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How to Make an ER Diagram

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Posted by James Freeman | 07/09/2021

Part 1: What is Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD)?

In the context of database design, an entity is an object or data component. To illustrate the structure of a database, you must first define the entities and show the relationships between them. An entity-relationship diagram (ER Diagram) is used for this very purpose. It allows you to create a new database or document an existing one to manage or maintain it.

ER diagrams offer a visual representation of a database structure, making it more digestable for non-technical stakeholders. Databases can become very complicated, very fast. By having a visual representation of the database on hand, IT professionals can better analyse a database and identify problems more quickly.


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Part 2: ER Diagram Symbols

Below are pre-made and editable entity relationship symbols in EdrawMax including entity, view, parent to category, category to child, dynamic connector, line connector, strong entity, weak entity, strong relationship, weak relationship, attribute, derived attribute, constraint, and participation, etc.

Entity Relationship Symbols

Database Model Diagram Symbols

Object Relationship Symbols

Object Relationship Symbols

Chen ERD Symbols

Chen ERD Symbols

Express-G Symbols

Express-G Symbols

Martin ERD Symbols

Martin ERD Symbols

ORM Diagram Symbols

ORM Diagram Symbols


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Part 3: How to Make a ER Diagram

Step 1: Open EdrawMax from your computer, and navigate to [New] > [Database Modeling]. You can see all the pre-made tempaltes of ER Diagrams.

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Step 2: Open and modify an ERD template selected from the gallery, or you can create a new one with ERD symbols provided by EdrawMax. The handy and powerful editing and formatting tools will also give you great help to create the diagram in minutes.

open ERD template

Step 3: When you have made your ERD in EdrawMax, you can save and export the drawing to graphics(JPG, PNG), PDF, SVG, Visio vsdx file format, editable MS Office file format, and HTML.

save and export file in EdrawMax

Step 4: Alternatively, you can share your ER diagram with your team via social media and sharing links. You can also publish your drawings into EdrawMax's template gallery and present it online.

share and publish file in EdrawMax

Part 4: ER Diagram Examples

Example 1: Standard Entity Relationship Diagram

An Entity Relationship Diagram is a visual representation of how several entities exist in a system and their relationship with one another. A standard ER diagram shows department ids and their relationship with other service providers within the same industry.

Standard Entity Relationship Diagram

Example 2: ER Diagram for Accounts Receivable Systems

An ER Diagram for Accounts where a complete transaction flow happens can be visually illustrated using receivable systems’ mockup. An accounts receivable system shows who owes them money and how much they owe. It also reveals the ways to improve the cash flow that will directly impact a business’ workflow.

ER Diagram for Accounts Receivable Systems

Here shows more editable ER Diagram examples created by EdrawMax.

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