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Converts tables found in the rendered body of the macro into a Graphviz graph. Each row found in a table is converted to a node relationship. The Flowchart macro is used for the rendering, so it must be enabled and working correctly. This macro simplifies use of the Graphviz support by eliminating or significantly reducing the need to know the dot language. Advanced users will still need to consult the Graphviz documentation for the multitude of attributes and settings that are possible. The primary reason of this macro is to allow SQL queries to generate graphs easily.


The table or tables specified in the body of the macro or created as a result of other macros. Specifically, the SQL for ConfluenceCSV Macro, and the Excel Macromacro can be used to produce the tables.

The columns in the table are interpreted as follows:

  1. Node with label equal to the column. The source of a relationship. This is the only required column.
  2. Node with label equal to the column. The target of a relationship.
  3. Relationship attributes.
  4. Source node attributes.
  5. Target node attributes.
  6. First cluster number. A cluster is a subgraph that contains the source and target nodes for this row.
  7. First cluster attributes.
  8. Second cluster number. The second cluster is a subgraph that contains the first cluster.
  9. Second cluster attributes.

Attributes are defined by Graphviz for nodes, relationships, and subgraphs (clusters). They are specified as comma separated list. Attribute values containing blanks must be surrounded by double quotes. Some commonly used attributes are:

  • label - text to display
  • style - examples: filled, bold, dotted, dashed, invis (for invisible)
  • fillcolor - node fill color
  • fontname - standard font name (enclosed in double quotes if contains a blank)
  • fontsize - standard font size
  • fontcolor - color usually specified as a color name like blue, grey, lightyellow
  • shape - examples: rect, box, circle, ellise, triangle, polygon (together with sides attibutes), diamond, ...
  • sides - number of sides for a polygon shape
  • peripheries - number of node boundaries

Graphviz Resources

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GraphViz Resources
GraphViz Resources


Macro Specific Parameters

ParameterDefaultMacro Browser LabelDescription
showDatafalseShow the rendered dataShows the rendered body data after the graph.
directionTBDirection of graph (rankdir)

Sets the graphviz rankdir parameter

  • TB – top to bottom
  • LR – left to right
Node parametersSets the graphviz node parameter. The default node attributes are taken from the default Flowchart macro behavior. By specifying the node parameter, you can override these defaults or add additional default attributes. See the Graphviz Documentation for information on attributes and settings.
Edge parametersSets the graphviz edge parameter. The default edge attributes aretaken from the default Flowchart macro behavior. By specifying the edge parameter, you can override these defaults or add additional default attributes. See the Graphviz Documentation for information on attributes and settings.
Replace variablesA comma separated list of key:value pairs that will be used to convert column values to attributes. If a column value for an attribute column matches one of the keys, the associated value will replace the column value. This makes it easy to associate attributes to column data. If more than one attribute needs to be specified for a key, enclose the value in a single quote so that the comma gets treated as a attribute separator.
tablesallTable ids or numbers to includeComma separated list of table ids and/or table numbers contained within the body of the macro that will be used as the data for the graph.
Column numbers to includeAllows selection of the columns of the table that will be used for the graph. It must be a comma separated list of 1 or more positive integers in any order. The default value of blank represents columns=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. If the table does not contain the column indicated, it will be ignored. For example, if columns=3,13 then column 3 will be used for the source node and column 13 will be used for the target node of the relationship. All other columns will be ignored.

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Common parameters
Common parameters

Other Parameters 

  • ... - All other parameters are passed through to Graphviz for setting any global Graphviz parameter. Some common examples are:
    • ranksep - Separation in inches between nodes.
    • bgcolor - Background color.
    • size - Size specified as width, height in inches. Example: size="3,5".



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| A | B |
| A | C |

Relationship and node attributes

Note that headings are ignored

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|| heading 1 ignored || heading 2 ignored ||
| A node | B node | label="relationship 1", style=dashed | style=normal | fillcolor=lightblue |
| A node | C node |
| A node | D node | style=invis |

Multiple tables and using parameters

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{graph-from-table:node=fillcolor=lightblue,fontsize=20|edge=style=bold,color=red| replace=key1:'style=dashed, color=blue', key2:style=invis|ranksep=2.0}
| A node | B node | | shape=polygon,sides=8,peripheries=3 | |
| A node | B node | | style=dashed |
| A node | C node |
| A node | D node | key2 |

Here is a second table
| E | F | key1 |
| F | G | key1 |

Subgraphs - clusters

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{graph-from-table:direction=LR|ranksep=1.5|node=fillcolor=lightblue,fontsize=20| edge=style=bold,color=red|replace=key1:style=dashed}
| A node | B node | label="r1" | | | 100 | key1 |
| F | G | key1 | | | 100 | label="cluster 100" |
| X | Y | key1 | | | 200 | label="cluster 200" | 2000 | label="cluster 2000" |

Using SQL

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