List of UML tools

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This article lists Unified Modeling Language tools, classified by their proprietary or non-proprietary status.


[edit] List of Non-commercial/Free UML tools

  • Acceleo: Eclipse and EMF template-based system for source-code generation from UML models.
  • AmaterasUML: [1] a Java-based open source free UML modelling tool, follows the UML standard. Can forward and reverse engineer Java code. Eclipse Public License -v 1.0 EPL .
  • ArgoUML: a Java-based open source free UML modelling tool, closely follows the UML standard. Can reverse engineer Java code[2] (Plugins available for other languages, inc. c#). BSD license.
  • Astade: a platform-independent UML-tool for C++, based on wxWidgets.
  • ATL - a tool which can transform UML models into other models. Available from the Eclipse M2M project (Model to Model).
  • BeoModeler: a WEB modeler for UML in open source, XMI native and support for Topcased, IBM Rational RSA & RSM. It is a lightweight and user friendly WEB modeler.
  • BOUML: multi-platform UML 2.0 toolbox. Can generate C++/Java/IDL/PHP/Python and reverse engineer C++/Java/PHP[3]. Very high performance (written in C++ with Qt). Licensed under the GNU GPL.
  • ClassBuilder: a C/C++ Uml modeling tool under zlib/libpng license.
  • Dia: a GTK+/GNOME diagramming tool that also supports UML (licensed under the GNU GPL)
  • Eclipse: with Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) and UML 2.0 (meta model without GUI) projects.
  • Eclipse Uml2Tools: GUI for the Eclipse UML2 Implementation with 5 diagram types
  • PyUML: Graphical UML Editor plugin for Eclipse based on Eclipse UML2Tools that supports Python roundtrip, views and live validation
  • Fujaba: Acronym for "From UML to Java And Back Again". Allows modeling behaviour using story diagrams.
  • Gaphor: a GTK+/GNOME UML 2.0 modeling environment written in Python
  • HOL-OCL: An interactive theorem proof environment for UML/OCL (licensed under the GNU GPL).
  • Jink UML: Easy to use UML Tool for Java (licensed under MIT).
  • jTracert is a Java agent which instruments applications running on the JVM and builds sequence diagrams.
  • Kivio: part of the KOffice project
  • MetaUML UML textual notation package implemented in MetaPost. Various vectorial and bitmap output formats supported.
  • MetricView Evolution: a tool for metrics-based quality-analysis and better comprehension of UML models
  • MonoUML: based on the latest Mono, GTK+ and ExpertCoder. Can reverse engineer executables and .NET assemblies.
  • MOSKitt: UML Eclipse based tool for giving support to Model Driven based methodologies on Software Development Process.
  • NetBeans: available in NetBeans 6.0 full edition, or as a downloadable plugin in Plugin Manager, or with NetBeans IDE 5.5 Enterprise Pack
  • Open ModelSphere: open source UML modeling tool (licensed under the GNU GPL).
  • Papyrus: an open source UML2 tool based on Eclipse and licensed under the EPL ( See also Topcased below.
  • PlantUML: a open-source tool written in Java that uses simple textual descriptions to draw UML diagrams. Can be integrated with Word.
  • StarUML: an open-source UML/MDA platform for Microsoft Windows, licensed under a modified version of GNU GPL, mostly written in Delphi
  • Taylor: model-driven architecture "on rails" (licensed under the GNU LGPL)
  • TinyUML: open-source UML 2 diagramming tool implemented in Java, requiring Java SE 6 or later (licensed under the GNU GPL)
  • TextUML Toolkit: a tool for creating UML 2.1 models using a textual notation (EPL).
  • Topcased: Set of eclipse-based open source model editors, transformation and formal verification tools. Modelling languages include SysML. Development sponsored by European aerospace manufacturers. A merge with Papyrus is in preparation (2007).
  • UniMod: tool which adapts SWITCH-technology for UML notation. Ideas and description can be found in [4].
  • Umbrello UML Modeller: part of KDE. Forward- and reverse-engineering for C++/Java/Perl/PHP/Python and other programming languages.
  • UmlDesigner: a .NET based UML tool supporting generation of C# code
  • UML Pad: a UML modeller written in C++/wxWidgets (licensed under the GNU GPL)
  • UML Pad (PalmOS): a UML tool for PalmOS
  • UmlGraph: an open source tool suite, which allows the declarative specification and drawing of UML class and sequence diagrams.
  • UMLet: a Java-based UML tool (licensed under the GNU GPL)
  • Use Case Maker: a use cases management tool (licensed under the GNU LGPL)
  • Violet UML Editor: an easy-to-use Java-based UML Editor; fully integrated into Eclipse; licensed under the GNU GPL
  • Xholon: an open source tool that transforms, simulates and executes models developed using third-party UML 2.0 modelers
  • Zooml Modeler: Free online Web 2.0 tool for creating and storing UML class diagrams.

[edit] List of Commercial/Proprietary UML tools

Potential users can freely download versions of most of the following tools; such versions usually impose limits in capability and/or by a time-period.

