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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 use an MS JET database as the model repository.  If you are using the Corporate edition (or above), you can also use DBMSs such as Oracle and MySQL to host the model repository.

Access:   File | Open Project

Use to:

  • Create a new Enterprise Architect project file (the model repository is created as an MS Jet database file)
  • Browse for an existing project file to open
  • Specify connection details for opening a project hosted on a DBMS
  • Select a recent project to open
  • Remove items from the list of recent projects




See also

New Project...

Create a new project, as an EAP file

File Based Repositories

Browse for Project

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

Specify connection details for opening an Enterprise Architect project that is hosted on a DBMS

If you double-click on the option, the Windows Data Link Properties dialog displays; start to define the connection to the project's server-based repository

If you click on the drop-down arrow and select the Connection Wizard option, the Data Link Properties dialog again displays

If you click on the drop-down arrow and select the 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

Server-Based Repositories

Recent Projects

A list of the ten most recently opened projects

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

On the Open Enterprise Architect Project dialog, 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


Remove Selection from List

Remove the currently selected project from the Recent Projects list


Show this Dialog at Startup

Select whether or not to show the Open Enterprise Architect Project dialog upon starting Enterprise Architect



Open the currently selected project in the Recent Project list



Close this dialog without any further action



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