Data dictionary tools

List of tools that enable design and building of data dictionaries.

Dataedo

Dataedo enables you to catalog, document and understand your data with Data Dictionary, Business Glossary and ERDs. It enables to document your relational databases and share documentation in interactive HTML.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML,MS Excel,PDF
Metadata stored in: Documentation repository/file
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: ER diagrams, metadata repository, schema change tracking, organizing with modules, documenting missing FKs, custom fields, description suggestions, documentation progress tracking, rich text with images
Runs on: (for desktop): Mac OS,Windows

dbdesc

dbdesc is a powerful tool to help you document your databases. It can produce detailed documents describing your databases. It has a built-in extended property editor and documentation exporter.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: HTML,MS Word,PDF,RTF
Metadata stored in: SQL Server extended properties
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: Yes
Notable features: Extended property editor, Documentation exporter
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

Elasoft SqlSpec

SqlSpec is a database documentation tool that will generate easy-to-read database documentation and data dictionary for almost all platforms. It has both GUI and command-line interface. It enables you to generate entity-relation diagrams.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: CHM,HTML
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Documents also Analysis Services, Reporting Services, Integration Server
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

Leadum DBScribe

DBScribe is a SQL documentation tool that automatically creates comprehensive technical documentation of every detail of your database schema. It provides description editor for tables (table, columns, indexes, foreign keys, triggers), views (view, columns), stored procedures (stored procedure, parameters), functions (function, parameters, columns), defaults, rules. Description data is saved using SQL Server extended properties.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Word
Metadata stored in: SQL Server extended properties
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Wizard and command line interfaces with highly customizable templates for professional-looking documentation styles.
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

DTM Schema Reporter

DTM Schema Reporter is a documenting tool for database schema. This utility helps technical writers, developers, and database administrators create a database schema report within seconds. With DTM Schema Reporter the user can analyze and audit database structure, create schema documentation, create a hard copy of the structure snapshots, etc. With Descriptions Loader user can load descriptions/comments for tables and columns into a database.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Excel,MS Word,PDF,Plain text,RTF,XML
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Entity relationship diagrams
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

xSQL Documenter

xSQL Documenter provides comprehensive, uniform, and easily navigable database documentation in HTML and compiled CHM format. It can run as a console application, useful for automating the process of generating documentation for your databases on a schedule, or for integrating xSQL Documenter into your development process.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: CHM,HTML
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Dependency diagrams, Data model diagrams, Custom extended properties
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

TechWriter for Databases

TechWriter for Databases is a documentation tool for databases that leverages the information locked inside your database to automatically produce database reference documentation.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Word,PDF,RTF,XML,XPS
Metadata stored in: SQL Server extended properties
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: -
Notable features: Ability to organize topics into a hierarchical table of contents
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

DBMaster

DBMaster is a effective database management tool that helps to automate every day SQL Server administration tasks, highlight database issues, generate custom reports and share information between all team members. It is an easy way to search and build documentation to data structures for all team members.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: HTML
Metadata stored in: Program repository
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: Yes
Notable features: Automatic database administration with generating and sharing custom reports
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Windows

Vertabelo

Vertabelo gives the user the power of visual design of database online. It allows the user to generate metadata of the database and write comments for the database objects.

Desktop/Cloud: Cloud
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML,MS Word,PDF
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Cloud database design, reverse engineering, document sharing
Runs on: (for desktop): -

Visual Paradigm

Visual Paradigm provides a tool to create and communicate visual database design with professional ERD tool. It allows the user to create customize template to generate a data dictionary for the class models and its attributes in your project.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML,MS Word,PDF
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Entity relationship diagram, Reverse engineering, SQL script
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

Toad Data Modeler

Toad Data Modeler enables developers, DBAs, and designers to create, edit, maintain and document quality database designs and structures across various database platforms.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML,PDF,RTF
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Entity relationship diagram, Model customization, Easy migration
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench is a visual tool for database architects, developers and DBAs. MySQL Workbench provides data modeling, development, administration and documentation tools for MySQL. With the help of HTML Shema Report plugin, user can generate data dictionary from existing MySQL database.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Visual database design, SQL Editor, Data documentation and migration
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

erwin Data Modeler

erwin Data Modeler (erwin DM) is a data modeling tool used to find, visualize, design, deploy and standardize high-quality enterprise data assets. It helps to create & maintain sound relational database designs and data dictionary of those models.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: PDF
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Data modeling, Entity relation diagram, Forward & Reverse Engineering
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

DbWrench

DbWrench helps in creating and modifying databases quicker and easier. It streamlines many common database tasks such as editing database items directly in the diagram or in SQL script, etc.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML
Metadata stored in: Database metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: Yes
Notable features: Diagram database editing, Entity relation diagram, Column templates, HTML documentation
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

Base One Data Dictionary

The BFC Database Library is built on a Data Dictionary, which provides a complete description of record layouts and indexes of the database, for validation and efficient data access. You can use the data dictionary for automated database creation, including building tables, indexes, and referential constraints, and granting access rights to individual users and groups.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: HTML
Metadata stored in: Documentation repository/file
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Detailed Database Description
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows