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Open a Project

An Enterprise Architect project is used for storing and managing the components of one or more UML models. The Desktop and Professional versions of Enterprise Architect work on file-based projects (.eap files). If you are using the Corporate edition (or above), you can also use one of a number of DBMSs such as Oracle or MySQL, or a Cloud Based server to host the project repository.

When you select to open a project, you can:

  • Select a shortcut to a recent project, to open it
  • Browse for another existing project to open
  • Remove a shortcut from the list of recently-opened projects
  • Specify connection details for opening a project hosted on a DBMS
  • Connect to a project via the Cloud
  • Create a new Enterprise Architect project file

Access Main Menu | File | Open Project (Ctrl+O)




See also

Local File

Click on this button to open a file browser dialog, and locate and select an existing .EAP or .FEAP file; the .EAP file can be a project file or a shortcut to a project hosted on a DBMS. Alternatively, click on the drop-down arrow and select the 'New Project' option to create a new project.

File Based Repositories Model Shortcuts

Connect to Server

Click on this button to specify connection details for opening an Enterprise Architect project that is hosted on a DBMS. The 'Windows Data Link Properties' dialog displays; start to define the connection to the project's server-based repository.

You can also click on the drop-down arrow and select:

  • 'Connection Wizard' - the 'Data Link Properties' dialog again displays
  • 'Connection String' - the 'Connection String' dialog displays; type in or paste the connection string and click on the OK button to connect directly to the project

Server-Based Repositories

Connect to Cloud

Click on this button to connect to a project through the Cloud. The 'Cloud Connection' dialog displays, on which you specify the server, URL and model name to access via the Cloud.

Connect to a Project Via the Cloud

Recent Projects

This panel lists the most recently opened projects, up to a maximum of ten. To open one of these projects either double-click on the name, or click on it and then click on the Open button.

Each project name is shown with its access path. You can edit the access path by right-clicking on it and selecting the 'Edit Connection String' context menu option; make the changes on the 'Connection String' dialog, and click on the OK button.

This list is also displayed:

  • On the Start Page, under the 'Recent' heading
  • As a drop-down menu under the Open Project button on the Default Tools toolbar
  • As part of the 'File' menu

Remove Selection from List

Click on a project name and click on this button to remove that project name from the 'Recent' list.

Show this Dialog at Startup

Select the checkbox to show this 'Open Enterprise Architect Project' dialog automatically upon starting Enterprise Architect. Deselect the checkbox to hide the dialog.

Default Project to Open

Click on a project name in the 'Recent' list and select this checkbox to open the selected project automatically whenever you start up Enterprise Architect.


Click on this button to open the currently selected project in the Recent Project list.


Click on this button to close this dialog without any further action.


Click on this button to display this Help topic.


  • Use of a DBMS and/or Cloud for hosting the model repository is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect
  • Enterprise Architect supports these DBMS products for hosting model repositories:
         -  SQL Server and SQL Server Express;
         -  MySQL
         -  Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g or 12c
         -  Postgre SQL and
         -  ASA

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