The ArchiMate® Modeling Language, an Open Group Standard

ArchiMate 3.0 Specification

The latest version of the language is the ArchiMate 3.0 Specification, which was published in June 2016.

ArchiMate 3.0 is a major update to the standard, with many new concepts. New features included in Version 3.0 include elements for modeling the enterprise at a strategic level, such as capability, resource, and outcome. It also includes support to model the physical world of materials and equipment. Furthermore, the consistency and structure of the language have been improved, definitions have been aligned with other standards, and its usability has been enhanced in various other ways.

Learn about the features of the ArchiMate 3.0 language on The Open Group Youtube Playlist.

The new version of the language has been created to respond to a number of requirements:

  • Increasing demand for relating business strategy with business and IT operations
  • Technology innovations that mix IT and the physical world
  • Usage in new domains; e.g., manufacturing, logistics
  • Improved consistency and comprehensibility
  • Improved alignment between Open Group standards, notably with the TOGAF Framework

The standard can be downloaded from The Open Group's ArchiMate Forum website.


ArchiMate is The Open Group's open and independent modelling language for enterprise architecture, supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments to support enterprise architects in describing, analyzing and visualizing the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way. Well-established disciplines like civil engineering or building and construction use internationally accepted standards for describing their designs.

Just like an architectural drawing in classical building architecture describes the various aspects of the construction and use of a building, ArchiMate offers a common language for describing the construction and operation of business processes, organizational structures, information flows, IT systems, and technical infrastructure. This insight helps stakeholders to design, assess, and communicate the consequences of decisions and changes within and between these business domains.

The ArchiMate standard is hosted by The Open Group's ArchiMate Forum, who are actively working on its dissemination and further development.