Version 8, released February 2022, UA version August 2022, CZ version October 2022.

We are so happy to announce the availability of the Czech version of arc42 - thanx to Jakub RC. You rock!

We are incredibly happy to announce the availability of the Ukrainian version of arc42 - thanx to Ivan Bulyk and support from Larysa Visengeriyeva.

Personal note from Gernot Starke, April 2022: As a consequence to the inhuman and cruel invasion of Ukraine, we want to cut all ties to Russia. Even if it’s only a small gesture, we decided to remove the Russian version from our repositories.

On this page you find all available arc42 template downloads, various formats for various tools. For an overview of these formats, see below.

File-based formats

These formats are generated based upon their AsciiDoc sources from the Github repository.

Format Language Plain
(without explanation)
With Help
(contains explanations for every section)
docx EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
asciidoc EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
markdown EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
markdownMP EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
markdownStrict EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
markdownMPStrict EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
gitHubMarkdown EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
gitHubMarkdownMP EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
latex EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
html EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
rst EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip
textile EN .zip .zip
  CZ .zip .zip
  DE .zip .zip
  ES .zip .zip
  IT .zip .zip
  NL .zip .zip
  UA .zip .zip

Confluence format

Confluence versions are generated with help and come in two flavors:

  • flat: all sections on a single page
  • structured: one Confluence page per arc42-section
Language flat structured
CZ .zip .zip
DE .zip .zip
EN .zip .zip
ES .zip .zip
IT .zip .zip
UA .zip .zip

These versions are generated for the latest version of confluence.

Notes for Confluence users

Legacy Version (arc42 v6) for Confluence

If you still use confluence version 4 or 5, these legacy downloads might help you

Confluence version Language With Help
5.x EN .zip
>4.3 EN .zip
5.x DE .zip
>4.3 DE .zip

These legacy versions have been provided (thanx!) by arc42 users - and can not be supported by us (as we don’t have access to these legacy Confluence versions).

Enterprise Architect© format

Enterprise Architect;copy; is a commercial UML modeling tool by SparxSystems.

The Enterprise-Architect version of arc42 contains only the diagram-intensive parts of the arc42 structure without help text. It’s available in EN only.

Please use this format only as a companion to any textual or wiki format, as it does not contain any explanations or rationales. Put your diagrams into an EA model, but text and tables should be created, kept and maintained differently.

Enterprise Architect EAP
Short EA template: arc42-V6-short.eap.zip

IBM Rhapsody© format

Rhapsody© is a commercial modeling tool by IBM, primarily suited for embedded systems.

The Rhapsody version of arc42 contains the complete parts of the arc42 structure with minimum help text. It’s available in EN only. This rhapsody arc42 profile includes the complete arc42 structure within Rhapsody using UML/SysML.

This version has been created and tested with Rhapsody version 8.2.1.

It contains following items in the zip archive:

  1. rhapsody_arc42_profile Rhapsody project. In this Rhapsody project following model is contained:
    • rhapsody_arc42_profile which comprises of stereotypes required for establishing arc42 structure
    • place holder to start adding your project
  2. rhapsody_arc42_report_generation folder for Report generation which contains IBM RPE template required to generate Report out of the Rhapsody model.

  3. rhapsody_example_arc42_for_arc42 example Rhapsody project called. In this Rhapsody project following model is incorporated
    • example_arc42_for_arc42 a small example where all the chapters are explained on why arc42 with arc42 structure
    • usage of rhapsody_arc42_profile within
  4. rhapsody_arc42_getting_started_guide.docx which explains the usage of rhapsody arc42 profile

We appreciate the contribution of user @nrnjnsk83 (Niranjan SK, Robert Bosch GmbH), who produced and contributed the Rhapsody version for arc42!

IBM Rhapsody arc42 Template
arc42-v1-rhapsody.zip

Formats for other modeling tools

We currently don’t support additional modeling tools - but would love to… In case you use arc42 with such a tool, please think about contributing :-)

Please contact us!

Format overview

docx
Microsoft Word, usable with LibreOffice or OpenOffice
asciidoc
Powerful yet simple markup language, used by arc42 itself. Ideally suited for architecture documentation. See docToolchain or the original source.
markdown
Widespread and simple markup language, documented here by its inventor.
markdown (strict)
A restricted markup, documented here by its inventor.
markdownMP
Same format as markdown above but every chapter is located in its own file.
gitHubMarkdown
GitHub Flavored Markdown is a dialect of Markdown that is used on GitHub.com and GitHub Enterprise. See the article here .
gitHubMarkdownMP
Same format as gitHubMarkdown above but every chapter is located in its own file.
latex
No, not the rubber stuff, but the mother (despite TeX) of all markup languages, a full-blown document preparation system. For those who need beauty and are willing to invest some effort…
rst
ReStructuredText, markup language, heavily used by ReadTheDocs and in the Python world.
textile
Another simple markup language, documented on textile-lang.com/). 
html
Used only to view the template, not to work with it.
Confluence
A commercial wiki system (by Atlassian Inc.).

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