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Free Microsoft Visio Alternatives

The best free alternative to Microsoft Office Visio is diagrams.net, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio are yEd Graph Editor, Dia, LibreOffice - Draw and Lucidchart.

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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    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.

    Lucidchart Templates and Examples: With hundreds of template examples to choose from, you can start diagramming in no time.
    Most users think Lucidchart is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    diagrams.net

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    • Notion
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    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
    diagrams.net vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
    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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    It's really easy to use, and has so many features for a web app.

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    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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  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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    Almost everyone thinks yEd Graph Editor is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.

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

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    Stable and very easy to use

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

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    Open source, lightweight, easy to use.

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

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    professional look of results

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    Dia

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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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    Most users think Dia is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.

    Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look

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    Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability.

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  5. 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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    • Microsoft Office Suite
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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.

    Lucidchart Templates and Examples: With hundreds of template examples to choose from, you can start diagramming in no time.
    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.

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    Cross-platform interoperability is key.

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

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

    Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI.

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    guss77

    Good for UI mockups, not for UML

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

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    Great for UI mockups and planning.

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    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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    Cannot use for Networking

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    Penpot

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    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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  9. 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.
    Almost everyone thinks PlantUML is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    Google Drawings

    • FreeProprietary
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    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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    Most users think Google Drawings is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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