About webtrees

webtrees is the web's leading on-line collaborative genealogy application. It is open source software, and costs $ zero - yes, that means totally FREE!

All you need to use it is a website with PHP and MySQL installed.

It works from standard GEDCOM files, and is therefore compatible with every  major desktop application; and it aims to be efficient and effective by using the right combination of third-party tools, design techniques and open standards.


Transferring from PhpGedView

Moving all your important data and configuration settings from an existing PhpGedView ("PGV") setup to webtrees is a quick and painless process.

webtrees has an easy-to-use "wizard" to transfer most of your information, assuming your PGV install meets certain requirements.

See our WIKI page for further details and the few exceptions.

So why not give webtrees a try? There is nothing to lose and a lot to be gained!



1.6.0 released 12 Oct 2014

webtrees version 1.6.0 is now available for download. This release includes bug fixes, translation updates, code optimizations, and performance improvements.  One of the most processor intensive tasks is date manipulation. This code has been rewritten and hopefully you'll find the code a little more responsive. It also means that you can now use the calendar functions on servers that do not support the native PHP conversion functions.

There is one new feature - the ability to merge entire trees. Useful when a relative sends you a GEDCOM file, or when you've used the clippings cart to extract data and move it between trees.

If you are currently using the latest version, you should be able to use the automatic update facility.


Note: webtrees 1.6.x requires PHP5.3 or later. If your server only supports PHP5.2, then you should install webtrees 1.4.6.

Note that it is harmless to accidentally install webtrees-1.6.0 on a PHP-5.2 server. You'll simply get a message telling you to re-install the appropriate version.

See the wiki site for upgrade tips! (wiki.webtrees.net/en/Upgrading).

Web Hostingweb hosting

webtrees must be installed on a web server.

This can be your own, or one of the hundreds advertised on the web. It must conform to the webtrees requirements described on this page:

Wiki: System Requirements.

If you prefer a host that specialises in webtrees, the following page lists some suppliers able to provide one for you:

Specialist web hosting advertisements.