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 Mac page to review the Mac version.

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201742.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 5 2.73
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Gramps for Windows Review by BMP Norfolk,  Mar 13, 2018

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

I confess to being a non techy and well stricken in years but I am a science graduate and not yet senile and use professionally the standard “office” type apps such as Excel etc so not completely computer illiterate. Found the product totally useless and “manual” utter gibberish. Why not a simple” how to use it ” section with references to more complex functions as when and if needed rather than endless tech speak prating and jargon. As it was I wasted a whole long day trying to just load a .gedcom file with no success. Now uninstalled and disk binned/ Might be great if you want a complex puzzle to play with not of any value as a useable tool.

Biggest Pro: Sems to have uninstalled cleanly
Biggest Con: Useless waste of time

Gramps for Windows Review by Charles DiGiovanna,  Mar 1, 2018

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

I have tried very possible way I know to get the program to import all the records of a CSV file but regardless of how many records are in the file the program captures only every third one. I have spent hours trying to figure this out and with no online product support my head is starting to really hurt from my banging it against a brick wall of not-a-clue from the program.

Biggest Pro: imports CSV and exports GEDCOM
Biggest Con: Only imports every third record.

Gramps for Windows Review by Erdeslau,  Feb 25, 2018

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

If people want to see more and faster improvements in the product and/or it’s help/documentation they really need to get involved instead of simply complaining. That’s what Open Source is about, rather than grumbling that someone else should do all the work.

Biggest Pro: OpenSource and under continuous development by people who have a genuine interest in the subject and plenty of support is available if you have the patience to explore. That used to be no problem for dedicated family history researchers, but too many people now seem to be dependent on the ‘instant gratification’ offered in advertising by Ancestry and others.
Biggest Con: Some people seem to find the application’s approach/design difficult to grasp as witnessed by the earlier reviews

Gramps for Windows Review by Denis,  Feb 23, 2018

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

Gramps would probably skyrocket to the top of all genealogy apps if only it had a USER FORUM. In user forums, so many questions get answered. I’m absolutely not a PC dummy, and in fact people commonly come to me for general guidance in many common software apps.

But I have now invested a full day of my life in Gramps that I will never get back. It would have been so simple to find answers with a user group forum, but there doesn’t appear to be one. Unfortunately I will now move to another genealogy software. If necessary, I might be able to import everything back into Gramps should the need arise.

Biggest Pro: Looks like a very detailed application with everything you will ever need.
Biggest Con: No user forum where peers have already worked through standard problems and are happy to share.

Moderators note: GRAMPS User Forum is at:

Gramps for Windows Review by Rob Hoogenbos,  Jan 5, 2018

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

An ambitious free all encompassing genealogical software suite which keeps improving as it enters its next evolution.

Now anticipating a working cross-platform edition to include interactive use on portable devices.

Biggest Pro: reliability and versatility thanks to an wide range op ´gramplets´ i.e. free add-on products extending the program.
Biggest Con: As a database system a lot more is possible ´under the hood´ than is apparent from just filling out the forms. See forum discussions.

Gramps for Windows Review by Donald,  Jan 4, 2018

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

Gramps may seem confusing at first glance, but once you watch the Youtube tutorials and read through the manual on how to do things it becomes a lot easier to use. Gramps is a very comprehensive program which includes many features you won’t find in other programs, paid or free. You can add so much detail with Gramps it is insane. The Reports are the best I have seen in any program and works best with Libreoffice. Gramps also gives you the ability to map using Google, Bing or Openmaps. On top of all of this the add ons give you more options such as the ability to use the Forms gramplet to make transcriptions of documents such as Census records. Best of all it is 100% free and Open Source as well as available on Windows, Linux and Mac. Check it out it is awesome.

Biggest Pro: Very comprehensive, free and open source.
Biggest Con: Learning curve can be daunting.

Gramps for Windows Review by Phill,  Sep 21, 2017

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

50 years i have bean doing Genealogy and this is the most difficult convoluted program i have ever used like most it dose not like Gedcoms and will corrupt half your data it will also fail to load another 5% due to letter limitations in its record keeping after a week i still cant get it to show me a correct chart it will show me 2 generations out of 5000 in my tree LMAO how they claim this program is one of the best or Won a users choice award i don’t know, i would suggest some one received a large backhander, i did note you cant review this program on Gramp’s without giving them more information about yourself than i want and that at least 50% of the reviews here are word for word the same as on there web site from the same reviewers that makes me suspicious Sorry guys but i whoulde’nt use this rubbish if you payed me if you want good reliable free Genealogy software i recommend My Heritage on its worse day it is 1000% better than this crap

Biggest Pro: nothing i can say
Biggest Con: they claim to be fare better than they actually are

Gramps for Windows Review by David Warren,  Aug 30, 2017

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

Gramps totally ceases up mys win 10 system to thepoint that a ’system ‘crash’ and cold boot is necessary to resume operations.

