Rational DOORS

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Rational DOORS
Developer(s)Rational Software
Stable release / 2018-07-09[1]
Operating systemLinux, Solaris, Windows
Available inBrazilian Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, and English.[2]
TypeRequirements management[3]
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Rational Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS) (formerly Telelogic DOORS) is a requirement management tool.[4] It is a client–server application, with a Windows-only client and servers for Linux, Windows, and Solaris. There is also a web client, DOORS Web Access.

Rational DOORS has its own programming language called DOORS eXtension Language (DXL).[5]

Rational DOORS Next Generation is now developed on the IBM Jazz platform. The Jazz platform uses Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC).[6]

In order to complete its functionality, Rational DOORS has an open architecture that supports third-party plugins.

DOORS was originally published by Quality Systems and Software Ltd (QSS) in 1991.[7] Telelogic acquired QSS in mid-2000[8] and IBM acquired Telelogic in 2008.


DOORS was created by Dr Richard Stevens, a researcher through the 1970's and 1980's at the European Space Agency's Research Institute (ESRIN). The first version was provided to the UK Ministry of Defence in 1991-2. The first commercial version was released in 1993. [7]


DOORS is designed to ease the requirements management process with a variety of features:

  • The requirements database can be accessed with a web browser through Rational DOORS Web Access.
  • Changes to requirements can be managed with either a simple predefined change proposal system or a more thorough, customizable change control workflow through integration to Rational change management solutions.[clarification needed]
  • With the Requirements Interchange Format, suppliers and development partners can be directly involved in the development process.
  • Requirements to design items, test plans, test cases, and other requirements can be linked for easy and powerful traceability.
  • Business users, marketing, suppliers, systems engineers, and business analysts can collaborate directly through requirements discussions.
  • Testers can link requirements to test cases using the Test Tracking Toolkit for manual test environments.
  • Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) can be used for specifications for requirements management, change management, and quality management to integrate with systems and software lifecycle tools.
  • Can be integrated with other Rational tools, including Rational Team Concert, RationalQuality Manager, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Rhapsody®, Jazz™ Reporting Service, and Rational System Architect, and also many third-party tools, providing a comprehensive traceability solution.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rational DOORS and DOORS Web Access Fix Pack 11 ( for 9.6.1". IBM. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Changing the Rational DOORS language". IBM. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ Cleland-Huang, Jane (2012). Software and Systems Traceability. Springer. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-4471-2238-8.
  4. ^ Hull, Elizabeth (2011). Requirements Engineering. Springer. ISBN 978-1-84996-405-0.
  5. ^ "Using DXL (the Rational DOORS Extension Language)". IBM. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Rational DOORS Next Generation (DOORS-NG on the IBM Jazz Platform)". IBM. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b Alexander, Ian (2004). "Requirements Management with DOORS: A Success Story". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Telelogic's QSS Acquisition Exploits Boom in Real-Time Telecommunications Applications". Gartner. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved 27 Oct 2015.
  9. ^ "IBM Knowledge Center". www.ibm.com. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  10. ^ "Jazz.net". Jazz.net. Retrieved 2021-04-10.