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

Doc xPress

DOC xPress offers complete documentation for SQL Server databases and BI tools, including SSIS, SSRS, SSAS, Oracle, Hive, Tableau, Informatica, and Excel. In addition, it allows object description editing and documentation can be customized for different audiences, so users only see the most relevant information for their role.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Word,RTF
Metadata stored in: Documentation repository/file
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Lineage Analysis and Impact Analysis, include images
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

SchemaToDoc

SchemaToDoc documents SQL Server and Oracle databases. It exports SQL Server and Oracle metadata to easy-to-read Word or HTML files. The program documents: Primary Keys, Field Information (type, size, defaults, nullable, identity), Indexes, Check Constraints, Comments, Foreign Keys, Triggers, Views, Functions, and Stored Procedures.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: HTML,MS Word
Metadata stored in: SQL Server extended properties, Oracle comments
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Easy-to-read documentation
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

EZ Data Dictionary

EZ Data Dictionary is a user-friendly data dictionary tool for business and technical end users. Documenting database through EZ Data Dictionary provides better results as compared with Excel. It allows users to review database elements and definitions in a friendly environment and provides better communication between systems professionals and end-users.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: HTML,PDF
Metadata stored in: Documentation repository
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: -
Notable features: Compare two schemas
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

Oracle SQL Developer

Oracle SQL Developer is a free, integrated development environment that simplifies the development and management of Oracle Database in both traditional and Cloud deployments. Besides database development, it is a handy-tool for database documentation and data dictionary.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML,PDF,RTF
Metadata stored in: Program repository
Commercial: Free
Free edition: Yes
Notable features: Entity relationship diagrams
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

Semanta Encyclopaedia

Semanta Data Dictionary is a data governance platform that enables data and context to be brought together in a simple, modern and collaborative way. The key features include technical data documentation, integration with operational metadata and providing links between data definitions and its business context.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: Online HTML
Metadata stored in: Program metadata
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Notable features: Integration with modeling tools and ERP applications. Ability to comment data quality. ER and dependency diagrams. Online portal with collaboration features.
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

Ataccama Metadata Management & Data Catalog

Ataccama Data Catalog & Business Glossary tool provides automatic mapping of terms to real data sources in the Data Catalog during profiling, ensuring the Data Catalog is always up-to-date and synced with the Business Glossary.

Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: CSV
Metadata stored in: Program respository
Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: Yes
Notable features: Automated Mapping of Business Terms, Up-to-date Business Glossary, Data Discovery on Multiple Sources
Runs on: (for desktop): 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