Microsoft Office Visio Alternatives and Similar Software

As Visio is Microsoft's commercial solution for professional diagramming and workflow drafting, it has many alternatives just like other parts of the Microsoft Office Suite. These alternatives share many of the features found in Visio, such as support for scalable vector graphics files so that your charts and diagrams don't suffer any loss in quality when resized.

If you would rather use alternatives to Visio that are free and web-based, there are viable options that can be used to replace Visio with minimal loss in functionality for major amounts of convenience.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 7/12/2020 12:09:00 PM

Alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio for all platforms with any license

  • diagrams.net

    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, .vsdx, Lucidchart and Gliffy import and real time diagram sharing.

    • Loving the clear, modern interface (suspiciously similar to Google Docs ;) ), and how intuitive it is to get started: no need to make sense of confusing menus and icons. Well done, recommending this open source tool from now on. chtfnApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Fully compatible with Visio, and much more lightweight Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Free, easy to use and web based ! Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Better than Visio is, and the bets part is, both online and PC program is amazing Guest • Oct 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, ease of use, I can use it online Guest • Nov 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free and includes many of the same features. Guest • Sep 2017 • 9 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is very convenient and contains many features. makerjMar 2017 • 15 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's just an illustration program with flowchart shapes! Guest • Feb 2019 • 2 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's really easy to use, and has so many features for a web app. Guest • Jun 2017 • 8 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Just as good, if not better, as Visio. Guest • Jul 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS ... Self-Hosted

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  • Dia

    Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows released under the GPL license. Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program Microsoft Office Visio, though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams.

    • Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look Guest • Jul 2016 • 9 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability. Guest • Oct 2016 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com FreeBSD ... Xfce DragonFly BSD NetBSD OpenBSD

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  • yEd Graph Editor

    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. You can use yEd to quickly create flow charts, BPMN and UML diagrams, organization charts, mind maps, and many other kinds of diagrams, graphs, and networks. Choose from a wide range of highly sophisticated layout algorithms to automatically arrange diagrams in no time.

    • Free, lightweight and good response. Powerful layout tool to smart redraw your diagram. Several types of diagrams supported. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Open source, lightweight, easy to use. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Very easy to use. Fair interface. The only issue really is that connectors must have a node at each end, it would be great if you could simply add unconnected lines. Other than that, it's a very good application. Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It supports SVG export of diagrams. Yay for infinite zooming! Guest • Jan 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • good functionality, when all custom pallets are in place, over the years. Guest • Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web BSD

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  • Lucidchart

    Lucidchart is an online diagram and flowchart software that supports Microsoft Office Visio import and can work on any operating system. The easiest way to draw flowcharts, wireframes, UML diagrams, network diagrams, mind maps, iPhone mockups, site maps and more.

    • Cross-platform interoperability is key. Guest • Mar 2018 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I have tried them all. Lucidchart is the easiest to use, works across all my devices, and supports real-time collaboration. Guest • Jul 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, fast and easy to work no bogging you down with logic statements or life changing decisions. Guest • Aug 2017 • 3 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Microsoft Office Word ... Google Drive Google Drive - Docs Google Apps Google Drive - Sheets Microsoft Office Suite

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  • LibreOffice - Draw

    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.

    • It is hard to tell you that when I haven't started using it yet, but it appears to have the functionality I require without the expensive price, for sure. Guest • Sep 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free and open source, while Visio is proprietary and expensive. Guest • Nov 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Draw is very similar to Visio. It's basically the free and open source version of it. You can create flowcharts with it like you can in Visio, and other things you can't do with Visio. Although Visio is more focused at creating flowcharts & diagrams and does very well at it, it's extremely expensive while Draw is free and open source. Guest • Aug 2018 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Can draw flowcharts and diagrams with almost all the features of Visio. You can drag a box, press F2, and start typing, for example. Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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  • Pencil Project

    Pencil is a standalone app or Firefox extension* that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features. The Pencil Projects unique mission is to build a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use.

    • Great for UI mockups and planning. Guest • May 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI. Guest • Jan 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Visio is a native application while Pencil is a webpage disguised as an application, with the usual drawbacks, like poor performance and OS integration, etc... Guest • Jul 2017 • 3 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not map network layout easily enough, which is what Visio was designed to do from the start Guest • May 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good for UI mockups, not for UML guss77May 2016 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Electron / Atom Shell ... Firefox

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  • PlantUML

    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. Mostly based on Graphviz. Can render various diagram syntax such as PlantUML, Dot, and Ditaa.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Chrome OS

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  • OmniGraffle

    OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents—quickly—by providing powerful styling tools, keeping lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, and magically organizing diagrams with just one click. Create flow charts, diagrams, UI and UX interactions, and more. Whether you need a quick sketch or an epic technical figure, OmniGraffle and OmniGraffle Pro keep it gorgeously understandable.

    • On the Mac there is no other program that is so versatile compared to Visio (which isn’t available for Mac OS). Guest • Nov 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use and seems more powerful than MS Visio itself. Guest • Jun 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac iPad

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  • Wondershare EdrawMax

    Creating flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagrams, science illustration, network diagrams, mind map and lots more.

    • Highly customize templates help me to creat charts efficiently. Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • The similar UI and less learn curve. Cross platform, good job. Guest • Apr 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has the same UI and software features. Guest • Nov 2016 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has table tool with merging,splitting and other table functions and collapsible trees Guest • Jan 2016 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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