Comparison of Unified Modeling Language tools

This article compares Unified Modeling Language tools.


Name Creator Platform / OS First public release Latest stable release Open source Software license Programming language used
AgileJ StructureViews AgileJ Cross-platform (Java) 2006-08-08 2014-11-22 No Commercial Java
ArgoUML Cross-platform (Java) 1998-04 2011-12-15[1] Yes EPL Java
astah* Change Vision, Inc. Multi-platform Unknown 2012-03-22 No Commercial, Free trial, Free edition (Community version) Java, C++, C#
Free software community
Cross-platform (Java) Unknown 2010-06-23 Yes EPL Java
Borland Together Borland Cross-platform (Java) Unknown 2008 No Commercial Unknown
BOUML Bruno Pagès Cross-platform Unknown 2014-12-07 No Commercial starting from v5.0,[2] GPL before v5.0 C++/Qt
CaseComplete Serlio Software Windows 2004 2013-04 No Commercial C#
ConceptDraw PRO CS Odessa Windows, OS X 1993 2010 (v9) No Commercial Unknown
Creately for UML Cinergix, Pty Ltd Windows, Linux, Mac OS 2009-09[3] Unknown No Commercial Flex/Flash
Dia Alexander Larsson/GNOME Office Cross-platform (GTK+) 2004? 2012-07-05 Yes GPL C
Eclipse UML2 Tools[4] Eclipse Foundation Cross-platform (Java) 2007 2009-06-19 Yes EPL? Java
Enterprise Architect Sparx Systems Windows (Supports Linux & Mac installation) 2000 2014-06-31 No Commercial C++
LucidChart Lucid Software Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris 2008-12 2014-10-07 No Commercial / Free (educational) HTML5 and Javascript
MagicDraw No Magic Cross-platform (Java) 1998 2013-12-03 (v17.0.5) No Commercial Java
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Windows 1992 2013 (v15.0) No Commercial Unknown
Modelio Modeliosoft Windows, Linux, Mac 2009 2014-10-01 (3.2) Yes GPL and Commercial Java
MyEclipse Genuitec Windows, Linux 2003[5] Unknown No Commercial Java
NClass Balazs Tihanyi Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix 2006-10-15 2011-06-06 Yes GPL C#
NetBeans[6] Oracle Corporation Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix 1996 2013-02-21 Yes CDDL or GPL2 Java
Objecteering Objecteering Software Windows, Linux 1992 2009 (6.1) No Commercial Unknown
objectiF microTOOL Windows 1992 2010-09-21 No Commercial Java, C#, C++
Open ModelSphere Grandite Cross-platform (Java) 2002-02 2009-11-04 Yes GPL Java
Papyrus Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, Atos Origin Windows, Linux (Java) 2013-06-27 2014-06-25 Yes EPL Java
PlantUML Arnaud Roques Cross-platform (Java) 1999-04-30 2014-10-23 Yes GPL Java
Poseidon for UML Gentleware Cross-platform (Java) Unknown 2009 No Commercial Java
PowerDesigner Sybase Windows 1989 2011 No Commercial Unknown
Prosa UML Modeller Insoft Oy Windows 1996 2013-10-19 No Commercial C/C++
Rational Rhapsody IBM Windows, Linux, Mac OS X 1996 2011-12-13 No Commercial C++
Rational Rose XDE IBM Windows, Linux, Unix Unknown Unknown No IBM EULA Unknown
Rational Software Architect IBM Windows, Linux Early 1990s 2013-06-14 No IBM EULA Java/C++
Rational Software Modeler IBM Windows, Linux 2004-10-13 2008-09 No IBM EULA Unknown
Rational System Architect IBM Windows Unknown 2013-03-15 No Commercial Unknown
RISE RISE to Bloome Software Windows (.NET) 2008 2010-09-03 No Freeware C#
Real Time Developer Studio PragmaDev Windows, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X 2002 2014-05-15 No Commercial C, C++
Software Ideas Modeler Dusan Rodina Windows (.NET), Linux (Mono) 2009-08-06 [7] 2014-07-30 No Commercial, Freeware for non-commercial use C#
StarUML Plastic Software Windows, OS X 2005-11-01 2014-07-07 Yes GPL, modified Delphi
Umbrello UML Modeller Umbrello Team Unix-like; Windows 2006-09-09 2013-12-14 Yes GPL C++, KDE
UMLet The UMLet Team Windows, Mac OS X, Linux 2005-11-05[8] 2013-11-19[8] Yes GPL Java
UModel Altova Windows 2005-05 2013-06-12 No Commercial Java, C#, Visual Basic
Visual Paradigm for UML Visual Paradigm Int'l Ltd. Cross-platform (Java) 2002-06-20 2013-08-18 No Commercial, Free Community Edition Java
yEd yWorks GmbH Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix Unknown 2012-06-07 No Freeware Java
Name Creator Platform / OS First public release Latest stable release Open source Software license Programming language used


