How do I upgrade (or convert) my old family file from an earlier version of Reunion?

This information is only for people who upgrade to Reunion 12 (from Reunion 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11). If you upgraded from version 4, click here.


The instructions below assume that you have already installed Reunion 12.

If you need help installing the new app, watch this video.

Installing Reunion 12 does not make your older version of Reunion disappear. In fact, your older version of Reunion (and its accompanying files) are untouched when you install Reunion 12.

In a Nutshell

To upgrade (or convert) your older family files, simply use the Reunion 12 app to open your older family files. Reunion 12 will make a new upgraded/converted family file and you'll be asked to name it.

Do not export/import. That's not the way to move data from an older version into Reunion 12.

Step-by-Step: Upgrading or Converting Your Family Files

If you previously used Reunion 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11, you'll need to upgrade (or convert) your family files to the new Reunion 12 file format. Here are the step-by-step instructions...

  1. Open the Reunion 12 app by double-clicking the Reunion 12 icon in your Applications folder.
  2. If this is the first time you've opened Reunion 12, a window will ask for the license information you received by email after purchasing Reunion 12. Enter your User Name and License Code and then click Enter License Code.
  3. A window titled Open should appear. If not, choose File > Open.
  4. Select your old Reunion family file.
    • You may need to navigate through your folders to locate your old family files. Most likely, your family files are located here: UserName/Documents/Reunion Files/.
    • Or, if you've been using ReunionTouch (our mobile app) together with Reunion, then your family file is located in your Dropbox folder.
    • If you're upgrading from version 8, the Reunion 8 folder is probably inside the Applications folder.
    • If the name of your old family file is gray in the Open window list, then click Cancel, find your family file in the Finder, and rename your family file using an extension of ".familyfile" (for example: My Family File.familyfile).
  5. When you have your older version family file highlighted in the window, click Open.
  6. A window titled "Upgrade Family File" will appear. You'll be asked to name the new, converted family file.
  7. Click Convert and Reunion will create a new, version 12 family file and open it for you. Your old family file will not be changed in any way. The information in your new family file will be the same as the information in your old family file.

After Upgrading

For more details about what to do after upgrading, choose Help > Upgrading from the menu in Reunion. Be sure to read the section After Upgrading.

Also, watch the video Top-10 New Features in Reunion 12.