GED File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a GED file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .GED files.

What is a GED file?

Files that contain the .ged file extension are GEDCOM genealogy data files. GEDCOM is the abbreviation for Geneological Data Communications.

GED files usually contain family history and genealogy data that is saved in a standardized ASCII text format. This allows the files to be opened by a variety of genealogy applications on multiple computer platforms, making it easy to share the family history information online.

The GED files that a user creates can contain a variety of family history facts, such as names, genders, dates of birth, relationships between family members and other family tree details. GED files may also contain links to media files that may be relevant to a user's family history.

How to open GED files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension GED for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different GED openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension GED

While we know of one file format using the .GED file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .GED file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of GED files. Remember, different programs may use GED files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
MyHeritage Family Tree BuilderMyHeritage Family Tree BuilderUser submitted
Family Tree MakerFamily Tree MakerUser submitted
yEd Graph EditoryEd Graph EditorUser submitted
HeredisHeredisUser submitted
Ancestral QuestAncestral QuestUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
My Family TreeMy Family TreeUser submitted
Personal Ancestral FilePersonal Ancestral FileUser submitted
Family HistorianFamily HistorianUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with GED-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with GED-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!