Diagramming software

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Template:Cleanup list Diagramming software is software that is used to model, represent and visualise information. Among other uses, such diagrams are often used in software and technical development and business to represent dataflows, workflows, software architecture and organizational charts.

Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagram

For UML diagrams, see List of Unified Modeling Language tools


The following applications allow you to create flowcharts (sometimes among other diagram types). In addition, many tools in the List of UML tools can draw activity diagrams, which are a type of flowchart.

Name Platform License
ARIS Express Microsoft Windows Freeware
Calligra Flow (formerly Kivio) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux GPL (open source)
ConceptDraw PRO Microsoft Windows, OS X Proprietary
Dia Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux GPL (open source)
DRAKON Editor Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Public domain (open source)
Edraw Max Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Proprietary
GraphViz Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Eclipse Public License (open source)
Gliffy Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, web-based SaaS
Google Drawings Web-based SaaS
LibreOffice Draw Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux LGPL (open source)
LucidChart Web-based SaaS
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Windows Proprietary
OmniGraffle Mac OS X Proprietary
Apache OpenOffice Draw Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Apache (open source)
SmartDraw Microsoft Windows Proprietary
Software Ideas Modeler Microsoft Windows Freeware, Proprietary
Visual Paradigm for UML Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix Proprietary
yEd Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and other platforms that support the JVM Freeware

Concept mapping/Mind mapping

Template:Main article Concept mapping and mind mapping are a subset of diagramming software aimed to represent collections of ideas.

Online diagramming

Online diagramming is a way to create flow charts and business diagrams without having to download and install any software. The diagram will be created completely online and is then exported as an image or pdf file.

Further reading

  • Bounford, Trevor (2000). Digital diagrams. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0-8230-1572-6. 

See also