Diagram layout

By default, Structurizr does not auto-layout your diagram elements, and you have several options.

Diagram layout by default
Diagranm layout after moving elements

1. Manual layout (recommended)

The diagram layout can be modified by dragging the elements around the diagram canvas in the diagram editor, and the layout saved using the "Save workspace" button.

2. Manually initiating the auto-layout function

Clicking the button will open the auto-layout modal, and allow you to customise the various properties that are used when applying the algorithm. Diagram elements are still movable manually after running auto-layout, and you still need to save the workspace using the "Save workspace" button.

3. Automatically initiating the auto-layout function

When using a client library, you can set the automaticLayout property of an individual view to have the auto-layout algorithm initiated automatically when the diagram is rendered. In this mode, the diagram elements are read-only, and cannot be moved manually.


There are a number of toolbar buttons that become enabled when you multi-select elements, which you can do by holding the Alt or Shift key while clicking an element, or by using the lasso tool. The following buttons allow you to align all selected elements with reference to the first element that was selected.

  • Align selected elements left.
  • Align selected elements centre.
  • Align selected elements right.
  • Align selected elements top.
  • Align selected elements middle.
  • Align selected elements bottom.

You can also horizontally and vertically centre the selected elements on the diagram canvas.

  • Centre selected elements.

Finally, selected elements can be evenly distributed using the following buttons.

  • Distribute selected elements horizontally.
  • Distribute selected elements vertically.


By default, all links between elements are straight lines. You can add vertices onto a link by clicking the mouse on the link. The vertex can be moved by dragging the red circle, and removed by clicking the cross.

No vertices
Adding a vertex
Moving a vertex

Moving the mouse cursor over a link will highlight that link. While highlighted, the up arrow and down arrow keys can be used to move the positioning of the label, while the r key will toggle the routing algorithm between direct and orthogonal.


Other buttons related to diagram layout are as follows.

  • Undo previous layout changes.
  • Bring elements back onto the diagram (this is useful when you resize the diagram canvas to make it smaller).
  • Open the automatic layout modal.

Here is a short video showing the diagram editor.