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Create a Project

A project is a single file or repository-based store for one or more models.

  • The first step in getting started with Enterprise Architect is to either open an existing project, or create a new one
  • In this example we create a new file-based project and add a template-based model to kick-start our modeling
  • Once your new project has been created it will have a simple Use Case model added for you to explore and tailor to your requirements
  • You can re-open your project at any time by double-clicking on it in a file browser
  • It should also appear in the 'Recent' list on the Start Page

Create a New Project




Start Enterprise Architect.


When the 'Start' page displays, click on the 'New File' option.

Result: The standard Windows file browser dialog displays.

File-based Enterprise Architect projects are named with:

  • A .eap extension (JET 3)
  • A .eapx extension (JET 4)

You can also create projects on Firebird by clicking on the drop-down arrow in the 'Files of type' field and selecting the '*.feap' option.


Locate a suitable folder for your project and, in the 'File name' field, type in a distinctive name.

Click on the Save button to continue.

Result: Enterprise Architect creates a new project file and places it in the specified location.

The project is then opened automatically. The 'Project' tab of the Browser window displays with the 'Model' icon at the top.


Click on the New Package icon. icon in the Browser window toolbar; the Model Wizard window displays, showing the 'Model Patterns' tab.

In the left hand column header, click on the drop-down arrow and select 'UML > Behavioral' and scroll down to 'Use Case Diagrams'.  Select 'Basic Use Case Model'.

Click on the Create Patterns button.

Result: The Model Wizard automatically creates a new Use Case model for you, with an initial diagram, some notes and default elements to help get you started.


Close the Model Wizard window.

At this stage all your changes have been saved to file and do not require further action.

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