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Installing webtrees takes only a few minutes. All you need is a webserver with PHP and MySQL. Almost every web hosting service provides these.

If you have command-line access to your server, and administrator privileges, you can also install webtrees using any RPM package manager.

Download and install the application files

  • Download the latest version of webtrees from
  • Unzip the files and upload them to an empty folder on your web server.
  • Open your web browser and type the URL for your webtrees site (for example, into the address bar.
  • The webtrees setup wizard will start automatically.

Server configuration check


The installation process starts with a page confirming the suitability of your server. If there are any problems, they will be listed here.

Database connection


webtrees requires a MySQL database. The connection parameters will be provided by your server’s administrator.

Database configuration


You need to tell webtrees which database to use.

If you do not know the name of the database, ask your server’s administrator.

If webtrees will be sharing a database with other applications (or other webtrees installations), you can choose a unique prefix for all the tables.

Administrator account and email settings


You need to create an administrator account. You also have the option to configure your email.

After clicking continue, there may be a delay of up to a minute while webtrees creates your database and tables.

Log in and start using webtrees


The installation is now complete. You should login with the username and password that you chose in the previous step.

Create a family tree


Before you can access any genealogy functions, you must create a family tree. The name you choose here will be part of the URL of your site. After you have created a family tree, you will be able to enter data or upload a GEDCOM file.

Alternatively, you can import your family trees and configuration settings from an existing PhpGedView installation on the same server by using the PGV import tool.

Next steps

There are lots of configuration options. You'll probably want to review the privacy settings first. Don't worry too much about all the other options - the defaults are good for most people. If you get stuck, there's lots of built-in help and you can get friendly advice from the help forum.

ReadMe Pages
System requirements
GEDCOM (family tree) FILES
Converting from PhpGedView
This page has not been reviewed since webtrees 1.5.1. It may be out of date.