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  • ghini-1.0 is stable - use this;
  • ghini-1.1 is testing - feedback is welcome;
  • master is unstable - do not open issues on this one;

what is Ghini (desktop)

Ghini was born as Bauble at the Belize Botanic Gardens, At its heart it is a framework for creating database applications. In its distributed form Ghini is an application to manage plant records and specifically living collections. Either as Ghini or Bauble, the software is used among others by Belize Botanic Gardens, the Jardín Botánico de Quito, the Mackay Regional Botanical Garden, to manage their live collections. Included by default is RBG Kew's Family and Genera list from Vascular Plant Families and Genera compiled by R. K. Brummitt and published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1992 used by permission from RBG Kew.

All code contained as part of the Bauble package is licenced under the GNU GPLv2+.

Terms and Names

When it was born, around 2004, Bauble was a desktop application, and the name Bauble used to indicate the software and the organization behind it. More recently the original author of Bauble is rewriting Bauble as a web application and with the possibility to install it as a desktop program. In order to avoid confusion between the new bauble.web program, its perspective bauble.desktop desktop version, the stable and still current desktop application bauble.classic and its corresponding node.js web based prototype mfrasca/ghini, we have split development in two separate organizations: Ghini and Bauble.

please check the Bauble site for further details about it.

Within the Ghini organization

  • ghini.desktop is the new name of the stable and well established software previously distributed as bauble.classic. ghini.desktop is Ghini's flagship, it is a GTK+ desktop application and it is described here.
  • ghini.web is the name for the geographic and web interface to a ghini.desktop PostgreSQL database.
  • contains the sources for the ghini web site.

The name _Ghini_ is to honour Luca Ghini, the founder of the botanical garden of Pisa, and Pisa is the place where the current maintainer Mario Frasca has completed his studies in computer science.


ghini.desktop requires the following packages to run.

  • Python (travis-ci checks Bauble against Python 2.6 and 2.7)
  • SQLAlchemy (>= 0.6.0, at least up to 1.0.3)
  • pygtk (>= 2.12, at least up to 2.24)
  • PyGObject (>= 2.11.1, at least up to 2.28.6)
  • lxml (>= 2.0)

each of the following database connectors is optional, but at least one is needed:

  • pysqlite >= 2.3.2
  • psycopg2 >= 2.0.5
  • mysql-python >= 1.2.1

To use the formatter plugin you will also need to install an XSL->PDF renderer. For a free renderer check out Apache FOP (>=.92beta) at

Further info

The complete documentation for ghini.desktop is to be found at It includes detailed and up-to-date installation procedures for different platforms, troubleshooting, and a very thorough user manual.

For any kind of question, you can open an issue here on github, or if you feel more comfortable with it, you can start a thread on our google group.