Entity-Relationship Diagram

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Entity–Relationship modeling was developed by Peter Chen in 1976 for database design. Usually ER Model is constructed as abstract data model which defines information structure and data.

The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) is the world-known way to show the logical structure of databases in visual manner. It gives an overall plan of how the database will look and is constructed of graphical elements, mainly of rectangles (representing entities and their properties) and lines (representing relationships and relationships of entities with each other). All relationships are divided into three categories: one-to-one (1:1), one-to-many (1:N), and many-to-many (M:N). Each entity has properties or characteristics that are implemented in the form of attributes that describe each entity instance.

The best software tool for drawing Entity-Relationship Diagram is ConceptDraw PRO vector graphics software with Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from Software Development area which gives the ability to describe a database using the Entity-Relationship model.

Example 1. Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) - Students and Teachers

Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution includes vector icons advocated by popular Chen's or Crow's foot notations that can be used when describing an enterprise database. All they are offered by the libraries: ERD Chen's Notation and ERD Crow' Foot Notation.

ERD Libraries

Example 2. ERD Libraries

Develop ER models and ER diagrams using these predesigned vector objects, or start with one of predesigned ERD templates from the Entity-Relationship Diagram solution. Two professionally designed ERD templates (Chen and Crow's Foot) are available at ConceptDraw Solution Browser.

ConceptDraw Solution Browser - ERD Templates

Example 3. ConceptDraw Solution Browser - ERD Templates

The vector graphic diagrams produced using the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution and also samples included to it can be successfully used in whitepapers, presentations, datasheets, posters, or any technical materials.

Entity-Relationship Diagram

Example 4. Entity-Relationship Diagram

The Entity-Relationship Diagram samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software using the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution from ConceptDraw Solution Park. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating each of these diagrams.

Use ConceptDraw PRO enhanced with Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution to draw quick and easy your own Entity-Relationship Diagram using Chen's or Crow's foot notations.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio XML, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Browser v3. The Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 or later users.

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  • Software Development Tool
  • Diagram Software
  • Technical Diagramming Tool
  • Business Diagramming Tool
  • Professional Business Graphics Tool
  • ERD Diagrams Software
  • Cross Platform Compatibility
  • ConceptDraw PRO native Mac app
  • Easier to use than Microsoft Visio® and more powerful
  • With free support and thousands of templates

Use Solution:

Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD)
  • Describing a database
  • Illustrate the logical structure of databases
  • Chen's notation
  • Crow’s Foot notation
  • Quick-Start ERD templates and samples
  • Entity Relationship Diagram examples
  • ERD vector elements
  • Import/Export Microsoft Visio™
  • Export to graphics files and PDF
  • Export to PPT™
  • Make Presentation

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Compatibility: Apple® OS X 10.10 or later
Microsoft® Windows® 7/8.1/10

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