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Summary Tool for managing a software architectural knowledgebase
Categories design, requirements, analysis
License GNU General Public License
Owner(s) katjah

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

Welcome to Stylebase for Eclipse

Stylebase for Eclipse is a free software tool for maintaining a software architectural knowledge base. The knowledge base, aka. stylebase, can store diverse architectural models: architecture patterns, design patterns, reference architectures, macro and micro architectures, for example. The aim of the tool is to  increase information sharing and reuse of architectural models in  local and distributed development teams.

The tool is an extension to Eclipse, the most widely-used open source integrated development environment. The products run on all Eclipse-compatible operating systems, e.g. Linux, Windows and Mac.

Support and Documentation



  1. Make you sure have Eclipse 3.1 or higher
  2. Download latest release: stylebase-beta-1.1.zip (or see older releases)
  3. Unzip the archive into your Eclipse home directory
  4. Restart Eclipse
  5. Select Window --> Show View --> Other --> Stylebase --> Stylebase
  6. See user guides for more help

  • Insert, update and delete models in the knowledge base
  • Search models by various properties
  • Download/upload patterns between a personal and shared repository
  • Use locks to control concurrent access to the shared repository
  • Import/export model's UML diagram in XML format and documentation in HTML format
  • Integrate in Eclipse with your favorite UML modeling tool and/or HTML editor plug-in


Check out larger screenshots: screen1, screen2, screen3

Development Community


Stylebase for Eclipse is developed by a group of volunteers. You help is very welcome!

The development documentation is collectively maintained at http://eclipse-wiki.info (see Hosted Projects -> Stylebase for Eclipse). Communication happens mostly via Skype (admin's user id: "melian-77") and the mailing list dev@stylebase.tigris.org.


Thank you for visiting!

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