Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Archi cost?

Archi® is open source software. If you value Archi and the work that has gone into its development, and feel that it’s a tool that you use regularly and offers you value, you might consider donating to help with ongoing maintenance, development, and user support.

Can I use Archi for commercial purposes?

Yes, you can use the Archi® software in a company, at school, for study, for training, in fact anywhere. However, the ArchiMate® language is licensed by The Open Group and your use of the ArchiMate language is governed by their licenses. For more information see this.

Please note that Archi® is a registered trade mark of Phillip Beauvoir and ArchiMate® is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

How is Archi licensed?

Archi is licensed under an MIT type license. This is what it says:

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Does Archi work on Mac/Windows/Linux?

Yes. It works on macOS (version 10.12 and later), Windows 10, and most versions of Linux. Archi is written in Java, so it’s cross-platform.

When I try to run Archi on Mac it says it can’t be opened. What do I do?

Archi for Mac ships with a text file named “README!.txt” where you can find instructions on how to solve this problem. Here’s what it says:

Depending on your Mac’s Security and Privacy settings, launching Archi for the first time can lead to one of the following messages:

"Archi" cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified.
"Archi" can't be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.

To solve this, right-click on the Archi app and select “Open” from the context menu. Then choose “Open” from the dialog box. (You may have to do this twice to see the “Open” option).

Note – you only have to do this the first time Archi is launched.

Alternatively, you can download Archi directly from the Terminal using the “curl” command and this will ensure that you will not see this warning.

1. Open the Terminal app
2. Type in the following and press return:
curl -o Archi-Mac-4.8.1.zip https://www.archimatetool.com/downloads/archi/Archi-Mac-4.8.1.zip

If you’d like to help solve this issue please read this.

The Windows installer leads to a “Windows protected your PC” warning. What do I do?

While installing Archi on Windows, you may receive the following warning: “Windows protected your PC: Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk.” To bypass this, you can either click on “More Info” in the warning dialog and select “Run anyway” or you can right-click on the installer file (or the Archi application file), select “Properties” and tick “Unblock”. Or you can temporarily set Windows Defender Smartscreen to “Off” or “Warn”.

Alternatively, you can download the portable zip version of Archi which does not use an installer.

Fortunately, Archi is open source so you have many options including building or signing your own internal distribution from the source code or available binaries.

I’m running Archi on Linux and some features like drag and drop are not working. Is there a fix?

Some Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 21.04 default to using Wayland. There are a few things that don’t work properly in Archi under Wayland such as drag and drop and some mouse operations. For now, we recommend running Archi in Linux with X Windows (X11 or X Org).

Does Archi have multi-user and model repository support?

Archi uses local file-based models and these can be shared and versioned using a Git-type workflow with the Collaboration plug-in. This can be found on the Archi Plug-ins section.

Can Archi do the thing that it was not designed to do?

Variants of this question include “Does Archi support UML?”, “Does Archi support BPMN?”, “Can Archi export/import Visio diagrams?”, “Does Archi work on iPad?”, and “Is there an FAQ?”

No.

Can you add additional functionality to Archi for our company?

We often get asked if Archi can import or export to other formats, whether it can run from the command line or whether we can add extra functionality to support a specific workflow. Take a look at the support page and contact us to see how we can help you.

I want to contribute to the development of Archi, how can I do that?

You can contribute in many ways! You could file a bug report, help with documentation, suggest a feature, or develop a whole model repository. Take a look at the developer resources.

I think I found a bug. What can I do?

Please provide as much information as possible. Take a look at the Configuration and Error Log and copy their contents. The Configuration and Error Log can be accessed in Archi by selecting the “About Archi” menu item. In the dialog box press the “Installation Details” button, then select the “Configuration” tab and press the “View Error Log” button. Please report this by raising an issue on the Archi GitHub Issue Tracker.

What is the governance of the project?

Please see our Governance and Management of the Archi Project statement.

How do you pronounce “Archi”?

In the UK we pronounce it with a soft “ch”, as in “cheese”. That’s because the original name for the application was “Archie”, like the boy’s name. In fact, in the early days of Archi’s development, an American company built an in-house repository utility called Veronica to go with Archi(e). Having said that, it’s entirely up to you how you pronounce it and a pronunciation like “Arki” is fine.

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