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PlantUML for the impatient

The easiest way to test PlantUML is in an online solution that has PlantUML embedded, such as our online server.

Local installation

After testing, you may want to install PlantUML locally.

You need these things to run PlantUML:

Installed the above? Then simply download plantuml.jar and run it to open PlantUML's graphical user interface. There is no need to unpack or install anything.

Run PlantUML from the command line

Use PlantUML's command line syntax to include it in your own scripts or documentation tools:

@startuml
Alice -> Bob: test
@enduml

java -jar plantuml.jar sequenceDiagram.txt

This outputs your sequence diagram to a file called sequenceDiagram.png.