I am trying to document an architecture in Visio, and I can't find a shape for a database. I see servers, clients, etc. - but no database.

  • Please consider marking the more upvoted question the correct answer.
    – Kermit
    May 9, 2013 at 17:43
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    I actually did a search for databases in the shapes column and was presented with many different database designs. I'm using Microsoft Visio Standard 2010.
    – Glenak1911
    Jul 1, 2014 at 15:32

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I think the user was asking about finding a database stencil, rather than looking to generate a Visio document for an existing database.

If that is correct, I believe the desired shape can be found under:

File -> Shapes -> Flowchart -> Miscellaneous Flowchart Shapes

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20120121234844/http://www.workplacelife.com/2006/04/11/creating-flowcharts-using-common-visio-shapes

P.S. Sorry for posting to an old thread, but Google brought me here with a similar question and, once I found the answer, I thought I would share.

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    nothing wrong posting to an old thread
    – leora
    Dec 14, 2011 at 0:56
  • Nothing wrong considering this it THE answer. Thanks!
    – Liam M
    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:52
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    Why would such common object, understood by many, be embedded in such obscure place/menu?! Oct 9, 2013 at 0:06
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    Yep, four years later, someone else is again grateful that you wrote your answer.
    – screwnut
    Mar 6, 2015 at 19:47
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    Looks like that link is now broken. Jul 14, 2015 at 15:06

Which version do you have? Because it's not included in all version.

  • Standard : This edition does not include the Database Model Diagram template.

  • Professional: This edition supports the reverse engineering features for the Database Model Diagram template (that is, using an existing database to create a model in Visio) but does not support forward engineering (that is, using a Visio database model to generate SQL code).

  • Enterprise Architect: This edition, which is included in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect, supports the full suite of database modeling features, including both reverse engineering and forward engineering.


  • The Source link in this one is broken as well. Jul 14, 2015 at 15:07
  • This isn't anything to do with the question.
    – Rob Grant
    Sep 16, 2015 at 12:50

On Visio 2010, there is a Database relational shape in Network - Network Symbols. In italian, Altre forme - Rete - Simboli Rete . There is a Database relational shape that is perfect.


Can also be found under Shapes -> Software & Database -> Software -> Common Icons.

  • My Visio 2007 doesn't have a "Common Icons" option under Shapes -> Software & Database -> Software.
    – kad81
    Dec 3, 2013 at 5:35
  • You forgot to specify the version you are using. I assumed you were using 2010.
    – Talon
    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:56
  • The Software & Database category is available in Visio Pro only, not Visio Standard. Jun 13, 2014 at 12:35
  • im using 2016, and it worked perfectly fine for me. Thanks Jan 17, 2017 at 17:49

For a basic, upright cylinder:

Shapes -> Software and Database -> Software -> Enterprise Application

The shape is titled "Datastore".


Here's an alternative: http://www.itsupportforum.net/topic/where-to-find-the-database-shape-in-visio-2010/

There's an option of a grey or white database shape here.

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    Welcome to Super User. While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. Mar 2, 2015 at 4:59

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