Gramps Genealogy Software on Mac OS X

It’s been brought to my attention that somebody has been packaging the open source/GPL Gramps genealogy software for Mac OS X, in Apple Disk Image (DMG) format, for easy installation. Gramps stands for “Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System”

In the past, it was not always easy to install on Macs, as you can see from this Gramps Project blog post from 2005.

One interesting feature of Gramps is that there are quite a few third-party addons that extend the functionality of Gramps above and beyond the default install. These addons are called “Gramplets” and some of the more interesting ones include finding deep/extended relationships between people, various statistics, image manipulation, UI manipulation, the ability to have a single form to work with the census events/data for a person, and other “Gramplets” including timeline and chart sheets.

The latest, Gramp 3.2.5, was released around two months ago, with these updates:

* Fix Gramps so it again runs with Python 2.5
* Write all notes and sources to GEDCOM files
* Cli fixes
* GeneWeb and LegacyGedcom fixes
* NarrativeWeb fixes
* Memory leak fixes
* Various other small fixes
* Many translation updates

You can download the latest stable released here ( As noted above, there are both Intel and Power versions available at the link – they are constantly being updated – the PowerPC version was updated/recompiled earlier this month. Just look for the .dmg files. Even though it’s designed for Linux and Unix-like systems, there are also Windows versions available, as well as bootable ISO CD/DVD images that allow you to have a more portable version to demonstrate or use on another computers, without booting into the host OS.

* Python 2.5 or greater
* PyGTK2 2.12 or greater
* librsvg2 (svg icon view)
* xdg-utils

You can find out more about Gramps at the main Gramps Wiki as well as the Features Page