Template diagrams with previews, subcategories and search

diagrams.net 14 Jun 2021

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You can now search for template diagrams and preview templates in the template library at diagrams.net. The new subcategories make it easier to find a specific template diagram in categories with many diagrams, such as the cloud infrastructure templates.

Open the template manager dialog

When you create a new diagram, the template library dialog will appear by default after you select where you want to store your diagram.
Choose a diagram template when you create a new diagram at diagrams.net

In the diagrams.net editor, select Arrange > Insert > Template from the menu.

If you are using the Sketch whiteboard-style diagram editor theme, click the Template tool on the left to open the template library dialog.

Find a template diagram

Templates are organised into categories on the left in the template library. Click on the solid arrow next to a large category to see its subcategories.
Open the template library dialog to see a wide range of diagram templates in diagrams.net

Preview a template

Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right of a template in the template library dialog to see a larger preview of it.
Hover over a template in diagrams.net to see a larger preview of it

You can freely edit a template that you have added to your diagram: change labels, add and connect new shapes, reposition shapes and connectors, change shape styles, and more.

Note: If you are using the whiteboard-style editor theme, the sketch (rough) shape, text and connector styles will be applied by default to the basic shapes in this template.
Hover over a template in diagrams.net to see a larger preview of it

Search for a template

  1. Click in the Search field at the top of the template library dialog.
  2. Type your search term and press Enter to find any template with your search term in its name. For example, search for class to see class diagram templates.
    Enter a search term in the template library to find matching templates

Add the template to your diagram

You can add more than one template to your diagram.

  1. Select the template in the template library dialog.
  2. Click Insert to add it to the drawing canvas (or click Create if you are creating a new diagram).
    Hover over a template in diagrams.net to see a larger preview of it

Match the shapes used in a template

If you don’t see the shapes that are used in the template diagram you selected in the shapes panel on the left, click on More Shapes at the bottom of this panel, select the shape library you need, then click Apply.

Tip: In the sketch diagram editor theme, click on the Shapes tool or press Ctrl+Shift+K on Windows (Cmd+Shift+K on macOS) to see the shapes panel.

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