  • AgileJ StructureViews: custom reverse-engineered class-diagrams — Java/Eclipse/XP. (Formerly marketed as "Modelistic".)
  • Altova UModel: GUI UML editor, supports UML 2.2, code engineering in Java, C#, and Visual Basic, imports and exports XMI
  • Apollo for Eclipse:supports UML 2.0 and Java 5. Integrates with the Eclipse IDE
  • ARTiSAN Studio: supports UML 2.0 and SysML
  • Avolution: ABACUS 3.x is a general modeling tool that supports UML amongst many other open standards and notations.
  • BLU AGE: an MDA compliant software workbench that enables 100% automated transformation of your UML 2.X diagrams into Java EE and .Net Enterprise business applications.
  • Blueprint Software Modeler: An integrated software-modeling environment with UML 2.1 modeling, OCL 2.0, meta-modeling and profiles; based on Eclipse
  • Borland Together: UML modelling tool, integrated with Eclipse and with MS VS.NET 2005. Supports UML 2.0 and MDA, OCL, MOF.
  • Cadifra UML Editor: UML diagram editor for Windows
  • CaseComplete: Use Case and Requirements management tool including Use Case diagrams
  • ConceptDraw 7: diagramming tool for Windows and Mac, supports UML 2.0
  • Enterprise Architect – UML 2.1 tool with forward- and reverse-engineering and integration with Visual Studio 2005 and Eclipse. Extensible through addins and modeling technologies.
  • eRequirements: free web-based requirements-management tool
  • GatherSpace: Online/On-Demand Use Case and Requirements Management
  • Gliffy: Desktop application feel in a web-based UML diagramming solution
  • idungu: web-based UML diagramming solution
  • JUDE: object-oriented analysis and design with UML and Mindmap. JUDE/Community, though free to use, does not provide open source.
  • Konesa: Canyon Blue's collaborative modelling tool
  • MacA&D: UML and requirements-management for Mac OS X
  • MagicDraw UML: UML 2.0 tool with forward- and reverse-engineering and support for many plugin products for MDA. Integrates with many IDEs, including Eclipse and NetBeans. Supports SysML.
  • MasterCraft (software): a suite of tools from Tata Consultancy Services Limited which support object-oriented analysis and design using UML for development of MDA-based application-software. The tool-suite consists of IDE-based modelers which allow for UML-based modeling.
  • Metamill: a round-trip UML tool for C++, C# and Java. Runs under Windows and Linux.
  • MicroGOLD WithClass: UML modeling tool that can generate code and reverse engineer C++, Java, Delphi, VB, IDL, Perl, PHP, C#, and Works with EJB.
  • Microsoft Visio:– a diagramming tool that also supports UML
  • MyEclipse: An Eclipse-based IDE. Professional Edition includes UML solutions.

[edit] Comparison of some selected UML tools

Name Creator Platform / OS First public release Latest stable version Software license Open source Programming language used Approach Languages generated Reverse engineered languages Integrated with
Acceleo Obeo Java / Eclipse (cross-platform) 2006-03 2.5.1 EPL Yes Java MDA, template JEE, C#, Java, PHP, Python. Eclipse, EMF
ArgoUML Java (cross-platform) 1998-04 0.28 BSD Yes
BoUML Bruno Pagès C++/Qt (cross-platform) 2005-02-26 4.12.1 GPL Yes C++ MDA, template Java, C++, PHP, Python. Java, C++ Qt3
Dia Alexander Larsson/GNOME Office GTK+ (cross-platform) 2004? 0.96.1 GPL Yes
Eclipse UML2 Tools Eclipse Foundation Java (cross-platform) Planning 1.1 Planned GPL? Yes? Java Java (or Eclipse project supported?) Java (or Eclipse project supported?) Eclipse
Jink UML Nether Java (cross-platform) 2008-12-11 .745 MIT Yes
Modelio Free Edition (see Objecteering) Modeliosoft Windows 2009 1.0 ? No Java, C++ full UML2 support; integrated BPMN support. XMI import; HTML and MS-Word document generation. Java, C#, C++, XSD, WSDL Eclipse, EMF
StarUML Plastic Software Windows 2005-11-01 5 GPL, modified Yes Delphi Plug-in architecture: C++, Delphi, C#, VB, C#
Umbrello UML Modeller Umbrello Team Linux 2006-09-09 2.0.0 GPL Yes C++, KDE C++, Java, Perl, PHP, Python... 16 C++, IDL, Pascal/Delphi, Ada, Python, Java; import XMI, RoseMDL KDE?
UmlDesigner Green Bird Software Windows 1.2.3 No C# C# None
Frame UML Frame Windows 2009-01-09 2.x.x GPL V3 Yes C++ A UML tool, support UML2.xx, and embed JavaScript, so you can generate source code from model by JS Almost any language you want if you can write JavaScript to generate it. Java(partial), but you can use JavaScript to reverse other languages to model No
TopCased ?? Java (cross-platform) 2005-10 2.3.0 EPL Yes Java MDA and lots of features like scripting and simulators Java, Python, C++ A full and Powerful tool that you can write model transformations, run state diagram simulation and do reverse and direct Java code generation from the model,Eclipse, EMF
MOSKitt Valencian Regional Ministry of Infraestructure and Transport Java (cross-platform) 2007 0.9.0 EPL Yes Java Eclipse based UML tool and a MDD centric platform giving support for gvMétrica software development process methodology. Model Transformation, Traceability and Synchronization. Graphical and Form based editing of models. Any textual language results of a Model To Text transformation. Eclipse, EMF, GMF, SWT, DataTools...

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