What are GED files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a GED file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your GED files.
What is a GED file?
GED files have multiple uses, and GEDCOM Family History is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
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 eight GED openers that are compatible with this specific type of GED file.
Programs that open GEDCOM Family History files
Last updated: July 30, 2023
All known file formats using extension .GED
While GEDCOM Family History File is a popular type of GED-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .GED file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Arts And Letters Graphics File
We know that one GED format is Arts And Letters Graphics File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different GED openers which you will find listed below.
Simply 3D Geometry File
We know that one GED format is Simply 3D Geometry File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
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 Editor||User submitted|
|Ancestral Quest||User submitted|
|Family Tree Legends||User submitted|
|Microsoft Office||User submitted|
|Simply 3D Application||User submitted|
|Legacy Family Tree||User submitted|
|The Complete Genealogy Reporter||User submitted|
|Brother's Keeper||User submitted|
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