When I try to open the program it says it is already running, although it does not appear so on either the screen or tray and the base of the screen.

Gramps for Windows Review by McMahon,  Mar 14, 2017

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

Provides a full suite of features including a wide range of text and graphic reports and is very customisable with (included) addons–called Gramps. The programme also allows you to backup and export your data and media.

Biggest Pro: Full suite of features
Biggest Con: Steep learning curve

Gramps for Windows Review by J,  Jan 11, 2017

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

I am very frustrated. I don’t know whether this is just awful software; nobody has tried it on Windows 10 or I am doing something dumb. I have uninstalled it about 10 times. My computer says it is successful uninstalled. I restart. I download again. I select the option for the program to be used by anyone using my computer.

When I reinstall, I get an error message saying “Gramps is already running.” If so, I can’t see it and it should not be running. Then I see all the old trees I can’t open—that’s why I reinstalled! I try to import a GEDCOM. (I’ve also downloaded that about 10 times from a different site.) It says it’s locked by me, even though I selected the option for anyone using my computer to be able to use the program. It says to use the “force unlock” option. I can’t find such an option. The links on the dashboard to the Gramps site do not work at all. If I go to the site and use the wiki, half the links are to things different from what is indicated. I can’t find the force unlock option anywhere.

Biggest Pro: It’s free
Biggest Con: It doesn’t work; the manual is useless; the links in the dashboard don’t work, etc.

Gramps for Windows Review by Peter,  Sep 29, 2016

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

Not impressed at all.

Has to be one of the most disjointed database handling pieces of software I’ve used. Nothing flows here. It is a continuous struggle to input data. I don’t expect flick and tick but this is so far from being acceptable as a genealogy programme.

I know that it is free and open source, but it is not worth retaining or persisting with. It will be uninstalled and a better programme sourced elsewhere.

Biggest Pro: Free
Biggest Con: Too many to mention. It’s a shame really as I had been looking forward to using it. Oh well !!

Gramps for Windows Review by Donald,  Sep 13, 2016

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

This program actually exceeded my expectations. Definitely a good program to use if you don’t want to buy a program. Has versions for all OS platforms which is good and I definitely recommend Open Source as the way to go. Definitely on par with software like FTM, Legacy and Rootsmagic.

Biggest Pro: Free Open Source, fully functional and versions for all OS’s.
Biggest Con: Biggest Con I’ve seen is probably installation does take a bit longer. Other than that I do not see anything.

Gramps for Windows Review by Brian,  Aug 16, 2016

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

Installed GRAMPS yesterday, with no prior genealogical software experience. I’ve been collecting data for a few months in a spreadsheet based on Excel2GED (also a free download) and used it to create the GEDCOM file. Got an enormous amount of errors! OK, some were mine and GRAMPS does a good job of finding them. But the biggest problem was the _CHAN tag (indicating the change date) which is used in Excel2GED but not recognized by GRAMPS. Comment out the three lines in the Excel2Go macro and - no more errors! Couldn’t find this anywhere online so that’s why I’m reporting it here in case it helps others. If you aren’t that familiar with VBA, just search the btnExport_Click macro for _CHAN and comment out or delete the three consecutive lines that reference this. It’s too early to give a full review but I had none of the installation problems noted elsewhere. I have about 450 records, no performance issues yet. So rated it 4 for now.

Biggest Pro: Worked first time, solid validation checks, even the basic features I’ve seen already are very helpful
Biggest Con: More helpful error messages would have been nice

Gramps for Windows Review by David,  Aug 12, 2016

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

I downloaded the portable version of Gramps from portableapps . com. When it starts up it warns that it can’t find some module called OsmGpsMap. I tried to find online such a thing and came up empty. The Gramps Help is an online wiki which is pretty much impossible to find anything on. Apparently OsmGpsMap is some module that lets python interact with Google Earth or Open Street Map. I’m not willing to dig into the internals of Python to figure out where to find it and how to install it. A portable program should already have all it’s dependencies resolved and included in the package. Once you ignore the missing module message and dismiss its window it then lets you load a GEDCOM and see the main screen.

I was not impressed. It seems that the developers are more interested in their program than they are in my data. You’re immediately confronted with something called Gramplets. One is a Welcome screen, one is a FAQ, and one corner of the screen is completely blank, except for a message to load a Gramplet into it. No people anywhere! Yes, you can click on “People” on a menu along the left hand side and get to a view of your individuals, similarly you can click on “Family” and “Ancestry” (but not “Descendants”) and get those views, but it seems to me that the developers have their priorities backwards. This is just the first of many instances where the user interface is odd to the point of being unintuitive because the developers haven’t put the priority on making a nice, easy to use, intuitive user interface that lets you get on with entering your people and being helpful instead of getting in your way.

