Dear ladies and gentlemen,

for my master thesis I have to analyze process models. 
I received models as an .adb file which I cannot open with ARIS Architect & Designer 9.8 (free student version). 
According to the modeler the modeling was done with the 7.1-version of ARIS.

Could you please tell me:
a) how to convert the .adb file so I can open it with ARIS Architect 9.8, or
b) if I could get an old (and free) 7.1-version of ARIS?

Thank you very much in advance!

Best wishes
by Alexander Cherednichenko
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Posted on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 18:06


What kind of issue was in ARIS 9? Also can you write the full version of ARIS 7? For this just open .adb file with ZIP/RAR (it just archive), there is file version.txt, there you can find version. In that case it is possible to say something what is wrong with your file.

Of course, if it is not commercial information you can send your .adb file to our technical support (, we will try to find the solution

by Alexander Lohr Author
Posted on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 20:01

@Alexander Cherednichenko:

When trying to restore/import the .adb-file the following message occurs:
     Unable to import database.
     The ADB file to be restored originates from an invalid version.
     Restoring this content is not supported.

As you suggested I opened the .adb-file with WinRAR and the version.txt file says:

@Jorge Reyna R.:

Before using ARIS Architect & Designer 9.8 I tried to open it with the current ARIS Express version. Then I found out that you can't open .adb-files with ARIS Express, but you can open them with ARIS Architect & Designer.

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by Runé Becker
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Posted on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 23:13

A database of version 6.x has first to be converted to 7.2, and can then be imported into ARIS 9.x.

ARIS Express can not import an ARIS database backup file (.ABD) at all.

You could send your ADB file either to University Relations or Global Support ARIS via Empower, asking  get it converted into ARIS 7.2 format.


by Alexander Cherednichenko
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Posted on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 23:44

Alex, as you see problem is with version, so you can really send your .adb to sag's or our support to convert your file


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