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Open a Project

An Enterprise Architect project is used for storing and managing the components of one or more UML models. The Desktop and Professional versions of Enterprise Architect work on file-based projects (.eap files).  If you are using the Corporate edition (or above), you can also use one of a number of DBMSs such as Oracle or MySQL to host the project repository.

When you select to open a project, you can:

Select a shortcut to a recent project, to open it
Browse for another existing project to open
Remove a shortcut from the list of recently-opened projects
Specify connection details for opening a project hosted on a DBMS
Create a new Enterprise Architect project file

Access    File | Open Project  (Ctrl+O)




See also

New Project...

Click on this button to specify the location and name of a new .EAP or .FEAP project file.

Alternatively, click on the drop-down arrow and select the Copy Base Project option to create the new project from an existing project file. The system provides a standard base file as a template, but you can select any other ,eap project file as a base.


File Based Repositories


Copy a Base Project


Browse for Project

Click on this button to open a file browser dialog, to select an existing .EAP file; the .EAP file can be a project file or a shortcut to a project hosted on a DBMS.


Model Shortcuts

Connect to Server

Click on this button to specify connection details for opening an Enterprise Architect project that is hosted on a DBMS. The Windows Data Link Properties dialog displays; start to define the connection to the project's server-based repository.

You can also click on the drop-down arrow and select the:

Connection Wizard option - the Data Link Properties dialog again displays
Connection String option - the Connection String dialog displays; type in or paste the connection string and click on the OK button to connect directly to the project
Connect to Cloud option - the Cloud Connection dialog displays, on which you specify the server, URL and model name to access via the Cloud






Server-Based Repositories



Connect to a Project Via the Cloud


Recent Projects

This panel lists the ten most recently opened projects. To open one of these projects either double-click on the name, or click on it and then click on the Open button.

Each project name is shown with its access path. You can edit the access path by right-clicking on it and selecting the Edit Connection String context menu option; make the changes on the Connection String dialog, and click on the OK button.

This list is also displayed:

On the Start Page, under the Recent heading
As a drop-down menu under the Open Project button on the Default Tools toolbar
As part of the File menu


Remove Selection from List


Click on a project name and click on this button to remove that project name from the Recent Projects list.


Show this Dialog at Startup

Select the checkbox to show this Open Enterprise Architect Project dialog automatically upon starting Enterprise Architect.

Deselect the checkbox to hide the dialog.




Click on this button to open the currently selected project in the Recent Project list.




Click on this button to close this dialog without any further action.




Click on this button to display this Help topic.




Use of a DBMS for hosting the model repository is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect
Enterprise Architect supports the following DBMS products for hosting model repositories; SQL Server and SQL Server Express, MySQL, Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g or 12c, Postgre SQL, and ASA

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