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Papyrus User Guide


Using modeling editors

UML modeling

Getting Started

Papyrus Perspective

The Papyrus perspective contains :

  • Model Explorer view
  • Outline view
  • Multi diagram editor view
  • Properties view
  • Toolbar

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Model Explorer View

The model explorer is used to navigate to the all model's elements and the diagrams.

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This action link the model explorer with the active diagram selection. This action works bidirectionally.

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This action allow to add new semantic element.

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This action allow to add new diagram in current selection.

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All actions are available on diagram item.

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The model explorer used Common Navigator Framework and provide facilities to customize view.

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To customize the content of treeViewer:

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To filter the content of treeViewer:

Papyrus ME CustomizeView Filters.png

Outline View

The Outline offers a thumbnail of the graphical representation and the list of semantic elements used in current diagram.

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Tutorials on UML modeling with Papyrus

Model/Diagram creation wizard

Create a new Model.

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Choose the model file name and the first diagram to create.

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Create a diagram from an existing uml file

From your uml file, select the "Initialize Papyrus diagram" to access the creation wizard of Papyrus. Your Papyrus diagram will be linked with your existing model.


Edit Elements on Diagrams


The palette is available with any diagrams. But its content depends on the diagrams type. The standard palette ( the top container of the palette in red in the here-after capture) contents a standard selection tool (the white arrow), a zoom in and zoom out tool, and marquee selection tools.
The standard palette is available for every diagram.

Marquee Selection Tools

See Marquee Selection Tool


Papyrus has its own set of Toolbars. A Toolbar regroups a set of tools belonging to the same kind of activity. The different Toolbars can be shown or hide depending on the perspectives.
The toolbars visibility can be customized from the menu Windows/Customize Perspectives.

Alignment Perpective

See Alignment

Text alignment

See Text alignment

Diagram Appearance Customization with CSS Stylesheets

In order to customize the display of your diagram by using CSS, see CSS Stylesheets in Papyrus

.myOwnStyle {
    fillColor: #A6C198;
    gradient:white horizontal;


Edit Elements on Tables

In order to edit your elements by using table representation,like the following picture, you can see Documentation about table

an example of normal table (UML Generic table)

Working with Profiles

Constraints in Papyrus

In order to edit your constraint in a profile as the following picture, you can see Create and edit constraints


To validate constraint on your model, you can see Define Profile Constraints

Externalized Profile Applications

If you want to externalize the profile application, you can see Managing profile applications separately from the applying models Papyrus extprof externalize button.png

Papyrus stereotype display

In order to edit stereotyped elements like in the following picture, you can see Display stereotypes

Properties of stereotype displayed in comment

SysML Modeling

To use papyrus with SysML1.4 see https://www.eclipse.org/papyrus/components/sysml/0.8.0/user/index.html

fUML and Alf Modeling

In order to use fUML with papyrus as the following picture, see Using fUML and Alf to produce executable models

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Additional Utilities of Papyrus

Layer Support

if you want to use layer, see Layers Guide

Model Execution

If you want to execute your model as the following picture, see Execute your fUML models with MOKA

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Code Generation Support

Existing Code Generation Facilities

Currently, Papyrus supports code generation for the following programming languages:



Adding a New Code Generator

Apart from the aforementioned programming language, it is also possible to develop and integrate other code generators to Papyrus. To learn about how to add a new code generator to Papyrus, refer to the following wikipage.

Reverse Engineering

Java Reverse Engineering

In order to model your java code into UML, see Java reverse engineering


Deploy your applications

If your want to deploy an application, see Papyrus Software Designer

Fragment a Model

If you want to fragment your model by using Control Mode, see Submodel Guide

Control Mode Menu

Embedded Editors

Papyrus provides embedded editors to edit UML Elements. Of course these editors allows to edit the name of the elements, but they allow to edit much more than this.

UML ValueSpecification editor

This editor allows to edit UMLValueSpecification. ValueSpecifications are used to define the default value of a Property or to define the multiplicity of a MultiplicityElement (lower and upper values). Papyrus provides an Xtext Editor for UML ValueSpecification. This editor provides completion (CTRL+SPACE) to help the user to define the value to set crossing easily the model.

You can use this editors in Papyrus table or in papyrus Property View for example.

The developer documentation for this editors is available here.


