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File Migration Utility
The Family Tree Maker File Migration Utility converts Family Tree Maker Windows files so they can be opened on a Mac (and vice versa). Because Family Tree Maker 2012 and Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 differ significantly from previous versions of the software, you can’t migrate older files directly into the new versions. For example, you can migrate a 2012 Windows file to a Mac 2 file, but you cannot migrate a 2011 Windows file to a Mac 2 file. If you wanted to use a 2011 Windows file in Mac 2, you’ll need to migrate the 2011 file to a Mac 1 file and then import the file into Mac 2.

To migrate your files, you’ll need:

  • A Family Tree Maker file (you can only migrate files created with the following versions: Family Tree Maker 2010, 2011, 2012 or Family Tree Maker for Mac and Family Tree Maker for Mac 2).
  • The Family Tree Maker File Migration Utility installed on a PC.
  • The ability to transfer files between a Mac and a PC (this might be a network connection, flash drive, CD or DVD, or FTP site).
  • Note: Please uninstall any older versions of the file migration utility on your computer.

Downloading and Installing the File Migration Utility

  1. Download the File Migration Utility here.
  2. Double-click FTMFileMigrationUtilitySetup.exe.
  3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to complete installation. Once installation is complete, the migration tool will launch automatically.

Converting a File

  1. If necessary, open the conversion tool by selecting Start>Programs>FTM File Migration Utility>FTM File Migration Utility. The migration wizard opens.
  2. Select a conversion option. You can convert a Windows file to a Mac file or a Mac file to a Windows file.
  3. Click the Browse button to locate the Family Tree Maker file you want to convert. You can choose between a .ftm file ("regular" tree file) and a .ftmb (backup file).
  4. Enter a name for the tree in the Output tree field and select a location for the new tree.
  5. If you want to include media items linked to the tree, make sure the Include media files checkbox is selected.
  6. Note: If you are converting a .ftm file, the utility will search for the tree’s Media folder. If the tool locates the folder, your media items will be included in the new tree. If you’ve moved the Media folder, the utility may not be able to locate it. To ensure that your new tree contains your media items, you might want to convert a .ftmb backup file instead of a .ftm file (backup files already include your media items).
  7. Click Create File. A window opens and shows you which file type your tree will be saved to.
  8. Click OK. A message tells you when the conversion is complete. Click Close.


Can I run this tool on my Mac?
This application can be run only on a PC.
Does this tool convert Mac files too?
Yes. You can use this tool to convert a file from Family Tree Maker for Mac so it can be opened in Family Tree Maker 2010 or 2011 (Windows); you can also convert a Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 file so it can be opened in Family Tree Maker 2012 (Windows).
Will I lose any data in my tree when I convert it?
Because of formatting changes, Family Tree Maker files that are migrated will not include saved charts, reports, and books.
Can I convert files created in older versions of Family Tree Maker?
Files created in older versions of Family Tree Maker versions 5 to 16 (.ftw and .fbk files) do not need to be converted using this tool; they can be imported directly into Family Tree Maker for Mac 2. For instructions on importing these types of files, visit our Knowledge Base.)