List of Unified Modeling Language tools

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This article compares UML tools. UML tools are software applications which support some functions of the Unified Modeling Language.


Name Creator Platform / OS First public release Latest stable release Open source Software license Programming language used
ArgoUML Cross-platform (Java) 1998-04 2011-12-15[1] Yes EPL Java, C++ (as module)
Astah ChangeVision, Inc.[2] Cross-platform (Java) 2009-10-19 2020-11-25 (v8.3)[3] No Commercial. Free education edition, subscription model Java
Free software community
Cross-platform (Java) Un­known 2020-06-22 (4.2.1)[4] Yes EPL Java
Micro Focus Together Micro Focus Cross-platform (Java) Un­known 2008 (v12.6)[5] No Commercial Un­known
BOUML Bruno Pagès Cross-platform 2005-02-26 2021-01-14 No Free from v7.0, Commercial starting from v5.0 up to v6.12,GPL before v5.0[6] C++/Qt and Java ("plug-out")
Cacoo Nulab Windows 7+, Mac OS X 2010-10 Website frequently updated No Commercial, Free edition available HTML5
CaseComplete Serlio Software Windows 2004 2020 (v15) No Commercial C#
ConceptDraw PRO CS Odessa Windows, macOS 1993 2017-11-07 (v11)[7] No Commercial Un­known
Creately Cinergix Windows, Mac OS X 2008 Website frequently updated No Commercial, Free edition available HTML5
Dia Alexander Larsson/GNOME Office Cross-platform (GTK+) 1998-08-31[8] 2014-09-05 (v0.97.3)[9] Yes GPL C previously[10] JGraph Ltd. [11] Windows, Linux, macOS, Chrome 2016-09-06[12] 2021-05-13 (v14.6.13)[13] Yes Free, Apache v2 Javascript, Java
Eclipse UML2 Tools[14] Eclipse Foundation Cross-platform (Java) 2007 2020-03-02 (v5.5.1)[15] Yes EPL[16] Java
Edraw Max Edrawsoft Windows, Linux, macOS 2004 2020-07-30 (v10.0.5)[17] No Commercial C++
Enterprise Architect Sparx Systems Windows (supports Linux and macOS installation) 2000 2021-02-02 (v15.2 Build 1558)[18] No Commercial C++
Gliffy Gliffy by Perforce Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9+ 2006-08-01 Website frequently updated No Commercial, Free trial HTML5 and JavaScript
JetUML Martin P. Robillard Cross-platform (Java) 2015-01-23 2020-12-04 (v3.1)[19] Yes GPL Java
JDeveloper Oracle Corporation Cross-platform (Java) Un­known 2019-09 (v12c[20] No Freeware Java
Lucidchart Lucid Software Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris 2008-12 Website updated frequently No Commercial / Free (educational) HTML5 and JavaScript
MagicDraw No Magic, a Dassault Systèmes company Windows Vista SP2 and later, OS X Mountain Lion and later, or Linux[21] 1998 2021-02-12 (2021x)[22] No Commercial Java
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Windows 1992 2016 (v16.0) No Commercial Un­known
Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Windows 1997-02 2016-06-27 No Community & Express editions: Registerware; Enterprise, Professional & Others editions: Trialware C++, C#
Modelio Modeliosoft (SOFTEAM Group) Windows, Linux, macOS 2009 2020-10-01 (4.1.0)[23] Yes Core tool: GPL, Extensions: Apache License,[24] Commercial[25] Java[26]
MyEclipse Genuitec Windows, Linux 2003[27] Un­known No Commercial Java
NClass Balazs Tihanyi Windows, macOS, Linux, Unix 2006-10-15 2019-09-27 (v2.7.0)[28] Yes GPL[29] C#[30]
NetBeans[31] Oracle Corporation Windows, macOS, Linux, Unix 1996 2021-03-12 Yes CDDL or GPL2 Java
