Example for the definition and usage of a simplified profile for organisation modelling purposes.

In the field of software engineering, a profile diagram operates at the metamodel level to show stereotypes as classes with the «stereotype» stereotype, and profiles as packages with the «profile» stereotype.[1] The extension relation (solid line with closed, filled arrowhead) indicates what metamodel element a given stereotype is extending.


The profile diagram didn't exist in UML 1. It was introduced with UML 2 to display the usage of profiles. Before its introduction, other diagrams had been used to display this issue.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Bernd Österreich (2009). Analyse und Design mit UML 2.3 - Objektorientierte Softwareentwicklung (in German) (9 ed.). Munich: Oldenburg. p. 334. ISBN 978-3-486-58855-2.