Database documentation tools

List of tools that allow the documentation (e.g. with descriptions) of schema of your databases.

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.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: External repository
Export: HTML,MS Excel,PDF
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes

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.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: HTML
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes

dbdesc

dbdesc is a powerful tool to help you document your databases. It can produce detailed documents describing your databases. Now dbdesc includes a built-in report engine and report viewer to easily browse database documentation.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: Yes
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: HTML,MS Word,PDF,RTF
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: Yes

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 in HTML, PDF, and MARKDOWN file formats. The tool allows users to customize the generated documentation up to their needs with help of a bunch of options and settings.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: No
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: HTML,PDF
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: Yes

Elasoft SqlSpec

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

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: CHM,HTML
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes

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
Free edition: No
Allows editing: No
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: CHM,HTML
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: Yes

Leadum DBScribe

DBScribe is a SQL documentation tool that automatically creates comprehensive technical documentation of every detail of your database schema. DBScribe SQL documentation tool helps prevent from long routing documenting work and synchronization with database changes, enabling to perform precise database documentation.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Word
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: Yes

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, train your employees, create a hard copy of the structure snapshots, etc.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Excel,MS Word,PDF,Plain text,RTF,XML
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes

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.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: CHM,HTML
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes

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 for Access, MySQL, Oracle, SAS, SQL Server, PostgreSQL and DB2 databases.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: No
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: CHM,HTML,MS Word,PDF,RTF,XML,XPS
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: No

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.

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: Yes
Allows editing: Yes
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: HTML
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: Yes

SchemaSpy

Free and open source tool that generates interactive entity relationship diagrams to HTML from database schema. Requires Java 5 or higher.

Commercial: Free
Free edition: Yes
Allows editing: No
Metadata stored in: External repository
Export: HTML
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes

SQL Documentor

Commercial: Commercial
Free edition: -
Allows editing: No
Metadata stored in: N/A
Export: HTML,MS Excel,PDF
ER Diagram: -
Dependencies: -

WB Datadict

WB Datadict is a plugin for MySQL Workbench Community Edition 6.x that generates an HTML data dictionary from the database schema.

Commercial: Free
Free edition: Yes
Allows editing: No
Metadata stored in: Database comments/extended properties
Export: HTML
ER Diagram: No
Dependencies: No

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
Free edition: Yes
Allows editing: No
Metadata stored in: External repository
Export: CSV;HTML;JSON;Plain text
ER Diagram: Yes
Dependencies: Yes