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The System Output Window

The System Output window is used to display information generated by internal Enterprise Architect processes, or by Add-Ins and other third-party tools. The output from each type of operation is generally displayed on its own tab within the window. The System Output window can provide useful information during long-running processes and batch operations; through this window you can, for example:

  • Validate information - many validation processes within Enterprise Architect write out their results to this window
  • Review progress information during the launch of external processes
  • Review command line output from Build and Test scripts
  • Review the output of jobs executed from the Job Queue window
  • Check parse errors generated during import of various types of files
  • Check Audit information
  • Re-dock the Model Search results into a System Output window tab for more convenient reference during various operations

For some processes, information can be displayed on the System Output window in a long line, wider than the window. You can display the hidden text by dragging the slider bar in the upper right of the window.



Start > All Windows > Design > Explore > System

Keyboard Shortcuts


Alt+1 | System

Options available on output data

Right-click on an item and select the appropriate context menu option to:

  • Copy the selected item to the clipboard
  • Copy all items to the clipboard
  • Save the output to an external file
  • Clear the output from the window
  • Fix the currently-selected tab so that other processes do not switch the window to another tab (see Notes)
  • Rollback selected 'Get All Latest' updates to a Version Controlled Package

You can also:

  • Drag the selected items or text out of the System Output window and onto a diagram to quickly create a named element
  • Double-click on model validation errors or parsing errors to display the source of the error
  • Switch between tabs to view different categories of information from different tools


  • (Corporate, Unified and Ultimate Editions of Enterprise Architect, with Auditing turned on) the 'Audit History' tab of the System Output window shows a history of changes to any element or connector selected from the:
         -  Audit View
         -  Package Browser
         -  Diagram List
         -  Browser window, or
         -  Current diagram
  • When separate processes are functioning at the same time, more recent processes could switch the tab for an earlier process to the tab for whichever other process is outputting information, and displays and information for the earlier process might be lost; by selecting the 'Retain Active Tab' context menu option, you prevent the current System Output window tab from being switched out by any process other than you manually selecting a different tab

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