dia - a diagram drawing program
dia [-c] [--credits] [-e OUTPUT] [--export=OUTPUT] [-L LAYER,LAYER,...]
[--show-layers=LAYER,LAYER,...] [-h] [--help] [-n] [--nosplash]
[-s WxH] [--size=WxH] [-t FORMAT] [--filter=FORMAT] [-v]
[--version] [file ...]
Dia is used to create diagrams. Dia has a number of basic tools, like
lines and boxes but can also dynamically load sheets. A sheet is a
collection of tools that are used in a certain type of diagram.
Most diagram objects in Dia have connection points. Lines can be
connected to these connection points and this way graph structures can
be formed. When objects are moved or resized the connections will
follow the objects.
Diagrams drawn in Dia can be exported as PostScript.
Dia accepts the following options:
Display credits list and exit.
-e OUTPUT --export=OUTPUT
Export loaded file to OUTPUT and exit.
Display a list of all commandline options.
Do not show the splash screen.
-s WxH --size=WxH
Export loaded file in decimal given width and/or height. It is
allowed to only select width or height. E.g. --size=520x exports
an image that is 520 pixels wide, while --size=x900 exports an
image of 900 pixels height.
This option is currently only implemented for the PNG export
-L LAYER,LAYER,... --show-layers=LAYER,LAYER,...
Only include specified layers when exporting. Layers can be
specified either as a layer name, the layer number or a numeric
range X-Y of layers. --show-layers=background,2-5 shows the layer
named background and layers 2-5, --show-layers=2- shows layers 2
-t FORMAT --export-to-format=FORMAT
Export loaded file in FORMAT and exit. Format are described below.
Display dia version and exit.
The following export formats are supported by dia.
o cgm (Computer Graphics Metafile, ISO 8632)
o dia (Native dia diagram)
o dxf (Drawing Interchange File)
o eps or eps-builtin or eps-pango (Encapsulated PostScript)
The format specifications eps and eps-pango both use the font
renderer of the Pango library, while eps-builtin uses a dia
specific font renderer. If you have problems with Pango rendering,
e.g. Unicode, try eps-builtin instead.
o fig (XFig format)
o mp (TeX MetaPost macros)
o plt or hpgl (HP Graphics Language)
o png (Portable Network Graphics)
o shape (Dia Shape File)
o svg (Scalable Vector Graphics)
o tex (TeX PSTricks macros)
o wpg (WordPerfect Graphics)
o wmf (Windows MetaFile)
dia creates a directory .dia in the user's home, which contains
different files to store user preferences. To reset dia to it's default
behaviour, just remove the respective file:
o defaults.dia: contains default values for elements (XML format).
o diarc: keeps dia preferences (ASCII).
o history: keeps the list of last edited diagrams (ASCII).
o menurc: contains an automated accelerator map dump (Lisp).
o persistence: contains GUI information, e.g. open windows (XML).
o pluginrc: the list of loaded plugins (XML).
Copyright 1999 Alexander Larsson.
Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that
both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in
This manual was written by Fredrik Hallenberg.
Fredrik Hallenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
W. Borgert <email@example.com>
Alan Horkan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 1999, 2004 Fredrik Hallenberg, W. Borgert, Alan Horkan
[FIXME: source] 2004-11-26 DIA(1)