Database documentation generators

List of tools that automatically generate documentation for your database. For more advanced capabilities see Database Documentation Tools

SchemaSpy

SchemaSpy is a Java-based tool that analyzes the metadata of a schema in a database and generates an interactive entity-relationship diagram in a browser-displayable format.

Commercial: Free
Dependencies: Yes
Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML
Free edition: Yes
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

Dataedo

Dataedo enables you to create database documentation of your existing relational databases. It reads your schema and lets you easily describe each data element (tables and columns) and other database objects (like triggers, stored procedures, etc.) visually as ER diagrams.

Commercial: Commercial
Dependencies: Yes
Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML,MS Excel,PDF
Free edition: No
Runs on: (for desktop): Mac OS,Windows

SchemaCrawler

SchemaCrawler is a free database schema discovery and comprehension tool. Using the tool, you can search for database schema objects using regular expressions, and output the schema and data in a readable text format. The output serves for database documentation and is designed to be diff-ed against other database schemas.

Commercial: Free
Dependencies: Yes
Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: CSV,HTML,JSON,Plain text
Free edition: Yes
Runs on: (for desktop): Linux,Mac OS,Windows

Spectral Core Documenter

Spectral Core Documenter is the easiest way to generate detailed documentation of your database. All tables, procedures, functions, triggers, user-defined types are listed with every detail.

Commercial: Commercial
Dependencies: No
Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: CSV,HTML
Free edition: No
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

dbForge Documenter for MySQL

dbForge Documenter for MySQL is a handy MySQL and MariaDB documentation tool that automatically generates documentation of an entire MySQL database. The tool allows users to customize the generated documentation up to their needs with help of a bunch of options and settings.

Commercial: Commercial
Dependencies: Yes
Desktop/Cloud: Desktop
ER Diagram: No
Export: HTML,PDF,Markdown
Free edition: No
Runs on: (for desktop): Windows

dbdocs.io

dbdocs.io is a simple online tool for providing web database documentation up and running in just minutes. You can browse through tables and fields, visualize tables' relationships, and share with internal development team.

Commercial: Free
Dependencies: Yes
Desktop/Cloud: Cloud
ER Diagram: Yes
Export: HTML
Free edition: Yes
Runs on: (for desktop): -