Protege Desktop User Documentation
This page is the official documentation home for the Protege Desktop application, versions 4.x and higher.
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Build status & release notes
The latest version of Protege Desktop is 5.0 beta:
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 bug or feature request, 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-user mailing list. Give as much detail as possible (including examples or ontologies if possible) as this will help us track things down more quickly.
Current GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/protegeproject/protege/issues?state=open
Old GForge bug and feature request trackers (no longer in active use):
- Feature request tracker - a searchable list of features that have been requested (and implemented)
- Bugtracker - a searchable list of reported and resolved bugs
Frequently asked questions
We've put together a wiki page to answer the most commonly asked questions about Protege Desktop.
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
- Protege 4 OWL Diff - compare two versions of an ontology
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.