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Draws various diagrams from textual descriptions

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A tool to draw various charts from textual description. Currently two types of charts are supported: Message Sequence Charts or generic graphs, with more to be added in the future. You can embed the charts in a document or presentation on Windows. There is a command-line version for linux, replacing mscgen.

See the Wiki for detailed user and code documentation.

Gábor Németh has volunteered to maintain a debian package for Ubuntu. See install instructions on the Wiki.

Msc-generator Web Site


  • NEW: package available for Ubuntu, use apt-get to install. See instructions on the Wiki page.
  • Full support for graphviz graphs via the DOT language. Collapse/expand subgraphs, use styles and many other extensions.
  • A rich signalling chart syntax to describe arrows, boxes, comments and more.
  • A host of fully customizable visual attributes - or just use pre-defined styles.
  • Built-in editor with color syntax highlighting, smart-ident, auto-suggest and auto-complete.
  • Full OLE support on Windows - double click an embedded chart to edit.
  • Updated user interface, tracking mode, full screen and print support.
  • Export in PNG, PDF, SVG, EMF and EPS formats.
  • Doxygen, Sphinx, Msctexen integration via full compatibility with mscgen.
  • Full international support with UTF-8 and Windows Unicode files.


User Ratings

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User Reviews

  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Very nice tool Had a feature request, Zoltan added it and the feature works great Recommend to use

    Posted 10/13/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Very cool app! Hopefully get MAC version ready too!

    Posted 01/26/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Hi Zoltan, Many thanks for giving me great help over the email to fix my issue. Thanks again. Regards Majid

    Posted 12/15/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is a really great program. It is fairly easy to draw many different types of MSCs. There are lots of different types of symbols, arrows, lines, colors, etc. This tool can easily replace lots of manual "hand" drawing tools with all the benefits of handling pure text files. The documentation is also well written and detailed. The developer is also very responsive and open to questions and suggestions. I have researched a few of the text based MSC drawing tools and this one is the best by far.

    Posted 10/22/2013
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Excellent MSC generation software I have found. It highly surpasses other software, both in easiness of use, flexibility and quality. Totally recommended for communications engineers and IT related developers/researchers. It is a must for documenting, and with it's easy language it sure saves a lot of time and gives excellent presentation to anyone's work. Thank you very much for this development.

    Posted 10/08/2013
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

Telecommunications Industry, Architects

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows), Command-line

Programming Language

C++, Yacc, Flex



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