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Copy a Base Project

You can copy an existing project as a new project. When using an existing project as the template for a new one, it is important to use this method, rather than simply copying the file using Windows Explorer. This process resets all the unique identifiers for packages and elements, so that your new project is truly unique - otherwise it is simply an exact copy of the source project.

Access:    Start Page: Copy a Base Project

Use to:

  • Create a project already largely set up, from a template project containing company standards, tutorials, frameworks and any other common piece of modeling
  • Ensure all unique ID's ( GUIDS ) in a model are reset when starting a new model from an existing master

How to:



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On the Enterprise Architect Start Page, click on the Copy a Base Project option

The Create New Enterprise Architect Project dialog displays

Start Page


In the Model Project field, select the project that is the base template

The field defaults to EABase.eap, the default base project provided in the Enterprise Architect installer, but you can click on the Browse button and locate any other custom project file to use

Incorporate Model Templates


In the New Project field, click on the Browse button and select the file path for saving your project

If this is to be a shared project, store the file on a shared network resource such as a Network Server or Workgroup Server



To replace all GUIDs from the source model with fresh GUIDs in the new model, select the Reset New Project GUIDs checkbox

However, if the new project is based on one that is already under version control, we recommended that you deselect this checkbox to prevent duplication of packages when the Get Latest facility is used

Package Version Control Menu


Click on the Create Project button to create your project