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Open Source FreeMind Alternatives

The best open source alternative to FreeMind is Freeplane. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to FreeMind and 19 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to FreeMind are TreeSheets, vym, TiddlyMap and ThinkComposer.

FreeMind alternatives are mainly Mind Mapping Tools but may also be Note-taking Tools or Project Management Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of FreeMind.
This page was last updated Mar 29, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. Freeplane is a powerful and free software for building mind maps. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind , and is created by one of FreeMind's key developers.

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    Freeplane vs FreeMind opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Freeplane is a great alternative to FreeMind.

    A freemind fork. Good, simple, and really free!

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    ab1

    Freeplane can open even old .mm files from FreeMind.

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    Their interface is slow under my Linux because of using Java

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    hathas

    Freeplane is still actively developed and gets more and more features and improvements in usability.

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    It is very close to FreeMind in terms of features

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    peterernstwethat

    Freeplane is extensible with macros and custom add-ins. Also it has more styling options and mire charting functionality such as summary nodes and shared nodes.

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  2. The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases.

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    TreeSheets vs FreeMind opinions
    Most users think TreeSheets is a great alternative to FreeMind.

    Multi layered, rapid single page layout and design tool with comprehensive hot-key support.

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    vym

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectivity. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts, to sort your ideas etc.

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    TiddlyMap

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Self-Hosted

    TiddlyMap is a TiddlyWiki plugin that turns your favourite personal note taking software in a wiki-concept-map hybrid! Yes, you will be able to do both: drawing maps and putting down knowledge in a wiki way.

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    ThinkComposer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

    Editing a Business Process diagram


  6. The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is a free, open source concept mapping application written in Java.

    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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  7. 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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    argunet editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Argunet Editor is a free argument map editor for analyzing and visualizing complex debates. You can use it offline and save your debates on your hard-disk. Or you can use it as a client-server application.

    Discontinued

    This app has been discontinued on October 26th, 2018. Please see the blog entry at the top of the page at http://www.argunet.org/. It says "As a result of this decision, we currently do not plan to release any new Argunet versions." The successor is argdown.org, a markdown-like syntax to auto-generate argument maps.

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    Minder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    What is Minder? Minder is a mind-mapping application with many features that make it ideal for capturing, organizing and visualizing your ideas. Minder has automatic node layout features.

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    WiseMapping

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Java

    Wise Mapping is the web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps HTML5 and SVG. Users will be able to create and read their mind maps from everywhere whenever its needed.

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