Microsoft Office Visio Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative 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 loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Microsoft Office Visio are Dia (Free, Open Source), yEd Graph Editor (Free), LibreOffice - Draw (Free, Open Source) and Pencil Project (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 2021

    1. 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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      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  almost 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 3 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 10 months ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Fully compatible with Visio, and much more lightweight
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Free, easy to use and web based !
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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 almost 5 years ago

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    2. 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  over 1 year 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

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      It supports SVG export of diagrams. Yay for infinite zooming!
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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

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

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      professional look of results
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    3. 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.
      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

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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.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      Raf10 It's free/libre software, with layers, etc.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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

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    4. Pencil is a standalone app or Firefox extension* that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features.

      Discontinued

      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  over 4 years ago

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      guss77 Good for UI mockups, not for UML
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      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

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      Great for UI mockups and planning.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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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...
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      Cannot use for Networking
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    5. 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.
    6. An all-in-one diagram software for flowchart, org chart and more.
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      Wondershare EdrawMax vs Microsoft Office Visio opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Wondershare EdrawMax is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
      It has the same UI and software features.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      Highly customize templates help me to creat charts efficiently.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      The similar UI and less learn curve. Cross platform, good job.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      It has table tool with merging,splitting and other table functions and collapsible trees
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

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    7. Draw, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is a graphics editor that gives you the tools to communicate with visuals and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is powerful tool for posters, graphs, charts, and more.
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      Most users think Apache OpenOffice Draw is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Visio.
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      Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. It has several main graph layout programs. It also has web and interactive graphical interfaces, and auxiliary tools, libraries, and language bindings.
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    8. Create deep visual documents, adaptable and multi-level diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, mind maps and models. Users can: - Define their own types of nodes and connectors, to reuse nomenclature, symbols, details structure.
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