Microsoft Office Visio Alternatives for Linux

Microsoft Office Visio is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small diagrams.net icondiagrams.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 many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio are Small yEd Graph Editor iconyEd Graph Editor (Free), Small Dia iconDia (Free, Open Source), Small LibreOffice - Draw iconLibreOffice - Draw (Free, Open Source) and Small Pencil Project iconPencil Project (Free, Open Source).

The list of alternatives was last updated on Nov 16, 2020

  • diagrams.net (previously draw.io) is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Self-Hosted
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    It is very convenient and contains many features.

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    Gu
    It's free and includes many of the same features.

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    Gu
    It's free, ease of use, I can use it online

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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...
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    • Free
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    • Online
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    Gu
    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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    Gu
    Open source, lightweight, easy to use.

    Positive comment • 9 months ago

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

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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.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    • Free • Open Source
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    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • Xfce
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    Gu
    Clumpsy Handling, old fashion style look

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    Gu
    Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability.

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  • Powerful vector graphics editor for the office with tools for easily creating charts, diagrams, brochures and more.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    • Free • Open Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    Gu
    It's free and open source, while Visio is proprietary and expensive.

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    Gu
    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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    Gu
    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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  • Pencil is a standalone app or Firefox extension* that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    • Free • Open Source
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    • PortableApps.com
    Gu
    Used to make sketchups for a mobile GUI.

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

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    Gu
    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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  • Open-source, Java-based UML diagram maker using plain text descriptions to draw models.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
  • Creating flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagrams, science illustration, network diagrams, mind map and lots more.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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    • Linux
    Gu
    It has the same UI and software features.

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    Gu
    Highly customize templates help me to creat charts efficiently.

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    Gu
    The similar UI and less learn curve. Cross platform, good job.

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  • Draw, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is a graphics editor that gives you the tools to communicate with visuals and diagrams.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
    Draw  anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan.
    For technical drawings with integrated graduation function (not available in PowerPoint)
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • Visual Paradigm for UML (VP-UML) is a UML design tool and UML CASE tool designed to aid software development.
  • concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map.
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    • Free
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    • Linux
    • iPad
    Gu
    Easy to use. Very professional look.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago

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