps for Windows Review by Not ready for prime time,  Jul 8, 2014

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

I’m sure that someday this will be good software but right now it’s not the greatest. I have been going around in circles trying to add a spouse. The documentation doesn’t match version 4 in this respect so it’s no help. I really tried to give this a chance but after entering quite a bit of data I got nowhere fast which is too bad. I like the idea of open source but just because it’s opensource and team developed doesn’t mean it’s any good.

Biggest Pro: open source
Biggest Con: not intuitive, sketchy documentation

Gramps for Windows Review by J. Poole,  Dec 9, 2013

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

I reviewed Gramps a while ago, when I was using Ubuntu. Since, circumstances have moved me to Windows 8, and I’ve found that many of the criticisms of Gramps from Windows people are justified. It can’t handle placing its windows correctly on Win OS, leading to endless moving windows around if you have a laptop sized screen. And the latest all-in-one for windows leaves an empty Python terminal open continuously, needlessly cluttering up the taskbar. The Gramps developers come across as quite proud of their anti-Windows bias, relegating that platform to an all-in-one sidebar activity. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s how it looks from here… and so I doubt that Windows irritants are high on their priority list.

If you are a person who wants a well behaved Windows app, this may not be the best genealogy program for you. I’m less impressed than I was in my Ubuntu days, and have considered other options.

Biggest Pro: Free
Biggest Con: It’s really a Linux application. If you aren’t, tread carefully…

Gramps for Windows Review by Eduard,  Dec 1, 2013

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I prefer quality products for Windows.

Biggest Con: Not native for microsoft products

Gramps for Windows Review by Douglas T Watts,  Jun 17, 2013

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Too Complex hen it came to adding a spouse???

Gramps for Windows Review by Hal Bates,  May 29, 2013

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

This program is junk. Every time I run a report to produce a web output I get a different result any changes to the data or report criteria whatsoever. Rubbish.

Gramps for Windows Review by Hal Bates,  May 26, 2013

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I found it very difficult to use and it is not intuitive.

Biggest Pro: Very extensive for recording information about each person
Biggest Con: Hard to use or figure out

Gramps for Windows Review by Doug,  Jan 27, 2013

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

Whilst it clearly has many features inputting even basic information is far too complicated and the doucmentation is weak. Even a simple task like creating a marriage link between two people isn’t intuitive and the information required (available names of the right gender) simply does not display. I’m sure it is a fine programme if you have the time and desire to overcome the steep learning curve and complex operations, but get-up-and-go it isn’t.

Biggest Pro: Depth of features
Biggest Con: Interface far too complex

Gramps for Windows Review by CAB,  Jan 25, 2013

Not Rated

The only text it accepts is English. I have relatives in other countries and they have names in another languages…

No, this doesn’t work for me.

Biggest Pro: Don’t know. Didn’t get in too far.
Biggest Con: No Unicode support

Gramps for Windows Review by niteowl,  Jun 22, 2012

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

This software is the worst genealogy software for entering info I have ever used, I have been a genealogist for 22 years and would NOT recommend this software, free or not.

Biggest Pro: privacy
Biggest Con: navigation and data entry

Gramps for Windows Review by DougVL,  Sep 22, 2011

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

Kind of interesting, but I had to use the Portable Apps version, which isn’t the latest.
I tried and tried, but could not fill the ‘dependencies’ for installing the Windows version. It needs a LOT of other software, installed in very particular ways. And following the instructions exactly, it still wouldn’t work.

I’m mainly looking for charts that show relatives, not just ancestors or descendants. This has such a chart, but only saved as SVG file format. It’s been pretty hard to find a way to use that.

Biggest Pro: Has an ‘all relatives’ or ‘everyone’ chart
Biggest Con: ‘all relatives’ or ‘everyone’ chart produced in SVG file format

Gramps for Windows Review by DougVL,  Jan 1, 2011

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I spent 2 or 3 hours trying to get it to work in Windows Vista. There is a problem with it using GTK2 - it claims it can’t find it. I found comments about adjusting the DOS PATH and tried them. Can’t get it to work and gave up.
I read that it might be able to import a CSV file. I want to make a mass change to a GEDcom file, so I exported and changed it. Now I need a program to get it back into GEDcom format.


Biggest Pro: might work with CSV files
Biggest Con: Can’t make it work in Windows Vista.