Free Mind 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.
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Below is the list of software and apps for making mind maps.
Free mind mapping software and apps
The term ‘Mind maps’ is used rather loosely in this list to mean supporting a central topic form with a hierarchy around it. For better definitions, and explanations of a term that is used in widely different ways, see other articles here, such as What is a mind map?, How to make a mind map, Buzan’s mind map guidelines in practical use, and Concept maps or mind maps? the choice.
|Cayra||Free (Defunct but still available
from the link on the left)
|Coggle → See Review||Free (all maps public – subscribe for private maps)||Online, browser-based|
|Connected Mind → See Review||Free||Online, browser-based, Android & iOS app|
|DRichard Mindmaps||Free and Open Source||Online, browser-based|
|FreeMind||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|Freeplane||Free. And for now, files are
compatible with FreeMind.
|Windows, Mac, Linux|
|Gliffy||Free (5 public diagrams)||Online, browser-based|
|GraphMind||Free||Online, browser-based (a Drupal module)|
|InfoRapid KnowledgeBase Builder →See Review||Free (for non-commercial use)||Windows|
|MindApp||Free for non-commercial use||Windows|
|Mind Map Viewer (Eric Blue)||Free||Online, browser-based, for MindManager files|
|MindMaple → See Review||Free||Online, browser-based|
|MindMup → See Review||Free||Online, browser-based|
|SpicyNodes||Free with logo (subscribe to remove)||Online, browser-based|
|Spiderscribe||Free unlimited maps, but only 3 private (subscribe for unlimited private)||Online, browser-based|
|VYM (View Your Mind)||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|WiseMapping||Free and Open Source||Online, browser-based|
|Xebece (Xebece was formerly known as Calientra or Ontographics)||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|XWiki||Free||Windows, Mac, Linux|
- Ontologies and taxonomies ON to the next entry →
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- Have you seen “Which is the best mindmapping software?“ yet? This covers paid-for as well as free tools.
|For free information about the hundreds of|
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Visual Thinking Center