Open ModelSphere Grandite Cross-platform (Java) 2002-02 2009-11-04 Yes GPL Java
Papyrus Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, Atos Origin Windows, Linux, macOS (Java) 2013-06-27 2020-12 (v5.0.0)[32] Yes EPL Java
PlantUML Arnaud Roques Cross-platform (Java) 2009-04-17 2021-03-07 (V1.2021.2)[33] Yes GPL Java
PowerDesigner Sybase Windows 1989 2018 No Commercial Un­known
PragmaDev Studio PragmaDev Windows, Linux, OS X 2002 2018-02-07 No Free, Commercial Python, C, C++
Prosa UML Modeller Insoft Oy Windows 1996 2013-10-19 No Commercial C/C++
Rational Rhapsody IBM Windows, Linux 1996 2019-04-23 (8.4.0) - 2019-12-15 (8.4 Interim Fix 2) No Commercial C, C++, Java, Ada
Rational Rose XDE IBM Windows, Linux, Unix Un­known Un­known No IBM EULA Un­known
Rational Software Architect IBM Windows, Linux Un­known 2015-09-18 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
Reactive Blocks Bitreactive Windows, macOS, Linux 2011-11-13 2016-09-16 No Commercial, Free Community Edition Java
RISE RISE to Bloome Software Windows (.NET) 2008 2010-09-03 No Freeware C#
Software Ideas Modeler Dusan Rodina Windows (.NET), Linux (Mono) 2009-08-06[34] 2020-09-22[35] No Commercial, Freeware for non-commercial use C#
StarUML MKLab Windows, macOS, Linux 2005-11-01 2018-08-17 No Commercial Delphi
Umbrello UML Modeller Umbrello Team Unix-like; Windows 2003-01-24[36] 2020-08-20 (v2.32)[37] Yes GPL C++, KDE
UML Designer Obeo Windows, macOS, Linux 2012 2019-01-30 (v9.0.0)[38] Yes EPL Java, Sirius
UMLet The UMLet Team Windows, macOS, Linux 2005-11-05[39] 2018-08-05 (v14.3)[40] Yes GPL Java
UModel Altova Windows 2005-05 2019-10-9 No Commercial Java, C#, C++, Visual Basic
Umple University of Ottawa Cross-platform; Java/Eclipse 2008 2021-08-18 (v1.31.1)[41] Yes MIT License Java, PHP, JavaScript
Visual Paradigm for UML Visual Paradigm Int'l Ltd. Cross-platform (Java) 2002-06-20 2020-07-23 (v16.2)[42] No Commercial, Free Community Edition Java, C++
WhiteStarUML janszpilewski Windows 7–10 2011-12-18 2018-03-25 (v5.9.1)[43] Yes GPL2 Delphi
yEd yWorks GmbH Windows, macOS, Linux, Unix Un­known 2021-03-11 (v3.21)[44] No Free 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
PragmaDev Studio Yes Yes Partial No C, C++ No Integration with Reqtify traceability tool. Model simulator integrated with any FMI 2.0 supporting tool. Generated code can be integrated on the following RTOS: VxWorks, FreeRTOS, ThreadX, CMX, OSE Delta, OSE epsilon, uITRON 3, uITRON 4, Nucleus, posix, win32. Dedicated to modeling and testing of communicating systems. Based on ITU-T Z.109 UML profile, SDL-RT, SDL. The model can be simulated and can be exported to model checking tools. Full testing environment integrated based on TTCN-3.
ArgoUML No Yes Yes Un­known C++, C#, Java, PHP4, PHP5, Ruby Java (other languages with plugins) Un­known Closely follows the UML standard
Astah Yes No Yes Un­known Java, C++, C#, Python, Ruby and any other languages with plugins Java, C++, C#, PHP 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, MySQL C++, Java, PHP, MySQL Un­known UML 2. Solid code roundtrip, fast. Extensible through "plug-outs" written in C++ or Java
Cacoo Yes Un­known Un­known Yes Un­known Unknown Google Drive, Google Docs, Typetalk, Adobe Creative Cloud, Slack, Atlassian Confluence, Dropbox, Visio, Box.
