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Open Source MindManager Alternatives

The best open source alternative to MindManager is FreeMind. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to MindManager and 17 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to MindManager are LibreOffice - Draw, Freeplane, PlantUML and vym.

MindManager alternatives are mainly Mind Mapping Tools but may also be Project Management Tools or Diagram Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MindManager .
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  1. FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool.

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    Last version from 2016. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/freemind/files/

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    usability, export options

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    Free, compatible with MindManager format

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  2. 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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  3. Freeplane is a powerful and free software for building mind maps. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind , and is created by one of FreeMind's key developers.

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    Free. Allows powerful filtering based on all fields, including attributes. Can be extended by scripts.

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    I tried it a few minutes because I'm using the trial version of MindManager. I think MindManager is way too expensive for personal-use and for someone who simply want mindmapping and who doesn't need all the project management tools from MindManager. From what I saw, FreePlane seems perfert for personnal use: decision making, project design, drafts, etc.

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    PlantUML

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.
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    vym

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectivity. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts, to sort your ideas etc.

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    ThinkComposer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Create deep visual documents, adaptable and multi-level diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, mind maps and models.

    Editing a Business Process diagram
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    TiddlyMap

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Self-Hosted

    TiddlyMap is a TiddlyWiki plugin that turns your favourite personal note taking software in a wiki-concept-map hybrid! Yes, you will be able to do both: drawing maps and putting down knowledge in a wiki way.

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  8. The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is a free, open source concept mapping application written in Java.

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    The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 3.3.0, released in October 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website and from GitHub.

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  9. Heimer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Heimer is a desktop application for creating mind maps and other suitable diagrams. It's written in Qt and targeted for Linux and Windows.

    Simple mind map of Heimer itself running on Ubuntu 18.04
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    Minder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    What is Minder? Minder is a mind-mapping application with many features that make it ideal for capturing, organizing and visualizing your ideas. Minder has automatic node layout features.

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