Free Concept map tools
This is one of 14 articles listing tools for making various types of maps. The tools are all available free of charge. The articles cover tools for making mind maps, concept maps, flowcharts, diagrams, treemaps, argument maps (and similar types), maps for use in wikis and maps for information- and knowledge-management.
- A list of all 14 articles is here → Free mind mapping (and related types) software.
- ← 3D concept and mind maps BACK to the previous list
Below is the list of software and apps for making mind maps.
Free concept map software and apps
The term ‘Concept maps’ is used loosely in this list to mean ‘anything can connect to anything’ in contrast with mind maps where there is a strong hierarchy and central topic. For a proper definition please refer to the WikIT article on Concept maps, How to make a concept map and Concept maps or mind maps? the choice.
|3D Topicscape Student Edition||Free||Windows|
|Bubbl.us||Free option with limitations||Online, browser-based|
|Cayra||Free (Defunct but still available
from the link on the left)
|CmapTools||Free to personal, education and
|Windows, Mac, Linux|
|CoFFEE||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|Compendium||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|Conzilla||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|InfoRapid KnowledgeBase Builder →See Review||Free (for non-commercial use)||Windows|
|LifeMap||Free||Mac (not known if this runs on OSX)|
|VUE (Visual Understanding Environment)||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
- *Some people find navigating the Cmap site idiosycratic – the interface is a little unusual – so here’s the skinny:
- Under most of the concept boxes there’s a small icon
- hover over that and you will see a text link just below
- click on it.
- Some links are to other very similar looking Cmaps, so you may think that it’s linked back to the same page. It hasn’t.
- Still lost? Here to speed you on your way is the download link for Cmap.