The default grammar of the XText parser for the Value Specification is the following:

(visibility)? (name'=')? value

The values accepted for the differents attributes are the following:

Attribute Required Values accepted
visibility No
  • + (public)
  • # (protected)
  • ~ (package)
  • - (private)
name No String representing an ID (i.e. XText grammar: '^'?('a'..'z'|'A'..'Z'|'_') ('a'..'z'|'A'..'Z'|'_'|'0'..'9')*)
value Yes
  • true or false (LiteralBoolean)
  • positive integer (LiteralUnlimitedNatural)
  • negative integer (LiteralInteger)
  • double (LiteralReal)
  • null (LiteralNull)
  • String with quote (LiteralSting). The quote (') is essential for 2 reasons:
    • The XText parser cannot define the difference between the name representing an InstanceSpecification and a simple string value
    • A Non-valid value won't be defined as an OpaqueExpression without quote but always as a LiteralString value
  • Instance Specification name (InstanceValue)
  • <Undefined> or empty (null)

If the text filled is not compatible with the grammar of XText parser, an OpaqueExpression will be created.

The XText parser for Value Specification is not restrictive with the text filled, i.e. the different features setted on an existing Value Specification will be kept if possible.

For example: If an existing Value Specification is a LiteralBoolean named 'testBoolean' with the visibility 'public' and the value setted to true, the text +testBoolean=false and false have the same result: the value of LiteralBoolean existing will pass to false (the name and the visilibity don't change).

The XText parser reacts differently instead of the type of the Value Specification's container:

Example: Without defined type on Value Specification's container

If the type of Value Specification's container is not defined, the default behaviour will be applied.

Here, some examples:

Text filled Namely Created ValueSpecification
Type Visibility Name Value
+testInstanceValue=InstanceSpec1 'InstanceSpec1' is an InstanceSpecification existing in the model InstanceValue public testInstanceValue 'instance' attribute of InstanceValue is a reference to the existing InstanceSpecification named 'InstanceSpec1'
No InstanceSpecification exist in the model OpaqueExpression public +testInstanceValue=InstanceSpec1
+testBoolean=true LiteralBoolean public testBoolean true
#testUnlimitedNatural=5 LiteralUnlimitedNatural protected testUnlimitedNatural 5
~testInteger=-8 LiteralInteger package testInteger -8
-testReal=12.34 LiteralReal private testReal 12.34
~testNull=null LiteralNull package testNull null
-testString="foo" LiteralString private testString foo
##testString="foo" OpaqueExpression public ##testString="foo"

Example: With defined type on Value Specification's container

If the type of Value Specification's container is setted, the same text filled will be have different behaviour depending to the type. In fact, the value filled must be consistent to the type, otherwise an OpaqueExpression will be created.

The different types corresponding to LiteralSpecification are the following:

LiteralSpecification Types corresponding
  • JavaPrimitiveTypes::boolean
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EBoolean
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EBooleanObject
  • PrimitiveTypes::Boolean
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::Boolean
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::BooleanObject
  • PrimitiveTypes::UnlimitedNatural
  • JavaPrimitiveTypes::int
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EInt
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EIntegerObject
  • PrimitiveTypes::Integer
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::Int
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::Integer
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::IntObject
  • JavaPrimitiveTypes::double
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EDouble
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EDoubleObject
  • PrimitiveTypes::Real
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::Double
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::DoubleObject
  • EcorePrimitiveTypes::EString
  • PrimitiveTypes::String
  • XMLPrimitiveTypes::String

Here, some examples:

Text filled Value Specification's container type Created ValueSpecification
Type Visibility Name Value
+testBoolean=true PrimitiveTypes::Boolean LiteralBoolean public testBoolean true
PrimitiveTypes::Integer OpaqueExpression public +testBoolean=true
-testUnlimitedNatural=8 PrimitiveTypes::UnlimitedNatural LiteralUnlimitedNatural private testUnlimitedNatural 8
PrimitiveTypes::Integer LiteralInteger private testUnlimitedNatural 8
PrimitiveTypes::Real LiteralReal private testUnlimitedNatural 8.0
PrimitiveTypes::Boolean OpaqueExpression public -testUnlimitedNatural=8
#testInteger=-6 PrimitiveTypes::UnlimitedNatural OpaqueExpression public #testInteger=6
PrimitiveTypes::Integer LiteralInteger protected testInteger 6
PrimitiveTypes::Real LiteralReal protected testInteger 6.0
PrimitiveTypes::Boolean OpaqueExpression public #testInteger=6
-testReal=4.5 PrimitiveTypes::Integer OpaqueExpression public -testReal=4.5
PrimitiveTypes::Real LiteralReal private testReal 4.5

