Microsoft Office 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.

    This page was last updated Apr 28, 2021

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Linux
    • iPad
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Chrome OS
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Windows S
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Office Powerpoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Jira

    Features

    • Flow chart
    • Diagrams
    • Mind Mapping
    • Real time collaboration
    • UML diagrams
    • Workflow
    • Export to PDF
    • Team Collaboration
    • Export to SVG
    • Brainstorming
    • Charts
    • Flow diagram visualisation
    • Portable
    • Wireframing
    • ER Diagrams
    • Graphs
    • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions
    • Floor Plan
    • BPMN diagrams
    • Sequence Diagrams

    License

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    • Paid
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    • Lucidchart

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      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. View 183 alternatives to Lucidchart
      Most users think Lucidchart is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Zapier
      • bambooHR
      • Amazon Web Services
      • 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
      • GitHub
      • Microsoft Office Suite
      • LinkedIn
      • Confluence
      • Microsoft Office Excel
    • diagrams.net (previously draw.io) is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. View 109 alternatives to diagrams.net
      Almost everyone thinks diagrams.net is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Chrome OS
      • Self-Hosted
      diagrams.net vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      makerj It is very convenient and contains many features.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      8
      It's free and includes many of the same features.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      5
      It's just an illustration program with flowchart shapes!
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

      -10
      3isenHeiM It's an awesome alternative ! The dekstop version works completely OFFLINE, and the diagrams layout is WAY MORE SEXY than Visio's
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Fully compatible with Visio, and much more lightweight
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      3
      Free, easy to use and web based !
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
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    • 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... View 98 alternatives to yEd Graph Editor
      Almost everyone thinks yEd Graph Editor is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • BSD
      yEd Graph Editor vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      3
      Open source, lightweight, easy to use.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      0
      Free, lightweight and good response. Powerful layout tool to smart redraw your diagram. Several types of diagrams supported.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      -1
      It supports SVG export of diagrams. Yay for infinite zooming!
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      0
      good functionality, when all custom pallets are in place, over the years.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
      Stable and very easy to use
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
      professional look of results
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      0
    • Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows released under the GPL license. View 92 alternatives to Dia
      Most users think Dia is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      • FreeBSD
      • Xfce
      • DragonFly BSD
      • NetBSD
      • OpenBSD
      Dia vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      8
      Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      -3
    • Powerful vector graphics editor for the office with tools for easily creating charts, diagrams, brochures and more. View 89 alternatives to LibreOffice - Draw
      Most users think LibreOffice - Draw is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      LibreOffice - Draw vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's free and open source, while Visio is proprietary and expensive.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      5
      Can draw flowcharts and diagrams with almost all the features of Visio. You can drag a box, press F2, and start typing, for example.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      4
      Raf10 It's free/libre software, with layers, etc.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      0


    • 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. View 183 alternatives to Lucidchart
      Most users think Lucidchart is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Zapier
      • bambooHR
      • Amazon Web Services
      • 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
      • GitHub
      • Microsoft Office Suite
      • LinkedIn
      • Confluence
      • Microsoft Office Excel
      Lucidchart vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      I have tried them all. Lucidchart is the easiest to use, works across all my devices, and supports real-time collaboration.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      -2
      Cross-platform interoperability is key.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -4
      Free, fast and easy to work no bogging you down with logic statements or life changing decisions.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      -5
    • Pencil is a standalone app or Firefox extension* that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features. View 78 alternatives to Pencil Project
      Most users think Pencil Project is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      Pencil Project vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      1
      guss77 Good for UI mockups, not for UML
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      -1
      Does not map network layout easily enough, which is what Visio was designed to do from the start
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      4
      Great for UI mockups and planning.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      0
      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...
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      -5
      Cannot use for Networking
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      0
    • Open-source, Java-based UML diagram maker using plain text descriptions to draw models. View 108 alternatives to PlantUML
      Almost everyone thinks PlantUML is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    • 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... View 92 alternatives to OmniGraffle
      Almost everyone thinks OmniGraffle is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • Mac
      • iPad
      OmniGraffle vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      On the Mac there is no other program that is so versatile compared to Visio (which isn’t available for Mac OS).
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      4
      Easy to use and seems more powerful than MS Visio itself.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
    • Creating flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagrams, science illustration, network diagrams, mind map and lots more. View 123 alternatives to Wondershare EdrawMax
      Almost everyone thinks Wondershare EdrawMax is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Wondershare EdrawMax vs Microsoft Office Visio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It has the same UI and software features.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      -1
      Highly customize templates help me to creat charts efficiently.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      -1
      The similar UI and less learn curve. Cross platform, good job.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      -1
      It has table tool with merging,splitting and other table functions and collapsible trees
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      0
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