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This is all you need to generate the below image from the above text:
dot architecture.dot -Tpng > architecture.png
You can even add annotations to the lines by adding [label=”My Link”] to the connection before.
These are ideal to add to the README.md of github projects.
I especially like the idea of having a diagram with the source to create it under source control.
This requires you to install graphviz which can be done:
brew install graphviz
choco install graphviz
sudo apt-get install graphviz
For the purists who want to keep their machines clean:
cat file.dot | docker container run --rm -i vladgolubev/dot2png > file.png