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Geneweb for SME Server 7.x

PythonIcon.png Skill level: medium
The instructions on this page require a basic knowledge of linux.

Craig Jensen


Geneweb is a genealogy software program with a Web interface. It can be used off-line or in a Web environment. It uses very efficient techniques of relationship and consanguinity computing, developed in collaboration with Didier Rémy, research Director at INRIA.

GeneWeb's strong points are the following:

  • Web interface
  • Dynamic display
  • Relationship and consanguinity computing
  • Polyglot
  • Spelling correction
  • Nobility titles
  • Information update and protection
  • Customization (background color, etc)
  • Miscellaneous Features: birthdays, last births, etc.
  • An example: more than 100,000 persons
  • Import and export of GEDCOM files


  • The following steps install two packages, namely:
  • The first RPM- geneweb-5.01-*.el4.sme.i386.rpm is the latest Geneweb build (5.01) compiled for SME 7.
  • The second - smeserver-geneweb-2.0-*.el4.sme.noarch.rpm integrates Geneweb into SME 7. It includes a server-manager panel to configure the IP assigned to the client machine from which Geneweb is allowed to be administered.

The following command will install all of the required packages for you.

yum --enablerepo=smecontribs install geneweb smeserver-geneweb

For SME8 if the above does not work then please refer to SME8.0_Contribs_QA#Setup. If it does work then this line can be removed as the contrib has been migrated to the SME8 repo.


rpm -e smeserver-geneweb geneweb

Important.png Note:
Developers are invited to help with the source of the smeserver-geneweb package. One major validation I desire currently does not work (IP_number) along with the 'must_be_local' validation already included.



Multi-language docs by creator
SME Server 7 Doc (some of this doc is depreciated, but may be helpful)

Start the service

Once installed you have a service installed called 'gwd'

enable the service:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/gwd start

Starting GeneWeb Services:
GeneWeb 5.00 - Copyright (c) 1998-2007 INRIA
To start, open location http://localhost:2316/

Adding a db entry to start service at reboot

Based on additional commands are required to create a db entry for the gwd service, where the rpms installed are

rpm -q smeserver-geneweb geneweb
config set gwd service
config setprop gwd status enabled
signal-event post-upgrade
signal-event reboot

Administrating the database.

Now browse to port 2316 to Administer the database.

The address or http://localhost:2316/ is your Admin access to the database.

  1. open the server-manager
  2. click the new Geneweb Admin under the Administration heading
  3. note the IP listed in 'Current assigned Geneweb 'only' IP:':
    Important.png Note:
    The config file that assigns the administration IP for Geneweb resides in /opt/geneweb/gw/gw/only.txt. This file is templated and managed within the server-manager panel provided by the smeserver-geneweb package

  4. change this IP if it is not the client IP from wish you want to administer Geneweb
  5. click 'Change IP and Administer'
  6. in the field 'New IP from which you wish to administer Geneweb:' enter the desired IP
    Important.png Note:
    This IP must be on your LAN and must be a valid IP

  7. click 'SAVE'

Basic use

Running GeneWeb.

From your client, go to the main site at http://yoursite:2317/database

From your desktop, go to the main documentation at http://yoursite:2317/database?m=DOC, pick your favorite language and follow the "restrictions" link.. As it stands now, anyone will be able to add to (or trash) your database once you make it available to the outside world.


Links to more Geneology and Geneweb info:

1. GeneWeb home
2. CAML programming language home
3. INIRA (French) GeneWeb originated here
4. The Geneology Home Page
5. Family Search page

an example database page


Please raise bugs under the SME-Contribs section in bugzilla and select the smeserver-geneweb component or use this link .