GDBI - Gedcom DataBase Interface
What is GDBI?
GDBI is a genealogy program integrator.
- For PhpGedView users...
GDBI is a family tree editor that runs on your local PC.
It is more convenient and powerful than the web interface.
- For Java developers...
GDBI is an API for using GEDCOM,
so you can write editors and reports that work with several databases.
You can see how BKEdit works by running this
BKEdit, an editor based on
The LifeLines report language (.ll files).
This originally comes from
and was then ported to Java in
a java application for browsing and plotting genealogical information.
A new match/merge system that is under development.
Integration layers to databases in 3 other applications:
Download and Installation
- Which file to download?
Each release consists of 4 download files, 3 binaries and the source code.
There are separate binaries for each of the databases
that GDBI integrates with.
The instructions for each database is different --
see the appropriate link:
- Java required
What is common for the 3 binary downloads is that
you must install Java to use them.
You can download it (for free) from
The core of GDBI
The real value of GDBI (for Java programmers)
is not the current set of features;
it is the Java code at its core.
It has a set of Java interfaces
that make it easy to add editors and reports above it
and access various databases below it.
The restriction is that everything must be very GEDCOM oriented.
The core is just a Gedcom DataBase Interface.
||(more editors and reports)
The PGV/GDBI Paradigm Shift
The most popular use of GDBI is as the editor for PhpGedView.
This is a whole new way of maintaining your family tree
and sharing it with your family.
The traditional approach is to occasionally put a snapshot on the web.
That required generating a GEDCOM file from your favorite genealogy program
and converting the GEDCOM to HTML.
favorite genealogy program
Now with PhpGedView, the GEDCOM file is not a snapshot, it is your main data.
You probably generate it originally from another genealogy program,
but once you set up PhpGedView, the GEDCOM file takes on a life of its own,
and you throw your old genealogy program away.
You do basic editing on the web page, and use GDBI for more serious editing.
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