Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.

Open a Project

Enterprise Architect supports several different methods of opening an Enterprise Architect project file.

From the Main Menu

Select the File | Open Project menu option. From the Open Project dialog, select the path for the file to open and click on the Open button.


From the Default Tools Toolbar

Click on the folder icon to display the Open Project dialog, or the drop-down arrow to display a list of recently-opened projects.

From the Start Page

  1. Click on Open a Project File. The Open Project dialog displays.
  2. Use the file browser ([ ... ]) to navigate to the project to open, which has a .EAP file extension (*.EAP). Select the project and click on the Open button.

Recently Opened Projects

Enterprise Architect keeps a list of recently opened projects and displays them on the Start Page for easy selection. If the project to open is in the Recent list, simply click once on the name of the project to open it.


If you already have a project open, Enterprise Architect prompts you to save changes before loading.

Enterprise Architect Example Project File

New Enterprise Architect users in particular should start by exploring the EAExample file supplied with Enterprise Architect. The example model file is stored in your Enterprise Architect installation directory. The default installation directories, depending on which version you have installed, are:

  • Registered version: C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\EA
  • Trial version: C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\EA Trial
  • Lite version: C:\Program Files\Sparx Systems\EA Lite

Connect to a Repository


This feature is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions.

You also have the option to connect to SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle 9i, 10g or 11g, Postgre SQL, ASA, MSDE Server and Progress OpenEdge repositories.