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PhpGedView logo.png
PhpGedView Welcome Page screenshot.jpg
Sample PhpGedView Web Page
Original author(s)John Finlay
Developer(s)The PhpGedView Team[1]
Initial releaseJune 2002; 19 years ago (2002-06)[2]
Stable release
4.3.0[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 7 November 2017
Written inPHP
Operating systemWeb server, MySQL, PHP
TypeGenealogy software

PhpGedView is a free PHP-based web application for working with genealogy data on the Internet. The project was founded and is headed by John Finlay.[5][6] It is licensed under the GPL-2.0-or-later license.

PhpGedView is hosted on SourceForge, where it was Project of the Month in December 2003.[7] It is a widely used interactive online genealogy application, with over 1600 registered sites as of November, 2008.[8] On June 26, 2006, the PhpGedView site announced that PhpGedView was the most active project at Sourceforge.[9] It was also second most active in July, 2006.[10]

In early 2010, a majority of active PhpGedView developers stopped development on PhpGedView and created a fork. The new, forked program is called webtrees.[11]


PhpGedView is a multi-user, platform-independent system, allowing for distributed work on a family tree. Users can view, contribute and approve others' contributions, depending on their status. PhpGedView has several modes for protecting the privacy of data,[12] such as protecting all data from unregistered users, or protecting data on living people from unregistered users.

Several types of reports and diagrams can be produced, which can be exported as PDF files for viewing, storing, and printing. Maps can be generated that show all the locations mentioned for a person.

PhpGedView is installed on a web server. The user can either import a GEDCOM file to populate it or build a GEDCOM in place. An external genealogy program can be used to create, edit and upload the GEDCOM. GEDCOMs can also be edited directly in PhpGedView by multiple users registered via the web interface. For each individual in the GEDCOM, a range of data can be recorded, from standard genealogical information, such as dates and places, to employment, education, religion, photos, videos, sources of data, and more. Through version 3 it worked in both MySQL and a non-database index mode.[13] From version 4 on, it works only with a database.

PhpGedView (version 4.1 and up) supports[14] output to GRAMPS XML file format.

PhpGedView can be extended using modules. Several modules are available: interfaces to Gallery 2,[15] phpBB, Lightbox (JavaScript), and Google Maps.[16] PhpGedView previously had an integration module for Joomla which has since been discontinued.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Project Member List, PhpGedView -
  2. ^ PhpGedView - PGVWiki:History- "I soon released the first version on SourceForge in June 2002.– John Finlay"
  3. ^
  4. ^ "readme.txt". Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  5. ^ PhpGedView - PGVWiki:History- "I decided to develop PhpGedView because I wanted to update the genealogy area on my web site and decided to look around for a dynamic GEDCOM to HTML converter. I looked at few programs, but was sadly disappointed at the design and layout of them. This led me to begin creating my own. I soon released the first version on SourceForge in June 2002.– John Finlay"
  6. ^ EOGN's Announcements: Neumont University offers free PhpGedView:April 19, 2006 - "Neumont University instructor John Finlay graduated in Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University and worked in the BYU Harold B. Lee Library Information Systems Department for three years as a web developer. In June 2002, he founded the Open Source genealogy project, PhpGedView."
  7. ^ Project of the Month - SourceForge Project of the Month in December 2003
  8. ^ Sites Using PhpGedView - List of all registered sites running PhpGedView.
  9. ^ PhpGedView #1 Most Active
  10. ^ Project Statistics For PhpGedView - Jul 2006 Rank 2
  11. ^ "still being developed". PhpGedView open discussion forum. PhpGedView. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  12. ^ PhpGedView Privacy (modes)
  13. ^ PhpGedView 4.0 Released
  14. ^ PhpGedView @ Neumont University -
    *Clippings Cart (v4.1)
    ** Add option to zip the GEDCOM/Gramps XML with the associated media files Gramps XML
    *Gramps XML (v4.1)
    ** Add option to download entire GEDCOM in Gramps XML form
    ** Add option to retrieve raw data from the SOAP web service in Gramps XML format
    ** Gramps XML export support to include full source and media support
  15. ^ Main Gallery website - Gallery is an open source web based photo album organizer
  16. ^ PhpGedView puts your ancestors on the Web,, 5 September 2007.
  17. ^ EOL for phpGedView for Joomla! component, 20 February 2011.

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