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Microsoft Visio Alternatives

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.

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

    Lucidchart

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    191 alternatives to Lucidchart 

    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.
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    diagrams.net

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    122 alternatives to 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, .

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    1.  Works Offlinediagrams.net can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Support for Layersdiagrams.net supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Dark Modediagrams.net supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Lightweightdiagrams.net consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Support for LaTeXdiagrams.net supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    Example AWS diagram using draw.io
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    Use the diagram editor in dark mode. Go to app.diagrams.net/?splash=0&ui=dark
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    Almost everyone thinks diagrams.net is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    makerj

    It is very convenient and contains many features.

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    Guest

    It's really easy to use, and has so many features for a web app.

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    Guest

    Simplified, easy to use interface. Free and Open Source. Clean UI design and look and feel.

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    VasudeoSinha

    it has excellent features

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    davidacardon

    This is an excellent alternative to MS Visio, and it's free. It's very easy to use and to learn. One nice feature is that it supports LaTeX mathematical formulas, which I use since I am a math professor.

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    3isenHeiM

    It's an awesome alternative ! The dekstop version works completely OFFLINE, and the diagrams layout is WAY MORE SEXY than Visio's

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    chtfn

    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.

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    Dia

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    92 alternatives to Dia 

    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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    1.  LightweightDia consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDia can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportDia integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
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    Guest

    Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look

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    Guest

    Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability.

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  4. yEd Graph Editor icon

    yEd Graph Editor

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    103 alternatives to 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...

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    1.  Auto LayoutyEd Graph Editor supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    2.  PortableyEd Graph Editor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Guest

    good functionality, when all custom pallets are in place, over the years.

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    Guest

    Stable and very easy to use

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    Guest

    Free, lightweight and good response. Powerful layout tool to smart redraw your diagram. Several types of diagrams supported.

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    Guest

    Open source, lightweight, easy to use.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    It supports SVG export of diagrams. Yay for infinite zooming!

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    Guest

    professional look of results

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  5. LibreOffice - Draw icon

    LibreOffice - Draw

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    89 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  PortableLibreOffice - Draw can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Support for LayersLibreOffice - Draw supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  LightweightLibreOffice - Draw consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Auto LayoutLibreOffice - Draw supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLibreOffice - Draw can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  Import CSV DataLibreOffice - Draw can import data from a CSV (Comma seperated values) file.
    7.  Works OfflineLibreOffice - Draw can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Most users think LibreOffice - Draw is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    Guest

    Can draw flowcharts and diagrams with almost all the features of Visio. You can drag a box, press F2, and start typing, for example.

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    Guest

    It's free and open source, while Visio is proprietary and expensive.

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    Raf10

    It's free/libre software, with layers, etc.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Lucidchart

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    191 alternatives to Lucidchart 

    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.
    Connect Lucidchart to all your favorite industry-leading apps.
    Import data seamlessly from your org charts (CSV), entity relationships (SQL), UML sequence markup, mindmaps, AWS architecture diagrams, and process diagrams (CSV). With our data linking capabilities, you can also import data from Google Sheets, Excel, and CSV.
    Lucidchart vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
    Most users think Lucidchart is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    Guest

    I have tried them all. Lucidchart is the easiest to use, works across all my devices, and supports real-time collaboration.

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    Guest

    Cross-platform interoperability is key.

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    Guest

    Free, fast and easy to work no bogging you down with logic statements or life changing decisions.

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  7. Pencil Project icon

    Pencil Project

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    76 alternatives to Pencil Project 

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

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    Most users think Pencil Project is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    Guest

    Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI.

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    guss77

    Good for UI mockups, not for UML

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    Guest

    Does not map network layout easily enough, which is what Visio was designed to do from the start

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    Guest

    Great for UI mockups and planning.

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    Guest

    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...

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    Guest

    Cannot use for Networking

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    Penpot

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    104 alternatives to Penpot 

    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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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Penpot simultaneously.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Ad-freePenpot doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Auto LayoutPenpot supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    5.  Dark ModePenpot supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Penpot workspace with Flex Layout feature.
    Penpot workspace with Code Inspect feature.
  9. PlantUML icon

    PlantUML

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    109 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  PortablePlantUML can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Support for MarkDownPlantUML supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    Common PlantUML JAR GUI application that will render text file into image.
    Text file that will be rendered into image.
    PlantUML vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
    Almost everyone thinks PlantUML is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
  10. OmniGraffle icon

    OmniGraffle

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    97 alternatives to 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.

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    Almost everyone thinks OmniGraffle is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    Guest

    Easy to use and seems more powerful than MS Visio itself.

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    Guest

    On the Mac there is no other program that is so versatile compared to Visio (which isn’t available for Mac OS).

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