Generate Dependency Structure Matrix (DSM) to show dependency relationships between Classes, Interfaces and Packages. DSM quickly alerts you to overly specific dependencies and circular references in a concise color-coded chart.


Compatible with
Astah Professional and UML version 8.4 and later
Latest Version
1.4.2 (November 30, 2022)
No technical support is provided.

How to Install

  1. Download the Plug-in file. If you are using the old version of Astah, please download one that works for your Astah version.
  2. Drag the downloaded .jar file to an open instance of Astah. A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm installation choose [Yes]. Then restart Astah. If the pop-up below opens restart Astah.
  3. If you see the [DSM] window below the diagram editor, the installation is complete!
    DSM (Dependency Structure Matrix) Overview
    If there is no window below the diagram editor, go to [View] – [Show/Hide Extra View] to open.

How to use

If you have installed DSM Plug-in successfully, [DSM] tab should appear in the bottom pane just below the Diagram Editor.
DSM (Dependency Structure Matrix) Overview

When there is a color in the cell, that means the following alert. So when your DSM has color cells, try fixing your model accordingly.
Clear analysis using DSM could help to find the risks of the dependencies of models as you model.




RedCircular reference
Could rise the dead lock and closed loop, degrade of the modulability
PinkIndirect circular reference
Same as above
YellowIndirect circular reference
Too much responsibility on one pole. Changing of this model could rise big influences in wide filed.

Supported models in DSM

Astah loads the following relationships between Class (Interface, Actor, Entity, BusinessEntity, Boundary, Control and BusinessWorker) and Package (Subsystem, Model) as Dependencies.

Non-navigable is treated as dependent unidirectional.
Association (Aggregation)
Counts "one-way" dependency from the container to the other.
Association (Composition)
Counts "one-way" dependency from the container to the other.
Dependency, Usage Dependency, Realization and Template Binding
Counts one as a dependency from SubClass to Super Class.
Counts as a dependency from Implement Class to Interface.
Dependencies within a Package
All the dependencies within a Package are not counted.

Filter by namespace

You can switch the DSM view by namespace. Only the models in selected namespace would appear in DSM.
DSM (Dependency Structure Matrix) Filter

Export DSM to Excel

You can export the DSM to Excel by selecting the top right button “Export to Excel”.
DSM (Dependency Structure Matrix) Export to Excel

DSM (Dependency Structure Matrix) in Excel


  • If there are more than 100 models in one DSM, an alert appears to warn you because it may cause the performance issue.
  • Anonymous bound class would not appear.




Download Old Versions

Compatible with Plug-in Version Release Date Download
Astah Professional and UML version 6.6 – 8.3 1.3.5 2019.4.11 Download Icon
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