Protege 4 User Documentation
This page contains a collection of links to documentation for end users of the Protege 4.x series. Please give us your feedback! You can subscribe to our free support mailing list via the list information page.
Protege 4 status
Build status & release notes
The latest Protege 4 build is the 4.3 release from April 15, 2013.
To help you decide whether to update, please refer to our complete list of release notes for prior versions of Protege.
Bugs & feature requests
Before you report a feature request or potential bug, check the lists below to ensure it hasn't already been reported. If the item is not currently open or you have further information or a question about an existing item, please post a message on the Protege 4 mailing list. Give as much detail as possible (including examples or ontologies if possible) as this will help us track things down more quickly.
- Feature request tracker - a searchable list of features that have been requested (and implemented)
- Bugtracker - a searchable list of reported and resolved bugs
We have put together a wiki page to answer the most commonly asked questions about the 4.x series of the Protege application:
Getting started / tutorials
- Getting started with the Protege-OWL editor - a short guide to the interface
- Protege 4 User's Guide - a guide on how to use Protege to create, edit, and inspect ontologies
- Pizzas in 10 minutes: A demo of modeling shortcuts - a quickstart guide to creating your first OWL ontology
- A Practical Guide to Building OWL Ontologies using Protege 4 and CO-ODE Tools - a substantial guide to OWL and ontology engineering
- Cody Burleson's screencast version of the tutorial listed directly above (it would be great if he got some encouragement for part 6).
- A Description Logic Primer
- Overview of features - a quick summary of the editor
- P4 views guide - a list of all of the default views that are distributed with P4
- P4 menu guide - all of the default menus explained in detail (with keyboard shortcuts)
- P4 preferences guide - customising P4 to your needs
- Naming and rendering of entities - a note on naming things in OWL and configuring P4 to support your naming conventions
- P4 expression editor - adding and editing OWL expressions in P4
- Manchester OWL Syntax - an overview of the default syntax used by P4
- DL Query tab - how to query using arbitrary class expressions in OWL
- Anonymous classes - support in P4 for class expressions
- OWL Imports - modular ontology support in OWL and P4.1
- Axiom annotations - how to annotate at axiom level in Protege 4
Further setup / configuration
- Adding more memory
- Double-clicking on OWL files
- Dealing with P4 preferences problems
- Working with firewalls and proxies
- From build 104 P4 will find plugins and updates for you. See our Auto Update page.
- Plugins for Protege 4.x OWL editor - the list of "Compatible Plugins" on this page is the result of a semantic query that gathers all plug-ins that have declared themselves compatible with the 4.x version of the Protege-OWL editor.
- CO-ODE Protege 4.x Plugins - the CO-ODE group at the University of Manchester is the biggest contributor of plug-ins to the Protege-OWL editor. This is a good place to go to download early releases and source code for CO-ODE developed plug-ins.
If you have developed a plug-in for Protege-OWL 4.x and you would like to contribute it to the community, please see contributing plugins.
Please see this page for details on how you can contribute.