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PlantUML Pleasantness: Using the Built-in Icons

Bring your PlantUML diagrams to life with this set of instructions for including the built-in icons at your disposal.

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PlantUML has a built-in icon set we can use in our diagram definitions. The icon set is the open source OpenIconic. We refer to an icon using the syntax <&iconName>. We can use an icon everywhere where we can use text in our diagrams.

In the following example, we use different icons in different places:


skinparam DefaultFontSize 24
skinparam DefaultTextAlignment center

title <&caret-right> Using icons in PlantUML <&caret-left>

package "Charts <&menu>" as charts {

    file bar [


    file pie [




When we generate a diagram we see the following output:

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To get a list of available icons we can use the statement listopeniconic. This will create a diagram with all the icons and their names we can use:


The following image shows all icons that we can use:

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Written with PlantUML 1.2017.18.

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