Free Microsoft Office Visio Alternatives for Linux

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: 1/16/2019 6:19:00 PM

Alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio for Linux with Free License

  • draw.io

    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.

    • It's just an illustration program with flowchart shapes! Guest • Feb 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Better than Visio is, and the bets part is, both online and PC program is amazing Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, ease of use, I can use it online Guest • Nov 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free and includes many of the same features. Guest • Sep 2017 • 7 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's really easy to use, and has so many features for a web app. Guest • Jun 2017 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is very convenient and contains many features. makerjMar 2017 • 13 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Just as good, if not better, as Visio. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree

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

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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.

    • 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 Disagree   Agree
    • It supports SVG export of diagrams. Yay for infinite zooming! Guest • Jan 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 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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  • 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.

    • Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability. Guest • Oct 2016 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look Guest • Jul 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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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.

    • 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 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free and open source, while Visio is proprietary and expensive. Guest • Nov 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 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 • 2 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 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 5 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
    • Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI. Guest • Jan 2017 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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  • StarUML

    StarUML is a program to develop fast, flexible, extensible, featureful, and freely-available UML/MDA platform running on Win32 platform. The goal of the StarUML project is to build a software modeling tool and also platform that is a compelling replacement of commercial UML tools such as Rational Rose, Together and so on.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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  • CmapTools

    This software empowers users to construct, navigate, share, and criticize knowledge models represented as Concept Maps. The toolkit is platform independent and network enabled, allowing the users to build, and collaborate during the construction of concept maps with colleagues anywhere on the network, as well as, share and navigate through others models distributed on servers throughout Internet.

    • Easy to use. Very professional look. Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux iPad

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  • Umbrello

    Umbrello is a Unified Modelling Language (UML) modelling tool and code generator. It can create diagrams of software and other systems in the industry-standard UML format, and can also generate code from UML diagrams in a variety of programming languages.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Calligra Flow

    Calligra Flow is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other Calligra applications. It enables you to create network diagrams, organisation charts, flowcharts and more.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Creately

    Creately makes diagramming and design easy. We do this with an access anywhere, online application that is purpose built for collaboration. Creately allows teams to solve problems and collaborate visually. It stands out from the crowd for its ease of use and intuitive interface. Built-in collaboration, revision control, 1-click publishing on the Internet and Smart Objects make Creately the easiest and most powerful online diagramming application today.

    • Visio Import, More Diagram Types Than Visio, 1000s Templates and Examples elraymonds1Aug 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone

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  • diagrams

    Diagrams is a powerful, flexible, declarative domain-specific language for creating vector graphics, using the Haskell programming language.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • UMLGraph

    UMLGraph allows the declarative specification and drawing of UML class and sequence diagrams. The current features are part of an ongoing effort aiming to provide support for all types UML diagrams.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • IYOPRO

    IYOPRO, Improve your Processes, is a professional online BPM and workflow system that utilizes the BPMN 2.0 standard. Run it in less than one minute - without installation - always in the latest version. IYOPRO offers modelling, simulation and workflow automation in three editions. There are various operating modes available: SaaS within the browser, installed out of the browser and on premise.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web

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  • Qfsm

    Qfsm - A graphical tool for designing finite state machines. Qfsm is a graphical editor for finite state machines written in C++ using the graphical toolkit Qt. A graphical tool for designing finite state machines and exporting them to Hardware Description Languages, such as VHDL, AHDL, Verilog, or Ragel/SMC files for C, C++, Objective-C, Java, Python, PHP, Perl, Lua code generation.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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  • Wirify

    Wirify is free, easy and fun to use Step back and see the big picture of a web page Focus on page structure by hiding the content Analyse page layout to aid learning and teaching Wireframes look cool

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Chrome Firefox

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  • Breakdown Notes

    Breakdown notes: Make mindmaps and notes online for free. Breakdown Notes is a web-app to make notes, diagrams or mindmaps in your browser. It currenty works on desktop or laptop using recent version of Chrome or Firefox. It's free to use and requires no registration. Breakdown Notes mostly lookes like an electronic whiteboard to which you can add text, shapes, paths and pictures. Moving, resizing or styling shapes and text is easy.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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  • Thortspace

    Install the Free Thortspace App on Windows, Mac, Android, iPad and Linux… The world’s first collaborative 3D mind mapping software. Breakthrough thinking, whenever and wherever it is needed most. Thortspace has many different possible applications; however, the great potential is to help those individuals or organisations in the formative stages of getting their thoughts together.

    Free Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad

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  • Dynamic Draw

    A Powerful idea processor.It's Open Source and Freeware. Create UML Diagrams, Network Diagrams, Flowcharts and many other types of diagrams with the versatile Dynamic Draw Software.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux


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