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Database Design Tools

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Database Design Tools

DDT (or Database Design Tools) are the tools that can be used to create an Entity-relationship diagram or physical model of your database, which helps to create tables and relationships quickly and easily. To know more about ER Diagram, refer to this blog.

As the name suggests, database design is a collection of multiple processes that facilitate the DBMS (database management system) development, implementation, and maintenance. 

There are various types of software that helps to design the database diagrams easily, and these are known as database design tools. The following are some examples of Database Design Tools along with their features and official link for those tools (Some of them are free while others will be paid tools):

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Lucidchart

  • It is an ER diagram (Entity-relationship diagram) database design tool based on HTML5. It allows us to create complex database diagrams.
  • This tool keeps our database design (or the diagram) secure with the help of encryption.
  • Lucidchart helps us to manage user accounts easily.
  • In this tool, data can be imported to build organization charts automatically.

Refer here to know more about Lucidchart.

Visual Paradigm

  • It is a database design and management tool. This tool majorly helps the product development team to build the applications faster.
  • Visual Paradigm uses a drag and drop system for editing diagrams.
  • It also enables us to build the report.
  • Visual Paradigm can be used on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Visit here to know more about the Visual Paradigm.

DbSchema

  • It is a visual database designer and manager for databases of types: SQL, NoSQL, or Cloud.
  • DbSchema generate HTML5 diagram documentation.
  • This tool designs the schema in a team and deploys it on multiple databases.
  • DbSchema enables us to interact and visually design the database schema.

To know more about DbSchema, refer to this link.

QuickDBD

  • As its name suggests, QuickDBS is a tool that draws database diagrams quickly and makes your doc look professional.
  • Diagrams in QuickDBD can be shared online.
  • QuickDBD has a user-friendly Graphical user interface (GUI).
  • Here, diagrams can be drawn by typing.

Refer here to know more about QuickDBD.

SqlDBM

  • This is one of the most used tools for database design because this tool provides an easy and simple way to design your database on any browser.
  • SqlDBM does not require any other tools or database engines, or apps to use this program.
  • SqlDBM can manage both small and large databases and data models easily.
  • Here, you can zoom in and out diagrams.
  • You can customize your project view in SqlDBM by using table names only, the description only, or keys only.
  • SqlDBM allows importing an existing schema.

Click here to know more about SqlDBM.

Dbdiagram.io

  • This database design tool draws Entity-relationship diagrams by just writing codes. 
  • Dbdiagram.io is open source which means it is free of cost.
  • In this tool, we can directly generate the SQL statements.
  • Dbdiagram.io integrated with multiple web frameworks like Django, Rails, etc.

To know more about it, refer here.

Erwin Data Modeler

  • Erwin Data Modeler is used to create data models of logical, physical, and conceptual data.
  • It has a simple and easy GUI(graphical user interface).
  • Erwin Data Modeler can be used to manage structured data and unstructured data from any database.
  • This tool automatically compares the database and models.

Refer here to know more about Erwin Data Modeler.

Vertabelo

  • It is an online visual database design tool that helps us design the database at a logical and physical level.
  • Database models can be accessed anytime.
  • SQL scripts can be generated to create or remove elements from the database.
  • This diagram tool automatically sets the diagram's layout and helps validate your model and its workflow.

Visit here to know more about Vertabelo.

Draw.io

  • This ER diagram tool helps to create and manage the drawing.
  • Draw.io is a free tool.
  • This tool is compatible with all kinds of browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, etc.
  • This tool provides a drag and drops method.
  • There are ready-made templates to design the databases in the Draw.io tool. 
  • It can be used in both online and offline modes.

Click for the official link for Draw.io .

DeZign

  • An entity-relationship diagram tool allows us to visualize the data structures to create a new database.
  • DeZign also helps to understand your existing database tables and their relationships.
  • Here, you can zoom in and out diagrams.
  • Its latest version helps to reduce the faults in database development.
  • It also supports a range of data modeling techniques.

Visit DeZign’s official site to know more about it.

We learned some famous database design tools, Now let's move on to FAQs.

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FAQs

  1. What do you mean by database design?
    Database design is a collection of multiple processes that facilitate the DBMS(database management system) development, implementation, and maintenance. And the tools that are used to design database are database design tools. 
     
  2. What is ER Diagram?
    An ER diagram is a graphical representation of entities and relationships in the database. In Database Management System, an entity is a table or attribute of a table in the database, so relationships among tables and their attributes help the ER diagram to show the complete logical structure of the database.
     
  3. What is a DDT?
    DDT stands for Database Design Tools. They are the tools that can be used to create an Entity-relationship diagram or physical model of your database, which helps create tables and relationships quickly and easily.
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Key Takeaways

This blog introduces the database design tools and what Database design is. Later on, we learned about various most used Database design tools and their features.

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