Over a million developers have joined DZone.

PlantUML Pleasantness: Using the Built-in Icons

DZone's Guide to

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.

· DevOps Zone
Free Resource

“Automated Testing: The Glue That Holds DevOps Together” to learn about the key role automated testing plays in a DevOps workflow, brought to you in partnership with Sauce Labs.

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:

Image title

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:

Image title

Written with PlantUML 1.2017.18.

Learn about the importance of automated testing as part of a healthy DevOps practice, brought to you in partnership with Sauce Labs.

java ,plantuml ,icons ,diagrams ,tutorial

Published at DZone with permission of Hubert Klein Ikkink, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}