Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does Archi cost?
- Can I use Archi for commercial purposes?
- How is Archi licensed?
- Does Archi work on Mac/Windows/Linux?
- I downloaded Archi on Mac and it says the application is “damaged”. What do I do?
- Does Archi have multi-user and model repository support?
- Can you add additional functionality to Archi for our company?
- I want to contribute to the development of Archi, how can I do that?
- I think I found a bug. What can I do?
- What is the governance of the project?
- How do you pronounce “Archi”?
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 a small amount 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
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 Mac OS X (10.10 and later), on Windows (7, 8 and 10), and on most versions of Linux. Archi is written in Java, so it’s cross-platform.
I downloaded Archi on Mac and it says the application is “damaged”. What do I do?
First of all the file is not “damaged” and you don’t need to download it again. This message is misleading and is caused by Apple’s Gatekeeper settings where apps from third-party developers are blocked from being installed. The Gatekeeper setting needs to be set to “Anywhere” to install Archi on Mac (you can set it back again). The Gatekeeper settings are found in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. The options are located beneath “All apps downloaded from”.
However, the choice of “Anywhere” might be missing. To remedy this, enter “sudo spctl ––master-disable” in the Terminal. For more information see this article.
If this doesn’t work (MacOS Catalina has this issue) you might need to clear the “quarantine bit” of the app. See this article.
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 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, a large American insurance company built an in-house repository utility called Veronica to go with Archi(e). At the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you how you pronounce it.