GED File Type

- The quick facts

What are GED files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a GED file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a GED file?

GED files have multiple uses, and GEDCOM Family History is one of them.

GEDCOM Family History File

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

GED files usually contain family history and genealogy data saved in a standardized ASCII text format. This allows the files to be opened by various 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 various family history facts, such as names, genders, dates of birth, relationships between family members, and other family tree details. In addition, GED files may also contain links to media files relevant to a user's family history.

How to open GED files

We have identified 7 GED openers that are compatible with this specific type of GED file.

Programs that open GEDCOM Family History files

Last updated: June 7, 2022

More file formats using the GED extension

Through our research of GED files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Arts And Letters Graphics File
  • Simply 3D Geometry File

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

yEd Graph EditoryEd Graph EditorUser submitted
Ancestral QuestAncestral QuestUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
Personal Ancestral FilePersonal Ancestral FileUser submitted
Family Tree LegendsFamily Tree LegendsUser submitted
WinAncetreWinAncetreUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Simply 3D ApplicationSimply 3D ApplicationUser submitted
Legacy Family TreeLegacy Family TreeUser submitted
The Complete Genealogy ReporterThe Complete Genealogy ReporterUser submitted

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