CaseComplete No No Export No No No Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira,, Excel, Word Provides management of actors, use cases, user stories, declarative requirements, and test scenarios. Includes glossary, data dictionary, and issue tracking. Supports use case diagrams, auto-generated flow diagrams, screen mock-ups, and free-form diagrams.
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 Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Atlassian Confluence, JIRA … Un­known
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 2.5, 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.
Gliffy Yes Un­known Un­known Yes No No Google apps, Google drive, JIRA, Confluence Has libraries of shapes for: UML class, sequence, activity, use case and more.
JetUML Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Java Un­known Un­known JetUML is designed for fast diagramming with a minimalist feature set.
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, BPMN2, ArchiMate3. 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 Java Java Un­known Has to be installed as a plug in to enable the UML modeling.
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.[45] 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 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, Corba, Customizable for other languages C++, C, Java, Ada, 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 production-quality code generation (structural, behavioral, functional), simulation, model based testing, integration with numerous 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
Reactive Blocks Yes No Yes No Java Un­known Eclipse Code generation from Activity Diagrams for J2SE, OSGi, Kura, and ESF, unit testing via JUnit, supports formal analysis and state space simulation
Software Ideas Modeler Yes Yes Yes Yes ActionScript, C++, C#, Delphi, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL DDL, VB.NET, VB6, XSD C++, C#, VB.NET, Java, Object Pascal, PHP, Ruby Un­known UML, BPMN, SysML, ArchiMate, JSD, Data Flow Diagram, Flowchart, Robustness Diagram, CRC, ERD, Mixed Diagram, HTA, UI, Venn, Behavior Tree, Structure Chart, Decision Table, Roadmap, Computer Network Diagram, Layer Diagram, Web Page Diagram, Grafcet, custom diagrams
StarUML Yes Yes Import Yes Java,C#,C++ Java,C++,C# Code Generator and Reverse Engineer JavaScript, Node.js Plug-in architecture: JavaScript, HTML5, Node.js
Umbrello UML Modeller Yes[46] Yes Yes Un­known C++, Java, Perl, PHP, Python … 16 C++, IDL, Pascal/Delphi, Ada, Python, Java; import XMI, RoseMDL KDE
UML Designer Yes Yes Yes Un­known Any kind of languages as it is compatible with code generator tools like Eclipse UMLGenerators or Acceleo Any kind of languages supported by Eclipse UML Generators Eclipse Open source under EPL license, based on Eclipse, EMF, Sirius
UMLet No No No No No No Eclipse, Visual Studio Code Source/text focused simple modeling tool
UModel Yes Yes Yes Yes Java, C#, C++, Visual Basic Java, C#, C++, Visual Basic Eclipse, Visual Studio Also supports business process modeling, SysML, and database modeling
Umple Class, State, Composite Structure only No Yes Yes Java, C++, SQL, Alloy, NuSMV, yUML, USE Java Command-line tools, Embeddable in web pages, Eclipse Input or export can be by diagram or Umple textual form, separation of concerns (aspects, traits, mixins), embeds action code in Java and other languages, written in itself, documentation generation, plugin architecture for generators
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, IntelliJ and 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 and .Net. Simulates Activity, State Machine, Sequence and BPMN diagrams. (only in commercial version)
WhiteStarUML Yes Yes Import Yes Java 1.5,C#,C++, SQL Java 1.5,C#,C++, SQL Un­known WhiteStarUml is a fork of StarUML with an intent to revive its Delphi code base by updating code to recent Delphi editions, reducing dependence on third party components and fixing bugs and adding new features.
yEd Un­known No No[47] Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Name UML 2 MDA XMI Templates Languages generated Reverse engineered languages Can be integrated with Details

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