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Create a Project in a MySQL Database

To create a project in a repository on MySQL 5, you work through these stages:

  • Stage 1: Create an empty database repository and set up the data tables
  • Stage 2: Set up the ODBC Driver
  • Stage 3: Perform a project integrity check on the project file you are using as a base (optional, but recommended)
  • Stage 4: Transfer the data
  • Stage 5: Connect to the repository and open the project


  • A machine with MySQL version 5 or higher installed and running,
  • MySQL ODBC - either 5.1.5, or higher than 5.2.4 (other versions are not recommended)

Create a MySQL Repository

MySQL supports two different storage engines - InnoDB and MyISAM. In older versions of MySQL MyISAM was the default storage engine, but from MySQL v5.5 onwards InnoDB is the default. As of Enterprise Architect v13, Sparx Systems will no longer provide updates to the MyISAM script and recommend all users to choose InnoDB, as it supports transactions and UTF8.



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Create a new empty database and configure it to your installation's defaults.

Create a MySQL Repository Registered User's Scripts page Trial User's Scripts Page


Load the EASchema_1220_MySQL.sql file from the Sparx Systems website into your SQL management console of choice (such as MySQL Workbench).


Run the script to create the required database schema.

Set Up the ODBC DSN



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Create a suitable ODBC Data Source to point to your new database.

Select these extended options:

  • 'Return matched rows instead of affected rows'
  • 'Allow big result sets'
Set up a MySQL ODBC Driver

Perform a Project Integrity Check



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In Enterprise Architect, open the file-based project or template from which you are creating the project on the repository.


Select and execute the 'Configure > Model > Check Integrity > Project Integrity' ribbon option.

This ensures your project data is 'clean' and free from errors before being copied to the repository.

Project Integrity Check

Transfer the Project Data



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Open Enterprise Architect.

(If the 'Open Project' dialog displays, click on the Cancel button to open with no project loaded.)


Select the 'Configure > Model > Transfer > Project Transfer' ribbon option.

The 'Project Transfer' dialog displays.


In the 'Transfer Type' panel, select 'File to DBMS'.


In the 'Source Project' field, click on the button and browse for the name of the project file to copy to the repository.

If the .EAP file has Replication enabled, this must be removed before performing the transfer.

Remove Replication


At the right of the 'Target Project' field, click on the button.

The 'Datalink Properties' dialog displays.


Select 'Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers' from the list.

Click on the Next button.


In the 'Use Data source name' field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the ODBC Data Source you configured to point to your new database.

Click on the OK button. The 'Project Transfer' dialog redisplays.

Set up a MySQL ODBC Driver


If required, select the 'Logfile' checkbox and type a path and filename for the data transfer log file.


Click on the Transfer button to begin the data transfer process.


When the process is complete, you have created a project on a MySQL database and can now connect to it and open it from Enterprise Architect.

Connect to a MySQL Data Repository

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