Gramps Portable 5.1.3 (genealogy) Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on April 12, 2021 - 4:26pm

A new version of Gramps Portable has been released. Gramps is a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.



  • Gramplets - A dashboard to help you monitor the progress of your research. A variety of widgets provide quick analysis of your data and more.
  • People - A list of every individual in your records featuring birth/death dates and more.
  • Relationships - A summary of the active person’s parents, siblings, spouses and children.
  • Families - A list of every family group featuring parent names, relationship status and, if applicable, marriage dates.
  • Ancestry - A graphic representation of the active person’s ancestry featuring photos and birth/death dates.
  • Events - A list of every event in your records featuring descriptions, event types, dates and places.
  • Places - A list of every place in your records featuring place names and location details.
  • Geography - An interactive map view highlighting places associated with one person, a group of people or all people in your records.
  • Sources - A list of all sources referenced in your records featuring authors and publication details.
  • Citations - A list of all citations referenced in your records featuring quality, date, volume and page.
  • Repositories - A list of source repositories referenced in your records featuring web addresses, physical addresses and email contact information.
  • Media - A list of all photos, videos and other media referenced in your records featuring thumbnail preview, media type and more.
  • Notes - A list of all text notes included in your records featuring note type and preview.

Learn more about Gramps Installer / Format

Gramps Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Gramps Portable is available for immediate download from the Gramps Portable homepage. Get it today!

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Version 5.0 and later of Gramps may not be able to import data from version 3.x automatically. If you upgraded from a previous version of Gramps, your old version was copied to a GrampsPortableLegacy directory alongside your upgraded one. You can open that version and export to Gramps XML format, then create a new family tree in Gramps 5.1 and import your data if you encounter issues.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Read that the earlier release was created so they could continue to run Gramps on some aging WinXP boxes. Is this still a 32bit version of Gramps Portable? And will it run on XP?


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This is the 32-bit build for maximum compatibility as people move around. It does not appear to support Windows XP.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

An Italian new user was having problems getting GrampsPortable to run in his language. So I did some experiments and came up with the following:

Even though I choose Italian in the Installer, GrampsPortable still ran in English. (I do not know if the spellcheck Dictionary used the Italian version. It looked like the 'Enchant' was still pointed at the English. Certainly, the Italian dictionary and AFF file were still in the "myspell-all" folder rather than the "mysppell" folder. )

So I looked at the various settings files. In the [Language] section of the GrampsPortable settings, the "DefaultIfNotExists=" was still set to "en_US" (English, USA dialect). I searched for the Italian file and it was labeled "it_IT". Updating the settings file in a text editor (I used Notepad++) made GrampsPortable run in Italian.

The location of the settings file to update when installed on a USB drive mounted was drive letter "G:"


The setting file chunk to be updated:



Gramps Portable is using system language or language set by PortableApps Platform.
Older Gramps Portable versions < 3.4.9 used a setting at GrampsPortable\Data\GrampsPortableSettings.ini as well.

Please don't use this news announcement for support questions.