Open Source Dia Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Dia for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is diagrams.net, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Dia and many of them is available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Dia are yEd Graph Editor (Free), LibreOffice - Draw (Free, Open Source), TreeSheets (Free, Open Source) and PlantUML (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 15, 2021

    1. 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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      diagrams.net vs Dia opinions
      Most users think diagrams.net is a great alternative to Dia.
      Kholdfire Draw.io is a decent alternative, but is too different. Mainly the problem is that Dia is an application program for Windows, while draw.io is a mere Web app. I know Web apps are popular these days, but they're not the same as actual applications, and personally I don't like how many companies seem to be attempting to make all programs Web apps or "online" "programs".
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Easy to use. Free and open source. can install on my pc (linux mint) Better application than Dia, that I can use online as well on my PC. Very Good !
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Draw.io is very usable, with a sleek interface, tons of stencils/shapes, and the ability to export to various file formats. I have used for home and work projects and have been pleased with the results. I would even go as far as saying it's more useful than MS Visio if your requirements aren't too technical.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Easy to use, No registration(!), complex feature set, very few bugs. Acceptable performance.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    2. 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.
      LibreOffice - Draw vs Dia opinions
      Some users think LibreOffice - Draw is a great alternative to Dia, some don't.
      dimlakgorkehgz Line links not attached to objects. Better for drawing than diagramming though it is still possible.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    3. The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases.
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    4. 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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      PlantUML vs Dia opinions
      This alternative is disputed. PlantUML is still a legitimate alternative to Dia, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Not a GUI diagramming tool. By this logic graphviz is an alternative to Dia.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    5. Draw, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is a graphics editor that gives you the tools to communicate with visuals and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is powerful tool for posters, graphs, charts, and more.
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      Umbrello is a Unified Modelling Language (UML) modelling tool and code generator. It can create diagrams of software and other systems in the industry-standard UML format, and can also generate code from UML diagrams in a variety of programming languages.
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      Xfig is an interactive drawing tool which runs under X Window System Version 11 Release 4 (X11R4) or later, on most UNIX-compatible platforms, and e.g. under Darwin on the MacIntosh and any X server under Microsoft Windows.
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      Heimer is a desktop application for creating mind maps and other suitable diagrams. It's written in Qt and targeted for Linux and Windows. Features: Easy-to-use UI Very fast Zoom in/out/fit Zoom with mouse wheel Save/load in XML-based .
    6. PGF/TikZ is a tandem of languages for producing vector graphics from a geometric/algebraic description. PGF is a lower-level language, while TikZ is a set of higher-level macros that use PGF.
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      Diagrams is a powerful, flexible, declarative domain-specific language for creating vector graphics, using the Haskell programming language.
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      brunetton Diagram is a real good piece of software, but nothing to do with dia. One is declarative, the other is WYSIWYG
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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