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 Jul 26, 2021

    1. 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.
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      Most users think Lucidchart is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    2. 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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      diagrams.net vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Almost everyone thinks diagrams.net is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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      It's free and includes many of the same features.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      It's free, ease of use, I can use it online
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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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
      Positive comment 12 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 over 1 year ago

      0
      Fully compatible with Visio, and much more lightweight
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      3
      Free, easy to use and web based !
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    3. 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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      yEd Graph Editor vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Almost everyone thinks yEd Graph Editor is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      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  over 2 years ago

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      Open source, lightweight, easy to use.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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

      -1
      It supports SVG export of diagrams. Yay for infinite zooming!
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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

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

      0
      professional look of results
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      0
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      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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      Dia vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Most users think Dia is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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    4. 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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      LibreOffice - Draw vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Most users think LibreOffice - Draw is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      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  about 4 years ago

      4
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      0
      Raf10 It's free/libre software, with layers, etc.
      Positive comment 10 months 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 over 3 years ago

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      It's free and open source, while Visio is proprietary and expensive.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      • 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
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      • Salesforce.com
      • Google Apps
      • Microsoft Azure
      • Microsoft Office 365
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      • GitHub
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      • 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.
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      Lucidchart vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Most users think Lucidchart is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      I have tried them all. Lucidchart is the easiest to use, works across all my devices, and supports real-time collaboration.
      Positive comment over 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 over 4 years ago

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    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.

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      It's Discontinued and no longer maintained.

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      Pencil Project vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Most users think Pencil Project is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      1
      guss77 Good for UI mockups, not for UML
      Top positive comment  over 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  over 4 years ago

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

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

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    6. 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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      Almost everyone thinks PlantUML is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    7. 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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      OmniGraffle vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Almost everyone thinks OmniGraffle is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      On the Mac there is no other program that is so versatile compared to Visio (which isn’t available for Mac OS).
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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

      0
    8. 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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