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  • Windows
  • .NET 4.5 or greater
  • EA 10.0 or greater (some functions are not supported with EA 9.0, possible Exception)
  • Local administration rights for installation


You can choose a per-user installation to install without admin provileges.

  • Click on hoTools.msi and follow the instructions
  • Advanced, to choose a per-user installation to install without admin rights

If you chosse advanced you can decide wheter to install per-user (no admin privileges required) or per-machine.




In users<userName>AppData\Local\Apps\hoTools\ you find the MDG 'hoModelViewsMDG.xml'. To install it see:

It contains Model Views and Searches for:

  • Diagrams
  • Diagram Types


  • EA

    • In EA: Extension, Addin Windows is selected
    • In EA: Manage Addins, MDG: hoTools is selected
    • hoToolsRemove.ps1 (deinstall with PowerShell, just for convenience)
  • hoTools Settings

    hoTools saves the settings.

Folders involved

It may slightly differ dependent on the Windows release.

Application / Software


Name Description
ActiveX.dll.config Default configuration
EaStandardSearches.json Documentation EA Standard Searches for Searching
hoModelViewsMDG.xml MDG: Model Views (Diagram, Example to structure Searches
hoToolsBasic.xml MDG: Basic Searches for hoTools
hoToolsCompilation.xml MDG: Compilation of Searches for hoTools
hoToolsHybridScripts.xml MDG: Hybrid Scripts to easily call Java/C# console applications Some of my searches you may use to see how it works. Copy the content to your defined SQL path in Settings SQL and Scripts.



Name Description
user.config Current configuration, delete to get the default settings
UserSearches.json Definition of user Searches to easily find them, just an easier access to your Searches

SQL error

The files are also accessable via hoTools, Help menu.

  • %APPDATA%\Sparx Systems\EA\dberror.txt (Last SQL error, deleted before SQL is processed)
  • %APPDATA%\Sparx Systems\EA\hoTools_LastSql.txt (The SQL string send to database)
  • %APPDATA%\Sparx Systems\EA\hoTools_SqlTemplatesAndMacros.txt (hoTools Macros and templates, after first SQL execution)



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