Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Archi cost?

Archi® is free and open source software. It costs nothing. If you really like Archi, and feel that it's a tool that you use regularly, 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 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?

Of course it does! It works on all recent versions of Mac OS X, on all recent versions of Windows, and it runs on most versions of Linux. Archi is written in Java, so it's cross-platform.

Does Archi have multi-user and model repository support?

Archi uses local file-based models and currently does not have support for multi-user sharing or model repository support. Some users have reported success with additional plug-ins that provide some support for this. For more information on this please take a look at the Archi Users Forums. We are currently exploring options for repository and sharing support for a future version of Archi. Please take a look at the provisional Roadmap.

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.