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What is it?

What is it?

WFT (Web Family Tree) is a program that permits you to display your family tree on a web browser. It is distributed as freeware.


To make this work, you need the following:
  • An OS/2 or eCS or ArcaOS operating system. (See also Blue Lion.) If anyone wants to port this to other platforms the source code is available (see below), but for now the executable available on this web site is only available for the OS/2 family of PC operating systems.
  • A web server. I use WebServe, but that's simply a matter of personal preference. There are many web servers available for OS/2, and any of them should work.
    Note: You don't need an internet connection to run a web server. If all you want to do is display your data on your own computer, it is perfectly permissible to use the loopback connection to a web server running on the same machine.
  • Your family tree in GEDCOM format. The de facto standards are GEDCOM 5.5 and 5.5.1, and that is what we support. A very different version 6.0, based on XML, has been published, but has not turned out to be accepted by the genealogy community.
    Note: WFT is a viewer for GEDCOM files, not an editor. You can edit a GEDCOM file in a plain text editor, but you are probably better off getting an editor such as GenJ. You might find that you have to backlevel to GenJ version 2.2 for reliable operation on OS/2.

Read the manual

You can look at the online copy of the program's manual.


You can fetch the program from ftp://ftp.pmoylan.org/software/. The source code is also available for download.

Try it out

To see what the program does, take a look at My family tree.

Author: Peter Moylan
Last updated: 13 April  2024