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Open Source Creately Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Creately is diagrams.net. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Creately and 12 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Creately are Penpot, LibreOffice - Draw, Dia and PlantUML.

Creately alternatives are mainly Mind Mapping Tools but may also be Diagram Editors or UML Modeling Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Creately.
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    diagrams.net

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    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Notion
    • Self-Hosted
    • Microsoft SharePoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • PortableApps.com
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    122 alternatives to diagrams.net 

    diagrams.net (previously draw.io) is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. No login or registration are required and features include the ability to save locally (including SVG), a range of stencils, .

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    1.  Works Offlinediagrams.net can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Support for Layersdiagrams.net supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Dark Modediagrams.net supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Lightweightdiagrams.net consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Support for LaTeXdiagrams.net supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    Example AWS diagram using draw.io
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    Use the diagram editor in dark mode. Go to app.diagrams.net/?splash=0&ui=dark
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    Almost everyone thinks diagrams.net is a great alternative to Creately.
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    Very similar but with more functions and this for free!

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    It shares most of the functionality and is more updated and nice to work with.

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    Easy to use, collaborative edition (had to search it), multiple software and platform integration : Incredible!

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    Free, user-friendly, you can also export to visio directly and save on dropbox , google drive and many other options. I recommend it for students and teachers

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  2. Penpot icon

    Penpot

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    104 alternatives to Penpot 

    Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. Non dependent on operating systems, Penpot is web based and works with open web standards (SVG). For all and empowered by the community.

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Penpot simultaneously.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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  3. LibreOffice - Draw icon

    LibreOffice - Draw

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    89 alternatives to 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 diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, and much else.

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    1.  PortableLibreOffice - Draw can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Support for LayersLibreOffice - Draw supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  LightweightLibreOffice - Draw consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Auto LayoutLibreOffice - Draw supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLibreOffice - Draw can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  Import CSV DataLibreOffice - Draw can import data from a CSV (Comma seperated values) file.
    7.  Works OfflineLibreOffice - Draw can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Dia

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    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • Xfce
    • DragonFly BSD
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD
    92 alternatives to Dia 

    Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows released under the GPL license.

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    1.  LightweightDia consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDia can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportDia integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
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    PlantUML

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    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    110 alternatives to PlantUML 

    PlantUML is an open-source tool that uses simple textual descriptions to draw UML diagrams. The generator can be run anywhere within JVM and integrated with various application such as wiki, text editor, IDE, programming language, documentation generator, and others.

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    1.  PortablePlantUML can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Support for MarkDownPlantUML supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    Common PlantUML JAR GUI application that will render text file into image.
    Text file that will be rendered into image.


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    Wireflow

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    114 alternatives to Wireflow 

    Wireflow is free, online, real-time collaborative, open source tool for creating beautiful user flow prototypes.

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Wireflow simultaneously.
    2.  Kanban BoardWireflow allows you to organize your workflow by moving cards with drag-and-drop functionality between multiple columns.
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    ThinkComposer

    208 alternatives to ThinkComposer 

    Create deep visual documents, adaptable and multi-level diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, mind maps and models.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsThinkComposer can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Discontinued

    It hasn't been updated since 2015.

    Editing a Business Process diagram
    Editing some beverage descriptions
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    Visual Understanding Environment

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    90 alternatives to Visual Understanding Environment 

    Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is a mind-mapping and concept-mapping tool. It is also a non-linear presentation program.

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    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 3.3.0, released in October 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website and from GitHub.

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    Diagramo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    74 alternatives to Diagramo 

    Diagramo is an online flowchart software

    • diagrams (create, edit and share)
    • organization charts (create, edit and share)
    • network diagrams (create, edit and share)
    • graphs (create, edit and share).
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    ProcessMaker

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    123 alternatives to ProcessMaker 

    ProcessMaker is a cost effective and easy to use open source business process management (BPM) or workflow software application. Workflow software such as ProcessMaker can assist organizations of any size with designing, automating and deploying business processes or workflows...

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