Name UML 2 MDA XMI Templates Languages generated Languages reverse engineered Can be integrated with Details
AgileJ StructureViews No No Custom reverse-engineered class-diagrams — Java/Eclipse/Agile. Unknown Unknown Java Eclipse Batch production of diagrams, Emphasis on filtering, Diagram tailoring while viewing in a browser
ArgoUML No Yes Yes Unknown C++, C#, Java, PHP4, PHP5, Ruby Java (other languages with plugins) Unknown Closely follows the UML standard
astah* Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Java, C++, C# Java, C++, C# Mind Mapping, ER Diagram, DFD, Flowchart, CRUD, Traceability Map, Requirement Diagram and Requirement table. Provides API and Plugins, RTF, HTML Export.
ATL Yes No Yes No Unknown Unknown Available from the Eclipse M2M project (Model to Model). Can transform UML & EMF models into other models. It has a repository of transformations called ZOO about a large set of common industrial concerns and educational labs.
Borland Together Yes Yes No Yes Java 6, C++, CORBA Unknown Eclipse and MS VS.NET 2005
BOUML Yes Yes Yes Yes C++, Java, PHP, IDL, Python C++, Java, PHP Unknown Solid code roundtrip, fast.
CaseComplete Unknown Unknown Export Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Provides management and editing of use cases, their flow of events, and referenced requirements. Supports use case and activity diagrams.
Creately for UML Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Google Apps, JIRA, Confluence, FogBugz. Unknown
Dia Partly No No No Included Python script
‘export filter’ to Python, C++, Javascript, Pascal, Java, PHP; external tools add Ada, C, PHP5, Ruby, shapefile, C#, SQL (Sybase, Postgres, Oracle, DB/2, MS-SQL, MySQL, …)
No No Uses Python as scripting language
Eclipse UML2 Tools Yes Yes Yes Yes Java (or Eclipse project supported?) Java (or Eclipse project supported?) Eclipse Ten UML 2 diagram types.
Enterprise Architect Yes Yes Yes Supports MDA templates and Code Generation templates ActionScript, C, C#, C++, Delphi, Java, PHP, Python, Visual Basic, Visual Basic .NET, DDL, EJB, XML Schema, Ada, VHDL, Verilog, WSDL, BPEL, Corba IDL ActionScript, C, C#, C++, Delphi, Java, PHP, Python, Visual Basic, Visual Basic .NET, DDL, XML Schema, WSDL Eclipse & Visual Studio UML 2.4.1, SysML, BPMN, SoaML, SOMF, WSDL, XSD, ArchiMate. Frameworks: UPDM, Zachman, TOGAF. Forward and Reverse Engineering for code and Database. Model Driven Integrated Development (Edit/Build/Debug) for Java, .Net, PHP & GNU compilers. Simulates Activity, State Machine, Sequence and BPMN diagrams.
LucidChart Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Google Drive, Google Apps, JIRA, Confluence, Jive, and Box.
MagicDraw Yes Yes Yes Yes Java, C++, C#, CIL, CORBA IDL, DDL, EJB, XML Schema, WSDL Java, C++, C#, CIL, CORBA IDL, DDL, EJB, XML Schema, WSDL Eclipse, EMF, NetBeans UML 2.3, Full round-trip support for Java, C++, C#, CL (MSIL) and CORBA IDL, Report generator from template in RTF, HTML, XML, ODT, ODS, ODP, and Text (DOCX, XLSX, PPTX since 16.8).
Microsoft Visio Plugin Unknown Plugin Plugin Unknown Unknown Unknown
Modelio Yes Yes Yes Yes Java, C++, C#, XSD, WSDL, SQL Java, C++, C# Eclipse,EMF Full UML2,BPMN,Documentation generation in HTML.Extensions providing documentation generation in Open XML format, support for TOGAF, SysML, SoaML, Hibernate, OMG MARTE standard. Support of model fragments for collaboration. Support of design patterns.
MyEclipse Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
NClass Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown C#, Java C#, Java Unknown
NetBeans Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Objecteering Yes Yes Yes[9] Yes Java, C++, C#, SQL DDL, CORBA IDL and Fortran Java, C++, C# Eclipse
objectiF No Yes Yes Yes Java, C#, Visual Basic, C++ Java, C#, Visual Basic Eclipse, Visual Studio Also supports business process modeling, round-trip engineering and reverse engineering and offers various diagram types
Open ModelSphere No Unknown Unknown Yes Java, SQL Java Unknown Supports data, business-process and UML modeling
Papyrus Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Ada 2005, C/C++, Java addins Unknown Eclipse
PlantUML Yes Unknown Export Unknown Unknown C#, grails, Java, Lua, PHP, SqlALchemy Chrome, Word, Open Office, Google Docs, J2EE Servlet, JQuery, Sublime, Eclipse, NetBeans, IntelliJ, LaTeX, Emacs, Doxygen, etc. [10] Creates diagrams using simple text language. Sequence, use case, class, activity, component, state, object, and UI mock diagrams are supported. Outputs images in PNG or SVG format.
