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console application to visualize network infrastructure using YAML files.

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Welcome to Network Infrastructure Visualization (NIV)

NIV is a console application to visualize network infrastructure using YAML files.

Our presantation page

Network diagrams are commonly drawn manually, using tools like Visio or This makes maintaining an up-to-date representation of dynamic network environments challenging. Currently, no modern tools appear to exist which can generate network drawings from code such as YAML. Such a machine readable format would allow administrators to automate the visualization of a topology and to track document changes using version control.

Key goals

  • High quality visualization wanted (for dashboards, presentations, scientific papers)
  • Use YAML for infrastructure description
  • Offline generation of SVG diagrams
  • Hyperlink to detailed view (e.g. zoom into port utilization)

The documentation is split between the Wiki and this repository:

  • Rather stable documentation parts tend to be saved in the Wiki, which is also a git repository.
  • Rather short time documentation parts tend to be saved here in this repository in a semester oriented branch.

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License MIT

For details see in the repository.


You can find the legal notes in German language at Impressum und Datenschutzerklärung.

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