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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 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Dia are yEd Graph Editor, LibreOffice - Draw, PlantUML and Vectr.

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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Notion
    • Self-Hosted
    • Microsoft SharePoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • PortableApps.com
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drive - Sheets

    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, .

    Example AWS diagram using draw.io
    diagrams.net vs Dia opinions
    Most users think diagrams.net is a great alternative to Dia.

    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.

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    Easy to use, No registration(!), complex feature set, very few bugs. Acceptable performance.

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    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".

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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 !

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  2. yEd is a powerful diagram editor that can be used to quickly create diagrams manually or import external data for analysis and auto-magically arrange even large data sets by just pressing a button.

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    Most users think yEd Graph Editor is a great alternative to Dia.
    Lacika

    yEd has pretty much all features as Dia and a lot more! It has a bit steep learning curve and sometimes a bit strange UI, but once you learn it you can do almost any diagram in it. It can even reorganize it automatically, if it gets messy!

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    Simple to use and has all the options you could want. I have now adopted it for the program I have developed in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

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    Featureful. Reliable and extendable.

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  3. 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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    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.

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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.

    Common PlantUML JAR GUI application that will render text file into image.
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    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.

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  5. 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 native app. With an intuitive interface, Vectr is easy to learn and use.

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    This alternative is disputed. Vectr is still a legitimate alternative to Dia, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Suggesting Vector would be the same as suggesting Photoshop. Just because you can draw boxes and use them to create a flow doesn't mean it's a flowchart/diagram centric application.

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    Mindomo

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Firefox

    Mindomo is the easiest online software for creating mind maps, concept maps, outlines and various other types of diagrams. The following features make it the perfect choice both for business and education:

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    Apache OpenOffice Draw

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    For technical drawings with integrated graduation function (not available in PowerPoint)
  8. Creating flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagrams, science illustration, network diagrams, mind map and lots more.

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  9. Visual Paradigm for UML (VP-UML) is a UML design tool and UML CASE tool designed to aid software development. VP-UML supports key modeling standards such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.4, SysML, ERD, DFD, BPMN 2.0, ArchiMate 2.0, etc.

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  10. Heimer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Heimer is a desktop application for creating mind maps and other suitable diagrams. It's written in Qt and targeted for Linux and Windows.

    Simple mind map of Heimer itself running on Ubuntu 18.04
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