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Excalidraw is described as 'open-source whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them. Available directly online as a web app and also through CodeSandbox to easily see how the code works, and the app vailable for self-hosting' and is a Whiteboard in the remote work & education category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Excalidraw for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Windows, Mac, Linux and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is diagrams.net, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Excalidraw are Xournal++, Pinta, Microsoft Paint and OpenBoard.

Excalidraw alternatives are mainly Whiteboards but may also be Note-taking Tools or Digital Painting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Excalidraw.
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  • FreemiumOpen Source
  • Online
  • Self-Hosted

Excalidraw is an open-source whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them....

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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, .

    ⚫︎ Works Offlinediagrams.net can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for Layersdiagrams.net supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Dark Modediagrams.net supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXdiagrams.net supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Example AWS diagram using draw.io
  2. Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesXournal++ supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationXournal++ support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineXournal++ can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityXournal++ can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXXournal++ supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Pinta

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Mono

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

    ⚫︎ LightweightPinta consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPinta supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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  4. Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome, all with the .

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    Windows 7 Paint
  5. OpenBoard is a cross-platform (Linux / Windows / macOS) interactive whiteboard application. It is currently maintained by the Education Department (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesOpenBoard supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in OpenBoard simultaneously.
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  6. Scalable, secure, cross-device and enterprise-ready team collaboration tool for distributed teams.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Miro simultaneously.
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    Microsoft Whiteboard

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Meet the freeform digital canvas where ideas, content, and people come together.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Microsoft Whiteboard simultaneously.
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    Scapple

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them.

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    Sketchpad

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Whether you’re working on a school poster or brainstorming your next comic book character, Sketchpad makes it easy to bring your ideas to life. Easily draw, edit photos, or design your next business card. Craft images for social media posts, digital ads, paper, or even apparel.

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  10. scrumblr

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Cloudron

    scrumblr - Collaborative Online Scrum (whiteboard + kanban) Tool Using Websockets, Node.js, jQuery, and CSS3

    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in scrumblr without registration.
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