Current Version: 8.5.4

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The demo version of MacFamilyTree 8 is fully functional except for saving, printing and CloudTree sync.

In order to uninstall the demo version, simply drag it to the trash.
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Version 8.5.4
MacFamilyTree 8 is exclusively available at the Mac App Store.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra or macOS Mojave is required to use MacFamilyTree.
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What's new in MacFamilyTree 8

MacFamilyTree 8 is the largest update we've ever released for our popular genealogy software. Version 8 comes with a huge number of new features and improvements.

New Interactive Tree

  • Much improved layout
  • Beautiful new look
  • Navigate, add and enter persons faster than ever
  • Better FamilySearch integration
  • Force Touch supported
  • Completely configurable
  • Display up to 8 generations of ancestors and descendants at once, including brothers & sisters
  • Support for Metal 2 when running on macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
  • Full keyboard control for browsing the Interactive Tree

CloudTree Sync & Share

  • Sync your family tree to all your Macs, iPhones and iPads
  • Invite friends & family to build your family tree
  • Participants can either be invited with read-only or read and write privileges
  • Complete privacy – only you decide who can see or edit your family tree
  • Works on broadband as well as on cellular internet connections
  • Near-realtime sync of changes to your family tree to all your devices

Completely new user interface

  • Much better usage of screen space
  • Configurable functions layout
  • Support for the new macOS Mojave Dark Mode
  • Hide functions you do not use often
  • Quick keyboard navigation
  • Global back and forward history similar to a web browser
  • New database management window

New & Improved Charts

  • Many configurable style options to choose from
  • Customize line styles, shadow styles, coloring, fonts…
  • New fractal charts: Fractal Tree, Fractal Circular Tree, Fractal Symmetric Tree, Fractal Horizontal/Vertical Tree
  • Much improved chart editor with new user interface
  • Easier & more efficient pagination options to print posters & wallpapers
  • Greatly improved performance

Smart Filters

  • See only relevant entries from your database you’re currently focusing on
  • Create and save complex search filters (all living women in Texas)
  • Available for Persons, Families, Sources, Places and ToDos
  • Also available for most reports to create specialized reports from a subset of persons from your tree

Powerful new Sidebar Lists

  • Completely redesigned Person, Family, Place, Source and ToDo sidebar lists
  • Much improved search options
  • Configurable grouping/sectioning options (for example by birth place, last name, creation date and so on)
  • Sorting options greatly enhanced
  • Available in the Edit, Views and Reports sections

Custom Event & Fact types

  • Create your own Person Events, Facts or Family Events, and record any kind of information
  • All reports and views adapted to display custom events and fact types
  • Hide event and fact types you do not use often
  • Easily import data from other genealogy apps
  • More default event and fact types added
  • Improved management of event icons

Improved edit mode

  • Adjustable font size for all edit sections
  • Improved keyboard navigation
  • Improved event, fact and source lists
  • Optionally larger sizes for parents, partners and children above and below the edit view
  • Better readability
  • Better performance

New Media Gallery

  • Easy and quick access to all media in your family tree – pictures, videos, web sites, PDFs and audio
  • Extremely fast: On modern Macs, 10.000 pictures are loaded in under one second
  • Many different sorting and grouping options
  • Easily mark persons in group photo shots

Change Log

  • All changes in your database are recorded for further reference
  • Keep track of when you worked on which records
  • See all change log entries for a specific person or family directly in the edit sections

Much improved performance

  • All parts of MacFamilyTree & MobileFamilyTree heavily optimized
  • Improved memory usage

GEDCOM support

  • Much improved compatibility with other apps
  • Better handling of custom GEDCOM tags from other genealogy apps
  • Merging GEDCOM files with your current family tree has been vastly improved
  • Export a subset of persons from your current family tree as a separate GEDCOM or MacFamilyTree file
  • Improved importing performance
  • Detailed error reporting
  • Improved and configurable character encoding detection
  • When exporting GEDCOM files, optionally specify to only include the year component of dates

Navigation Timeline

  • Quickly see and select persons related to the person you are currently editing
  • See when events happened in a person’s lifetime
  • Available in all edit functions

Plausibility testing

  • Checks for many different kinds of data integrity problems like „buried before death“
  • Available for the Interactive Tree or when editing persons or families

Improved places management

  • Map added to check if the selected place is the correct one
  • Improved automatic batch coordinate lookup
  • Rewritten places merge including automatic merge suggestions
  • Downloaded entries from FamilySearch automatically contain coordinates for events

Improved FamilySearch integration

  • Auto-Login option added
  • Improved performance when matching and downloading persons
  • Support for more event types

New database merge & duplicate detection

  • Merge GEDCOM files and MacFamilyTree files to your current family tree
  • Detects persons, families, sources and places present in both files in order to avoid duplicates
  • Decide on a entry-by-entry case which information to preserve
  • Search for duplicate persons, families, places or sources in your family tree
  • When duplicate entries are found, merge these entries while preserving family connections


  • Unknown gender option added
  • Charts & Reports options revamped for better numerical input
  • More sorting & grouping options for the Person List report
  • Name Distribution can now be displayed for first name
  • Labels can now be displayed in all charts
  • New Events & Facts statistic chart added
  • New search sites added to the Web Research feature
  • Performance of the Media Gallery improved
  • Improved import from Apple’s Photos app
  • Person List Report option added to separate name components into different columns
  • New user manual

What's new in MacFamilyTree 8.3