Comparison of data modeling tools

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This article is a comparison of data modeling tools which are notable, including standalone, conventional data modeling tools and modeling tools supporting data modeling as part of a larger modeling environment.

General[edit]

Tool Creator Target Business Size License Supported Database Platforms Supported OSs Standalone or bundled into a larger toolkit Launch Date
CA ERwin Data Modeler CA Technologies SMBs and enterprises Proprietary Access, IBM DB2, Informix, Ingres, MySQL, Oracle, Progress, MS SQL Server, Sybase, Teradata Windows Standalone ~1992
Database Workbench Upscene Productions SMBs and enterprises Proprietary MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Firebird, InterBase, SQL Anywhere, NexusDB, MariaDB Windows, Linux and FreeBSD (both through Wine) Standalone 2001
dbForge Studio Devart personal, SMBs and enterprises Proprietary MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, MariaDB Windows Standalone 2005
Enterprise Architect Sparx Systems SMBs and enterprises Proprietary IBM DB2, Firebird, InterBase, Informix, Ingres, Access, MS SQL Server, MySQL, SQLite, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Sybase Windows, Linux, Mac Data modeling is supported as part of a complete modeling platform. 2000
ER/Studio Embarcadero SMBs and enterprises Proprietary Access, IBM DB2, Informix, Hitachi HiRDB, Firebird, Interbase, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Netezza, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Sybase, Teradata, Visual Foxpro and others via ODBC/ANSI SQL Windows Standalone 1998
MagicDraw No Magic Enterprises, SMBs, personal Proprietary MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2 Windows, Linux, Mac Standalone 1995
ModelRight ModelRight Enterprises, SMBs, personal Proprietary Access, MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2 Windows Standalone 2005
MySQL Workbench MySQL (An Oracle Company) SMBs - personal Proprietary or GPL MySQL Linux, Windows, Mac OS Standalone 2006
Navicat Data Modeler PremiumSoft SMBs and enterprises Proprietary MySQL, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQLite Windows, Mac OS, Linux Standalone 2012
Open ModelSphere Grandite Enterprises - SMBs - personal GNU GPL3 MS SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Standalone with Data, UML, and process modeling 2008
Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler Oracle Enterprises Proprietary Oracle, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2 Cross-platform Standalone Unknown
Pratva GHN I.T. SMBs and enterprises Proprietary MS SQL Server, MySQL Web Standalone 2015
PowerDesigner Sybase SMBs and enterprises Proprietary MS SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, IBM DB2, Informix Windows Standalone 1996
Software Ideas Modeler Dusan Rodina Enterprises, SMBs, personal Proprietary MS SQL Server, MySQL Windows Standalone 2009
SQLyog Webyog, Inc. Enterprises, SMBs, personal Proprietary MySQL, MariaDB Windows and Linux (using Wine) Standalone 2001
Toad Data Modeler Quest Software SMBs and enterprises Proprietary Access, IBM DB2, Informix, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, SQLite Windows Standalone 2005 (before this date known as CaseStudio)
Tool Creator Target Business Size License Supported Database Platforms Supported OSs Standalone or bundled into a larger toolkit Launch Date

Features[edit]

Tool Supported data models (conceptual, logical, physical) Supported notations Forward engineering Reverse engineering Model/database comparison and synchronization Teamwork/repository
CA ERwin Data Modeler Conceptual, logical, physical IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet), and more Yes Yes Update database and/or update model Workgroup edition provides collaboration
Database Workbench Conceptual, logical, physical IE (Crows feet) Yes Yes Update database and/or update model No
Enterprise Architect Conceptual, Logical & Physical + MDA Transform of Logical to Physical IDEF1X, UML DDL, Information Engineering & ERD Yes Yes Update database and/or update model Multi-user collaboration using File, DBMS or Cloud Repository (or transfer via XMI, CVS/TFS or Difference Merge).
ER/Studio Conceptual, logical, physical, ETL IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet) Yes Yes Update database and/or update model ER/Studio Repository and Portal for collaboration
MagicDraw Conceptual, Logical & Physical + MDA Transform of Logical to Physical IDEF1X, UML DDL, Information Engineering & ERD Yes Yes Update database and/or update model Multi-user collaboration using File, DBMS or (transfer via XMI, CVS/TFS or Difference Merge).
MySQL Workbench Physical IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet), UML, and more Yes Yes Update database and/or update model No
Navicat Data Modeler Conceptual, physical IE (Crows feet) Yes Yes Update database and/or update model No
Open ModelSphere Conceptual, Logical, physical IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet), and more Yes Yes Update database and/or update model No
Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler Logical, physical IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet), and more Yes Yes Update database and/or update model Yes
Pratva Logical, Physical IE (Crows feet) Yes No Update database Multi-user collaboration online
PowerDesigner Conceptual, logical, physical IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet), and more Yes Yes Update database and/or update model Yes
Toad Data Modeler Logical, physical IDEF1X, IE (Crows feet), and more Yes Yes Update database and/or update model Yes
Tool Supported data models (conceptual, logical, physical) Supported notations Forward engineering Reverse engineering Model/database comparison and synchronization Teamwork/repository

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