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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 you:

  • Create a new file-based project
  • Add a template-based model to kick-start your modeling

Once your new project has been created you:

  • Have a simple Use Case model to explore and tailor to your requirements
  • Can re-open your project at any time by double-clicking on it in a file browser
  • Can see it in the 'Recent' list on the Start Page

Create a New Project



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When the 'Start Page' displays, click on the option:

  • Open > Personal Project > Create New

This displays the operating system file browser dialog.

In the 'Save as type:' drop-down you have the option to create a repository of file-type:

  • .qea extension (the default)
  • .qeax extension
  • .feap extension
  • .eap extension (JET 3)
  • .eapx extension (JET 4)

Select one of these.

File Based Projects


Locate a suitable folder for your project then:

  • In the 'File name' field, type in a distinctive name
  • Click on the 'Save' button to continue

Enterprise Architect creates a new project file, places it in the specified location and then opens it automatically.

The  Browser window's 'Project' tab now displays a root-node named 'Model'.

The Browser Window


To create a starter model:

  • Click on the 'Model' root-node
  • Click on the New Package icon. icon in the Browser window toolbar
    The Start Page 'Create from Pattern' tab (Model Wizard) displays
  • Click on the button and select 'UML > Behavioral' (a Perspective)
  • Scroll down to 'Use Case Diagrams' 
  • Select 'Basic Use Case Model'
  • Click on the Create Model(s) 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.

Model Perspectives The Model Wizard


From the Browser, click on the 'Basic Use Case Model' diagram to open the diagram.

Your diagram is now ready for making any alterations.