Yes, it’s probably great that they have a way to add features to the program. Yes, I can probably make this work if I’m willing to put enough time and effort into it, probably by writing my own Gramplets. No, it’s definitely not ready for prime time on Windows 10. It looks like it’s got potential. It looks like if you’re willing to either work with their convoluted GUI or write your own Gramplets then you can make it work. All the basic bits and pieces are there. You can enter new people and places and dates and events and sources and notes. You can see ancestors and families and descendants. But it doesn’t work the way I want it to. At all!

I’d like to have a menu of people, or better yet a tree of people organized by last name along the left hand margin, not a bunch of Gramplet names. The frequently used program functions to change views should be on the top toolbar or menu or ribbon, like other Windows programs. I’d like to have a view where I can see and add all the quick facts about an entire family on one screen, without opening separate windows for each person, each event, and each place. I don’t want to see meaningless information (Duh!) in my events, like the “main participant” to a birth event being the person himself. Hide the crap that only the program needs to know and use my valuable screen real estate for the facts I’m interested in. Make it easy for me to see my notes and sources by putting them right next to the facts and events they relate to. When showing me my individuals, don’t take up half the screen with a complex Filter Gramplet that most of the time I don’t need. Make the Descendants Gramplet one of the main views and make it dynamic, so I can close off parts of the descendants tree I’m not interested. Last but not least, let me have my preferred date form: dd Mon yyyy. I don’t want dd Month yyyy or dd MON yyyy. Every other possibility is covered except the one I want!

But modern genealogy programs should do more than that. Nowhere does this program try to interrogate any internet site, so far as I can see. That’s really sad. All the major paid software works with at least one online genealogy data provider. The only thing you can download from the internet into Gramps is more Gramplets. Ideally, Gramps wouldn’t just let me run online queries, but would automatically present me with hints like ancestry . com does. And I really want a genealogy program to vet my place names against a data base to complete them and make sure the places actually exist. Mapping would be a great extra, but vetting is required even if the software doesn’t have an available mapping service.

Biggest Pro: Flexible Gramplets
Biggest Con: Horrible, nonintuitive, outdated, practically unusable GUI.

Gramps for Windows Review by David Henry,  Aug 12, 2016

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

The installation ran without problems and easily imported a GEDCOM file from my ancient DOS program.
A quick check showed that relationships were all complete.
I was less impressed by the Web reports. Several parent-child relationships that were visible on the People pages were not visible on the generated web pages.
Also, while the top level list of Surnames was accurate, drilling down to the individuals with that Surname showed only a partial list.

Biggest Pro: Imports GEDCOM
Biggest Con: Generated web pages

Gramps for Windows Review by J T Waterfield,  Jun 20, 2016

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

Installed on Windows 10; installer reported ‘OK’ though I was bothered by an earlier line which warned of various errors, including ‘runpy module not found’ or similar. Would not run; at most I’d get an hourglass over the icon for a few seconds…

Uninstalled and reinstalled in its default directory in case that made a difference (_not_ somewhere I’d want a program…) - nope, still the same non-performance.

I’ll try the Linux version on another machine, because I’ve read good things about the software, but that’s already going further than I would normally - I reckon if there’s a Windows installer provided, and it says ‘intall ok’, then it should work…

Biggest Pro: Free; uninstall seems to work effectively
Biggest Con: Didn’t actually run.

Gramps for Windows Review by Brian Lewis,  Feb 2, 2016

Not Rated

I am running windows insider previews and gramps 4.2.2 does not appear to run now. It did on previous versions?? Any thoughts.

Gramps for Windows Review by Jan,  Jan 29, 2016

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

Only the best :)

Gramps for Windows Review by Dora Smith,  Jan 10, 2016

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

I installed it in Ubuntu and in Windows. Ubuntu version won’t run because it needs great big other things installed that I’d have to figure out. Windows was blocked by my antivirus, both from installing, and from running. Finally I got the program to open.

No intuitive way to add a person. Evidently you’re supposed to add sources and ten million other things, including ALL of your places, first! Well, I got it to add a person anyway. It let me add the name - but no way to tab from one field to another. You can only add the date. You have to click to select the gender; typing f or m doesn’t do it. You can only SELECT the place - you can’t type it in!

That’s as far as I went. This software is absolutely, completely, ridiculous.

Biggest Pro: I didn’t find any pros
Biggest Con: Designed by total idiots?

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.

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