What’s the best ERD tool for the Mac?


I spent ages combing the web for a decent ERD tool for the Mac, and for some time resigned to using dbwrench, a java binary the provides decent but limited functionality and is free of charge.

The choice of tools for ERD work is much narrower than what’s available on Linux or the PC, where something like DBDesigner 4 is fantastic and can handle pretty much any job you throw at it.

Then finally I stumbled across SQLEditor and I have to say it’s excellent.  It has a sharp and clean GUI with the attention to detail you’d expect from a first rate Mac app.  However there is a price tag, $79, and after years of being able to depend on high quality apps that are available for free, I have to say paying such a price takes some getting used to.  In this case I think it’s totally worth it and would recommend this tool for any Mac-based software developer.

NB: As phpMyAdmin has collapsed in recent versions, you might also be looking for a decent MySQL client, Sequel Pro is the clear leader.


One thought on “What’s the best ERD tool for the Mac?

  1. Vertabelo http://www.vertabelo.com is worth to check. Vertabelo is an online database designer working under Chrome.

    The most important feature of this tool is that it allow to share database models across the team and collaborate on them via web browser.

    Others features:
    * Support for PosgreSql, MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, DB2, SQLite, HSQLDB<
    * Dynamic/Visual search
    * Live database model validation
    * Model versioning
    * Forward engineering
    * Reverse engineering

    Vertabelo is free to use for smaller projects and have commercial versions for larger.

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