Textual Editor For Named Element

Since Papyrus 1.1.0 (Eclipse Mars), Papyrus provides a new texutal editor to edit references to UML NamedElement. This editor works only for references which are not in containment. This editor has not been developed using XText. It use a custom string parser and provide a completion (CTRL+SPACE) to help the user to find the named elements to reference in the model.

You can use this editor in Property View or in Papyrus table for example. Developer documentation is available here.


  • This editors allows to find named element typing its name.
  • In case of several elements to found, the separator to use is the comma </code>'</code>
  • If the name of the element contains a comma, you should prefix and suffix its name by a quote '.
  • The value will not be set if the element can't be found is the model


If you have 3 Classes in your model, named Class1, Class2 and Clas,s3.

typed text completion proposal explanation
empty string <Undefined>, ... we look for nothing, so we provide the <Undefined> value and ... to ask to the user to write more text
Clas <Undefined>,Class1,Class2,Clas,s3 3 classes matches the string, <Undefined> is always proposed
Class <Undefined>,Class1,Class2 3 classes matches the string, <Undefined>is always proposed
'Clas <Undefined>, Clas,s3 the string starts with a quote and Clas,s3 contains a comma, so we propose Clas,s3; <Undefined> is always proposed
Clas, <Undefined>,... interpreted as a list of value, the first value is </code>Clas</code>, and we have no information for the second one, for the completion it is an empty string

Property View

Multiplicity Editor


The multiplicity editor contains two modes of edition:

  • The simple mode which allows to edit the lower and the upper values from a unique editor
  • The advanced mode which allows to edit the lower and the upper values from two editors of ValueSpecification.


Simple mode

The simple mode is represented as the following:


This editor must be filled by the following pattern:

Value filled Lower value Upper value
1 null (default value is 1) null (default value is 1)
x..y LiteralInteger with value x LiteralUnlimitedNatural with value y
x..* LiteralInteger with value x LiteralUnlimitedNatural with value -1 (interpreted as *)
x LiteralInteger with value x LiteralUnlimitedNatural with value x

The values set as lower and upper are always positive (except the * for the upper which is valued as -1).

This editor is usable only when the lower ValueSpecification is a LiteralInteger or null and when the upper ValueSpecification is a LiteralUnlimitedNatural or null. On the other hand, this editor will be displayed like the following:


Advanced mode

Simple ValueSpecification editor

The advanced mode with simple ValueSpecificatiton editors is represented as the following:


The lower and the upper ValueSpecification can be created/edited/deleted by the buttons:


XText ValueSpecification editor

The advanced mode with XText ValueSpecification editors is represented as the following:


This editor use the XText ValueSpecification editors (explain here) with some specificities depending on lower or upper value edition.

The specificity of the lower ValueSpecification edition is when the value filled is an integer, this one will be handled as LiteralInteger instead of LiteralUnlimitedNatural or LiteralInteger (the * value will create an OpaqueExpression).

The specificity of the upper ValueSpecification edition is when the value filled is an integer or *:

  • if the integer is positive or -1, a LiteralUnlimitedNatural will be created
  • if the integer is negative, an OpaqueExpression will be created instead of LiteralInteger

Switch modes

This is possible to switch between the two modes by two ways:

  • The button in the multiplicity editor:


  • The multiplicity editor preferences in the property views preferences:


Regarless of the way used to switch modes, the mode used is saved in the preferences and will be used for each multiplicity in Papyrus.


Key Bindings

Extra Components

Papyrus for Requirements

Papyrus for Requirements helps you to specify and analyze requirements in the context of systems modeling. It aims to cover the Specification, Management, Analysis and Validation-Verification activities of Requirements Engineering. Papyrus for Requirements depends on the components Papyrus for SysML and Papyrus for Metrics.

Please visit the Installation steps of Papyrus for Requirements