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Free Gliffy Alternatives

The best free alternative to Gliffy is diagrams.net, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Gliffy and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Gliffy are Pencil Project, yEd Graph Editor, Dia and Penpot.

Gliffy alternatives are mainly Diagram Editors but may also be Mind Mapping Tools or Prototyping Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Gliffy.
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  1. Lucidchart icon

    Lucidchart

    Sponsored
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • bambooHR
    • Microsoft Office Powerpoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Jira
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive
    • Slack
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Quip
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Salesforce.com
    • Google Apps
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • LinkedIn
    • Confluence
    • Microsoft Office Excel

    Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines diagramming, collaboration, and data visualization to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. With this intuitive, cloud-based solution, everyone can work visually and collaborate in real time.

    Lucidchart Templates and Examples: With hundreds of template examples to choose from, you can start diagramming in no time.
    This alternative is disputed. Lucidchart is still a legitimate alternative to Gliffy, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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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
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    Almost everyone thinks diagrams.net is a great alternative to Gliffy.

    its free, its online, it saves the diagram as xml, it supports many export formats (pdf, png, etc), its easy to use

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    Fairly easy to get going using this tool for some simple diagrams I wanted to do.

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    Much of the same features and can open gliffy files

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    it simple works very well.

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  3. Pencil is a standalone app that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features.

    Discontinued

    The last release/commit was in October 2019.

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  4. 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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    Dia

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • Xfce
    • DragonFly BSD
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD

    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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    Penpot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    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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    PlantUML

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS

    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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    Lucidchart

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • bambooHR
    • Microsoft Office Powerpoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Jira
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive
    • Slack
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Quip
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Salesforce.com
    • Google Apps
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • LinkedIn
    • Confluence
    • Microsoft Office Excel

    Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines diagramming, collaboration, and data visualization to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. With this intuitive, cloud-based solution, everyone can work visually and collaborate in real time.

    Lucidchart Templates and Examples: With hundreds of template examples to choose from, you can start diagramming in no time.
    This alternative is disputed. Lucidchart is still a legitimate alternative to Gliffy, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  9. MindMeister is the market-leader in online mind mapping. Unlike traditional mind mapping tools, MindMeister allows for real-time brainstorming sessions between an unlimited number of users and requires only a standard web browser.

    MindMeister desktop and mobile
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    Google Drawings

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome

    Google Drawings, part of Google Drive, allows users to collaborate creating, sharing, and editing images or drawings. It can be used for creating charts, diagrams, designs, flow-charts, etc.

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