Ease the configuration process and manage the complexity of building large systems with RTI System Designer


RTI System Designer is a tool that allows you to graphically design and configure Connext® DDS systems. You can use it as a User Interface to XML-Based Application Creation, a technology that allows users to specify all the aspects of a DDS system in XML format including:

  • The data types that will be used to communicate information in the system
  • The topics that will be used in the domain, associating each topic with a data type
  • The DomainParticipant that can potentially be used, giving each a participant name
  • The DataWriters and DataReaders present within each DomainParticipant, each associated with its corresponding Topic


The application code simply indicates the participant configuration name of the DomainParticipant that the application wants to create. The XML-Based Application Creation infrastructure takes care of the rest creating the DomainParticipant, registering the types and Topics, and populating all the configured Entities.

Writing this XML can be quite challenging. Using a good editor with autocompletion capabilities along with the XML Schema provided can be of great help. But it is still quite complicated, especially as the project gets bigger and involves multiple files.

The RTI System Designer UI tool can help ease this process and manage the complexity of a large system.


RTI Labs Project Type: UI Tool

Maturity level: Prototype

Support. This is an experimental RTI product, developed by RTI Research. As such, it is not officially supported, however, we do offer support through the RTI Community Forum where fellow users and RTI engineers can help you.

Intent. We’re planning on future development.

Feedback. We'd love your feedback! Please visit the RTI Community Forum to provide feedback on System Designer.

Project Version Information. This is V0.1 - built for Connext DDS 5.3.0.

Which platform(s) is it available on? We have bundles for:

  • win32
  • win64
  • Linux32
  • Linux64
  • darwin64

Product compatibility

  • Darwin 64 bit (Mac OsX)
  • Windows 32 and 64 bit
  • Linux 32 and 64 bit

For information regarding supported platforms and compatibility, please see the documentation.

License. System Designer is governed by Section 3e (Evaluation License) of the Software License Agreement.


RTI System Designer is distributed as a zip file and is available for the following architectures:

  • Darwin 64 bit (Mac OsX)
  • Windows 32 and 64 bit
  • Linux 32 and 64 bit

To download a copy, head on over to this page and click on the Download button. Complete the form and you will receive an email with instructions on how to download the tool.


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If you’d like, before you download System Designer, you can access a live version of the RTI System Designer without installing it by clicking here. This will allow you to test a demo version of the RTI System Designer and check out its capabilities and features before you download and install.


The RTI System Designer Getting Started Guide contains detailed instructions to help you with:

  • Installation
  • Getting Started
  • Troubleshooting


RTI Community Technical Forum

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