Poseidon for UML Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Commercial version of ArgoUML
PowerDesigner Yes Yes Yes Yes Java, C#, VB .NET Unknown Eclipse (optional) Data-modeling, business-process modeling - round trip engineering
Prosa UML Modeller Yes Yes Open modelbase Yes C++ Java, C#, SQL DDL and SQL queries C++ Java and C# class headers are synchronized between diagrams and code in real-time Programmer's workbenches, documentation tools, version control systems Supports following UML diagrams: Use case diagram, Sequence diagram, Collaboration diagram, Class diagram, Statechart diagram, Activity diagram, Component diagram, Deployment diagram and Package diagram
Rational Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes Yes C++, C, Java, Ada, C#, Corba, Customizable for other languages C++, C, Java, Ada, C#, Customizable for other languages Visual Studio, Eclipse, TcSE, WindRiver, Green Hills, Qnx, Linux, Mathworks Simulink, DOORS, customizable for others Targets real-time or embedded systems and software using industry standard languages (UML, SysML, AUTOSAR, DoDAF, MODAF, UPDM, DDS), full behavioral code generation, simulation, model based testing, integration with real time operating systems and IDE's
Rational Rose XDE No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Rational Software Architect Yes Yes Yes Unknown Java, C#, C++, EJB, WSDL, XSD, IDL, SQL Java, C++, .NET Eclipse
Rational Software Modeler Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Eclipse
Rational System Architect No Unknown Export Unknown C++, Java, WSDL C++, Java, WSDL Unknown
Real Time Developer Studio Unknown Unknown Import Unknown C, C++ Unknown RTOS: VxWorks, FreeRTOS, ThreadX, CMX, OSE Delta, OSE epsilon, uITRON 3, uITRON 4, Nucleus, posix, win32. Debugger: gdb (GNU Debugger), Multi (Green Hills Software), Tornado (Wind River), Tasking Cross View Pro (Altium). Specialized for real time and embedded systems modeling and testing. Based on ITU-T Z.109 UML profile, SDL-RT, SDL. The model can be simulated and can be exported to model checking tools. The support of TTCN-3 is also integrated.
Software Ideas Modeler Yes Yes Yes Yes ActionScript, C++, C#, Delphi, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL DDL, VB.NET, VB6, XSD C#, VB.NET, Java, PHP Unknown UML, BPMN, SysML, ArchiMate, JSD, Data Flow Diagram, Flowchart, Robustness Diagram, CRC, ERD, Mixed Diagram, HTA, UI, Venn, custom diagrams
StarUML Yes Yes Import Yes Java,C#,C++ Java Profile,C++ Profile,C# Profile Code Generator and Reverse Engineer C# Plug-in architecture: C++, Delphi, C#, VB. Not under active development since 2005.
Umbrello UML Modeller No Yes Yes Unknown C++, Java, Perl, PHP, Python … 16 C++, IDL, Pascal/Delphi, Ada, Python, Java; import XMI, RoseMDL KDE
UMLet No Unknown Unknown No Unknown Unknown Eclipse
UModel Yes Yes Yes Yes Java, C#, Visual Basic Java, C#, Visual Basic Eclipse, Visual Studio Also supports business process modeling, SysML, and database modeling
Visual Paradigm for UML Yes Unknown Commercial version Unknown Java, C#, C++, PHP, Ada, Action Script (all only in commercial version) Java, C# (binary), C++, PHP (all only in commercial version) Eclipse, NetBeans and IntelliJ Full UML 2.1, SysML, ERD, BPMN, data modeling, business modeling and reverse engineering of source code and databases (only in commercial version)
yEd Unknown No No[11] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Name UML 2 MDA XMI Templates Languages generated Reverse engineered languages Can be integrated with Details


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  7. ^ "Product History". Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
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  9. ^ "Objecteering XMI Help". Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Running". PlantUML. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  11. ^ "How to import XMI files into yEd?". 

External links

  • UML CASE Tools UML CASE Tools Listing.
  • UML Tools at DMOZ.
  • UML Tools Directory
  • List of textual UML Tools
  • List of diagraming tools including UML tools
  • UML Tools category of the Software Development Tools Directory
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