Diaw.exe – What is it, Uses and Features

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Created by Alexander Larsson, Diaw.exe is an executable application and is a component of the Dia Diagram Editor Software. It is responsible for the display feature of this tool. This Dia is a user-friendly offline diagram software that works with Windows and Mac OS X.

Dia Diagram Editor is a digital drawing and editing software tool.

  • It is openly accessible, editable and freely licensed to all developers, coders, businesses and general public users. Since it is open-source, it is constantly improved and updated. Thus, offering fewer bugs.
  • Dia is totally free and can be downloaded from the official website.
  • It is supported by Windows, Linux, MAC OS X and Unix operating systems. 


1) Dia facilitates scripting on its interface in the Python language. It can also be used for the extension.

2) Its user interface type is Single Document Interface.

Its file format is .dia and it uses XML descriptions to create new shapes and designs. The XML is compressed using GZip compressor.

4) Multiple file format support: The diagrams on Dia Diagram Editor can be exported in the following file formats:

  • JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • WMF: Windows Meta File
  • CGM: Computer Graphics Metafile
  • SVG: Scalable Vector Graphics
  • PNG: Portable Network Graphics
  • VDX:  Visio Drawing
  • DXF: Drawing Interchange format
  • EPS: Encapsulated Postscript
  • XFIG
  1. Portable: This software can run on any system using a USB Device. For this, you will have to download & install Dia Portable software. The file size for its version 97.2 is 14.3 MB.
  2. The diagrams drawn on it can expand onto multiple pages.
  3. Multilingual: support of up to 60 languages.
  4. Huge range of symbols, lines, and objects. 

You may like to know the alternatives to Visio software.


Dia Diagram Editor can be used for drawing 30+ structural diagrams, some of which are:

  • Flowcharts
  • Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams
  • Database layouts
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Entity Relationships Diagram (ERD)
  • System network frameworks

I hope the above-provided information about Diaw.exe help you out. If know anything else about this application then please leave your comment below.



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