Alternatives to Dia for all platforms with any license

  • icon is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. No login or...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • yEd Graph Editor icon

    yEd Graph Editor

    yEd is a powerful diagram editor that can be used to quickly create diagrams manually or import external data for analysis and...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • LibreOffice - Draw icon

    LibreOffice - Draw

    Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Lucidchart icon


    Online diagram and flowchart software that supports Microsoft Visio import and can work on any operating system.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud iPad Chrome ... Google Apps

  • Microsoft Office Visio icon

    Microsoft Office Visio

    Microsoft Office Visio makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Go...

    Commercial Windows Windows RT

  • OmniGraffle icon


    OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents—quickly—by providing powerful styling tools, keeping lines connected to...

    Commercial Mac iPad

  • Google Drive - Drawings icon

    Google Drive - Drawings

    Google Drawings allows users to collaborate creating, sharing, and editing images or drawings.

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • PlantUML icon


    PlantUML is an open-source tool that uses simple textual descriptions to draw UML diagrams. The generator can be run anywhere within...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS

  • ArgoUML icon


    ArgoUML is an open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It runs on any Java platform and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Gliffy icon


    "If they could see what Im thinking, theyd get it!" People just understand faster with pictures. It helps them see how...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Chrome OS

  • Edraw Max icon

    Edraw Max

    Creating flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagrams, science illustration, network diagrams, mind map and lots more. Free...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Visual Paradigm for UML icon

    Visual Paradigm for UML

    Visual Paradigm for UML (VP-UML) is a UML design tool and UML CASE tool designed to aid software development. VP-UML supports key...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Diagramo icon


    Diagramo is an online flowchart software - diagrams (create, edit and share) - organization charts (create, edit and share) -...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Cacoo icon


    Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Diagram Designer icon

    Diagram Designer

    Simple vector graphics editor for creating flowcharts, UML class diagrams, illustrations and slide shows.

    Free Windows

  • SmartDraw icon


    Instead of starting with a blank screen, SmartDraw gives you the exact template you need. Then use simple commands to add your...

    Commercial Windows

  • Umbrello icon


    Umbrello UML Modeller is a Unified Modelling Language diagram programme for KDE. UML allows you to create diagrams of software and...

    Open Source Mac Linux

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  • Vectr icon


    Vectr is a free graphics editor. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS

  • Grafio icon


    Venn diagrams, mind maps, take notes, sketches and do other diagrams. Everything is custom and modifiable.

    Freemium iPhone iPad

  • Lovely Charts icon

    Lovely Charts

    Browser based Chart and Diagram tool. Requires sign up. Free account allows one diagram to be saved. Very easy to use...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud iPad

  • Calligra Flow icon

    Calligra Flow

    Calligra Flow is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other Calligra applications. It...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Software Ideas Modeler icon

    Software Ideas Modeler

    Lightweight, powerful, easy to use, UML tool Software Ideas Modeler is a lightweight and powerful CASE tool. It supports UML 2.2...

    Free Personal Windows

  • asciiflow icon


    Simple web based ascii flow diagram drawing tool, draw boxes, lines, arrows and type, then export straight to text/html.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • PGF and TikZ icon

    PGF and TikZ

    PGF/TikZ is a tandem of languages for producing vector graphics from a geometric/algebraic description. PGF is a lower-level language...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • mockingbird icon


    mockingbird is an online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website or...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • InsightPoint icon


    InsightPoint is a cool multi-scene vector drawing tool for Windows and Linux.

    Free Windows Linux

  • ARIS Express icon

    ARIS Express

    ARIS Express is based on the proven ARIS methodology and industry standards. Its intuitive user interface and the latest improvements...

    Free Windows

  • ProcessOn icon


    Free html-5 based on-line diagrams design, an ideal tool for visual communication

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS

  • MagicDraw icon


    MagicDraw is an award-winning business process, architecture, software and system modeling tool with teamwork support. MagicDraw UML...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • VisiTouch icon

    VisiTouch Discontinued

    ~ Simple way to view, annotate and share Microsoft Office Visio diagrams ~ VisiTouch helps mobile workers to view and annotate on MS...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

  • Diagrammix icon


    Diagrammix is a tool for efficiently building attractive diagrams. If you are an office worker, developer, manager, supervisor...

    Commercial Mac

  • Creately icon


    Creately makes diagramming and design easy. We do this with an access anywhere, online application that is purpose built for...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

    • Support almost every diagram type of DIA and much better user interface and templates
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  • ADONIS:Community Edition icon

    ADONIS:Community Edition

    ADONIS:Community Edition is a free version of the BPM toolkit ADONIS aimed both at users new to the business process management, who...

    Free Windows

  • ConceptDraw PRO icon

    ConceptDraw PRO

    The fastest tool for drawing business vector graphics, diagrams and flowcharts. Supports MS Visio, MS Office and many other formats.

    Commercial Mac Windows

Dia Comments

Showing its age

Comment by charlesgoodwin
about Dia and Pencil Project May 2016

Dia has somewhat stagnated in recent years. For a long time it was the only real open source option other than turning to Inkscape and doing everything from scratch. These days I'd recommend you try Pencil instead because it has a much nicer UI and arguably better features.



Negative Comment by Eliaszica
about Dia and yEd Graph Editor Feb 2016

I successfully made some diagrams with Dia but, as another user said, its interface is really clunky. Now I'm trying yED.


Extremely useful

Positive Comment by ZackGules
about Dia Aug 2015

Dia on Linux - shines.

I was able to use it to create all sorts of logic diagrams - for programming and for organization. It is also capable to unite any elements and group and supports layering. Perfect software!


Not good on mac

Comment by Thelle
about Dia and LibreOffice - Draw May 2013

I don't like Dia on mac - requires extra install and does not comply with standard mac application behavior.

For open source diagraming on mac I'd say Small LibreOffice - Draw iconLibreOffice - Draw is a better choice.


Dia: a piece of crap. Don't use it, unless you're a martian

Negative Comment by Curacao
about Dia Jun 2011

Dia is a piece of crap. Don't use it, unless you're a martian (because it designed for martians).


With an import filter for visio files it would be perfect

Comment by vandamme
about Dia Jun 2011

If it had an import filter for visio files it would be perfect.


I use it and like it but find the interface to be clunky

Comment by evan
about Dia Jun 2011

I use it and like it but find the interface to be clunky. For any serious diagramming I'd still opt to use Visio (unfortunately).


Easy free flowchart program, many Visio-features

Positive Comment by Dennis
about Dia Jun 2011

Easy flowchart program that is free. Has many features found in Visio. Probably not a complete replacement for Visio but adequate for many uses.


Dia is a very good alternative easy to use flow chart app

Positive Comment by rajarahim
about Dia Jun 2011

Dia is a very good alternative if you are looking for a free easy to use flow chart app.