Gramps 3.2 Wiki Manual - Getting started

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In this chapter, we'll begin with the basics. We'll show you how to start GRAMPS and how to get help when you need it.

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If you installed Gramps via one of the installation packages, an entry for Gramps will have been created in the Application menu. In Linux Gramps is normally installed in the Office section.

Command line use

Like many applications that started on Linux, Gramps allows command line operation, allowing you to create reports, do conversion, ..., without opening a window. Command line use of Gramps can also help to fix problems, as extra information is printed in the terminal window. To start Gramps like this, type in a terminal:


and then pressing Enter. For more information, see the Command Line appendix.

Choosing a Family Tree

Fig.1.1 Initial window

If GRAMPS is started without a family tree selected, the initial screen will have little functionality. Most operations will not be available. To load a family tree (also referred to as database), select in the menu Family Trees->Manage Family Trees to open the family tree manager, or click the Family Tree icon in the toolbar. Gramps keeps track of your recently opened Family Trees, and these can be selected by clicking on the arrow next to the Family Tree button and choosing from the drop down menu.

For more detailed information on the Family Tree manager and the Family Trees menu, see the chapter dedicated to this: Manage Family Trees.

Obtaining Help

GRAMPS has a Help menu that you can consult at any time. It includes the following items:

  • User manual: An electronic version of the manual that you can access while you work in GRAMPS.
  • FAQ: A list of Frequently Asked Questions about GRAMPS.
  • Tip of the day: Displays the "Tip of the day" dialog.
  • Plugin status: Use this item to display the status of any plugins you may have added.
  • GRAMPS home page: This item opens your web browser and connects to the GRAMPS' project web site.
  • GRAMPS mailing lists: This item opens your web browser to the GRAMPS mailing list page. At this page, you can browse the mailing list archives or join the mailing list
  • Report a bug: Choose this item to file a bug report in our bug tracking system. (Remember, GRAMPS is a living project. We want to know about any problems you encounter so we can work to solve them for everyone's benefit.)
  • About: This item displays a dialog with general information about the GRAMPS version you are running.

You can also see Start with Genealogy.

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