Every now and then I need to draw a diagram for a solution or platform architecture, and enjoy doing that! I usually spend more time on them then planned 🙄. There are lots of tools to create these diagrams, and lately I have been primarily using draw.io and I love it 🤩. Want to know how I make sure I have the latest Azure icons to work with? Read on!
Use this URL to directly open draw.io with the essential Azure icon libraries loaded and ready to use! Check my GitHub repo for all the libraries.
Before I continue, did you know that the open source draw.io will be rebranded to diagrams.net? It’s because of the .io domain. You can find a link to more info on the ins-and-outs at the end of this blog post.
It always takes more time to get a diagram correct then I want it to. I search way too long for icons. Sometimes I even end up creating them myself. There are some collections available online, but I can’t always see when they have been updated, and usually they are incomplete, so my search continues…
But recently I stumbled upon an online 💎: the largest single collection of Azure icons available (or at least that I could find)! The collection combines multiple online sources into a single collection. You can browse through it online and download individual icons or the whole shebang. And the best thing is it’s up-to-date and will hopefully continue to be so (you never know of course)! It’s created by Ben Coleman, and you can find the web interface here: https://code.benco.io/icon-collection/. His repo with the icons and even the tools used to create and manage this collection are available on GitHub: https://github.com/benc-uk/icon-collection.
How to use the icon collection in draw.io (diagrams.net)
I’ve made it easy for you: I’ve created a couple of custom libraries with all the icons! I’ve uploaded them to my GitHub, and you can use them in a couple of ways.
The first and most simple option is to just start the diagrams.net app with an URL with the correct libraries included as URL parameters:
- Click here to open app.diagrams.net with the essential libraries.
- Click here to open app.diagrams.net with all 9 libraries
(this will take a minute to load in the app, give it some time!).
Alternatively, you can open draw.io (diagrams.net) and follow these steps to include the libraries manually.
First, go to my GitHub repo README, check the list of URLs for the libraries, and copy the URL of the library you want to use:
Then, click on the ‘File’ menu. Click on ‘Open Library from’. Click on ‘URL…’.
Then, past in the URL of the library and click ‘Open’:
And, after a few seconds (depending on your bandwidth), the library is ready to use:
Repeat this for all the libraries that you want to include.
- An overview of all keyboard shortcuts for draw.io (diagrams.net): https://app.diagrams.net/shortcuts.svg
- Did you know draw.io is slowly being renamed to diagrams.net?
- Did you know you can even create draw.io diagrams in VS Code?
- Supported URL parameters for diagrams.net: https://desk.draw.io/support/solutions/articles/16000042546
- Documentation on draw.io libraries: https://github.com/jgraph/drawio-libs
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Thanks Dave, great to have these additional icons available within my https://app.diagrams.net/ !!
I have just installed the desk app 13.9.9 and there is no “Open Library From…” option
Thanks for the post
Hi Dave, thanks for the publication. I’m getting error when loading URL from “Azure Icon Set” link from the list provided on the Github page you mentioned. I also tried to download the diagram.net desktop version and as mentioned above, there’s no “Open library From…” option.
I do not see the icon for subnet in the library.
Great to have the azure icons in Diagrams.net , but it seems the search is not finding them. Could be because search does not support partial search and the icon names do not have spaces?
Hi! I will take a look into this, this month
Updated my draw.io desktop app to the latest from diagrams.net – there’s no option to open a library from a url
I just used the Open Library option and that worked!
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I’m using your URL in the tl;dr section and it works perfectly – thank you for this gem!
There is no Open Library From or anything like that. This is a buggy software as hell