Open Source Microsoft Office Visio Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Microsoft Office Visio is diagrams.net, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio and 19 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio are Dia (Free, Open Source), LibreOffice - Draw (Free, Open Source), Pencil Project (Free, Open Source) and PlantUML (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives 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

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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. View 110 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
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      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  over 3 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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    • Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows released under the GPL license. View 93 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 90 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
    • 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 79 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 109 alternatives to PlantUML
      Almost everyone thinks PlantUML is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.


    • Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. View 91 alternatives to Penpot
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
    • Draw, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is a graphics editor that gives you the tools to communicate with visuals and diagrams. View 90 alternatives to Apache OpenOffice Draw
      Most users think Apache OpenOffice Draw is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. It has several main graph layout programs. View 48 alternatives to Graphviz
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
    • Create deep visual documents, adaptable and multi-level diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, mind maps and models. View 204 alternatives to ThinkComposer
    • Umbrello is a Unified Modelling Language (UML) modelling tool and code generator. View 46 alternatives to Umbrello
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
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