I have MySQL Workbench Community Edition 8.0.15 installed on my Mac OS 10.14.3. I'm currently working on making an ERD with Workbench's EER Diagram.

My problem is that whenever I export my diagram, the lines showing the relationships between tables are not visible because the background is white, and the lines are white.

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It is visible on the editor because the background is black in workbench, but not when exported.

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Is there any way to change the color of these lines? Or at least the background color of the diagram when it is exported so that the lines would at least be visible?

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    That's a known bug and an issue report has been created for it already. Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 8:50
  • @MikeLischke did you have the link of this issue?
    – bchatard
    Commented Jun 5, 2019 at 10:31
  • @bchatard I think it's a bug in dark mode. The layout is fine if you change the appearance to light instead of using dark in system preferences > general.
    – Rick
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 1:32
  • @Rick yes in "light mode" everything is ok, but it's a poor workaround :(
    – bchatard
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 5:31
  • I just updated MySQLWorkbench to version 8.0.22 on my Mac, and confirmed that this issue has been fixed.
    – kanji
    Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 7:20

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I found a solution to help. Close Workbench. Change the theme of your mac in clear mode. Restarts Workbench and saves again in pdf.

  • I'll try it tomorrow and get back to you on what happens. Thanks for the tip!
    – Rick
    Commented May 24, 2019 at 18:12
  • Yes! Yes! Yes! Finally, something that works Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 23:09

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