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Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note taking.[1]

File format

Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs. Many of the programs listed below support the mm format used by FreeMind. The mm format is an XML text format consisting of tagged objects.

Non-paid software

The following is a list of notable concept mapping and mind mapping applications which are available without cost. There are a number of freely available software packages and websites that allow the creation of, or otherwise support mind maps.

Software License Genre Platforms Online visualization Online editing Online real-time collaboration Notes
CAM editor OSL XML Schema Cross-platform No No No
  • Written in Java
  • Open source project on
  • Creates Mind maps from XML Schema
  • Native support for FreeMind maps
CMAP Tools RAND-RF (not free software[2]) Concept mapping Cross-platform Yes (requires Cmap Server, Cmaps on servers generate urls/webpages) Yes (requires Cmap Server) Yes (requires Cmap Server)
  • Written in Java
  • Project of the IHMC Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • Allows connections between published concept maps (requires Cmap Server)
Coggle Free webapp Concept mapping Cross-Platform Yes Yes Yes
  • Unknown programming language(s)
  • A google account is required to log in
Compendium GPL Social science Cross-platform No No No
  • Written in Java
  • An email address is required to receive a download link
Docear GPL Research Cross-platform Yes No No
  • Written in Java
  • Special features for students and researchers (reference and literature management)
FreeMind GPL Project management Cross-platform Yes No No

Written in Java

Freeplane GPLv2+ Mind mapping Cross-platform Yes No No

Written in Java

MindMup MIT_License Mind mapping Web Browser Yes Yes Yes
  • Opensource project on GitHub
  • Freemind import/export
  • Browser-based, HTML5 features automatically adjust to mobile (touch) or keyboard interfaces
  • A Amazon S3.
  • Integrates with Google Drive and GitHub to provide cloud storage and sharing control
  • Written in Javascript and Ruby.
SciPlore MindMapping GPL Mind mapping Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux No No No
  • 100% compatible file format with FreeMind.
  • Special features for researchers and students (PDF bookmark import, Adding BibTeX keys)
  • Written in Java.
WikkaWiki GPL Wiki software Cross-platform Yes Yes No
  • Written in PHP
  • Uses MySQL
  • Native support for FreeMind maps
  • Based on FreeMind
VUE Educational Community License Concept mapping Cross-platform No No No
  • Written in Java
  • Requires the creation of an account to download from its home page.
  • Can also be used for building presentations.
XMIND EPL and LGPL Project management and Knowledge management Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux No No No
  • Mind maps, spreadsheets, fishbone diagrams, tree charts, org-charts.
  • Online sharing
  • Compatible with Freemind.
  • Used to be proprietary.
  • Written in Java.
yEd yEd Software License Agreement cmap tool Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Cross-platform  ?  ?  ?

There are many pieces of commercial software that allow the creation of mind maps and concept maps.

Software Publisher/license Platforms Notes/Features
3D Topicscape 3D-Scape Limited Microsoft Windows Desktop application that presents mind maps as a 3d scene where each node is a cone. Imports MindManager, Personal Brain, FreeMind, text and folders.
Axon Idea Processor Axon Research Microsoft Windows Axon also provides a variety of tools for working with ideas and concepts rather than words. Analyze and solve more complex problems.
Buzan's iMindMap ThinkBuzan Ltd Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Desktop application that provides organic Mind Mapping methods to create Maps for brainstorming, organising, creative thinking, project management and planning. Integrates with Microsoft Office, and iWork.
Cacoo NuLab Inc. Web application A Flash-based real-time collaborative drawing tool with stencils for mind mapping
Creately Cinergix Pty Ltd Cross-platform Online Adobe Flash-based diagramming and visual thinking tool for collaboration. Diagramming software with mind map capability.
Debategraph Debategraph Web application Concept- and argument-mapping tool
Flying Logic Sciral Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Desktop application for thinking process maps inspired by the Theory of constraints supporting constrain management.
Inspiration Inspiration Software Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Palm Visual Learning, Mind Mapping
Kidspiration Inspiration Software Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows A visual learning and mind mapping software application for students in kindergarten through 5th grade
LucidChart LucidChart, LLC Web application An HTML5-based collaborative diagramming tool that can be used for both mind mapping and concept mapping
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Microsoft Windows Part of Microsoft Office family of products, it can draw nearly any static diagram including block diagrams, organizational charts, maps, plans or workflows.
Mind42 IRIAN Solutions Web application
  • Browser-based collaborative web application;
  • Real-time collaborative editing (the application name, "Mind42," is intended to be read as "Mind for two");
  • Free to use without functional limitations;
  • Limited support by developer.
MindGenius MindGenius Microsoft Windows First released in 2001, now certified for Windows 7 and Vista and available in both business and academic versions.
  • Type and return functionality to capture information quickly
  • Different mapping views for brainstorming, planning, project management, and presentations
  • Advanced categories, analysis and task management functionality
  • Integrated Gantt chart view
  • Wide range of exports to MS Office and Adobe applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and PDF
Mindjet Mindjet Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Desktop application comes in Basic and Pro versions. Integrated with Microsoft Office, available Gantt chart add-in, built-in spreadsheet, Fluent UI. Formerly named MindManager.
MindMaple MindMaple Inc. Microsoft Windows MindMaple is generally used as a business tool mainly for Project management, Brain storming and sharing ideas, Managing schedules, Creating visual presentations.
  • Mind Map with Drawing Interface
  • Visual Task Information
  • Export Mind Map to Other Sources
  • Add Additional Information
MindMapper SimTech Systems Microsoft Windows
  • Mind mapping, idea visualization, brainstorming
  • Process Flow, Org Charts, Fishbone diagramming
  • Concept maps and Flowcharts
  • Project Management with built-in Gantt Charts
  • Built-in Presentation
  • Post it style memo notes
  • Integrates with Microsoft Office
MindMeister MeisterLabs GmbH Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Browser-based collaborative web application
  • Offline Mode
  • Android, iPhone and iPad applications, providing access to online mind maps
  • Built-in chat
  • Subscription based, also offering a free limited access option
Mindomo Expert Software Applications Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Online/Offline Flash-based mind mapping tool with free and paid versions.
MindView MatchWare Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
  • Professional Microsoft Office Integration (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Project)
  • 6 Interchangeable Views – Including Gantt Chart and Timeline
  • Calculation Feature and Excel Integration
  • Optimized for Project Management
  • Advanced Filter Function
NovaMind NovaMind Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
  • Mind Mapping, Presentation, Screenwriting
  • (Note: One of the only programs that has a free layout mode where you can put the branches where you like.)
OmniGraffle The Omni Group Mac OS X
PersonalBrain TheBrain Technologies Windows, Mac OS X, Unix, Unix-like Graphically intensive and customizable GUI, extremely cross-platform. Notes, calendar, Microsoft Outlook features. Multiple parent node capability.
Prezi Prezi Inc Web application, Windows, Presentation software that supports free form placement and zooming on a single sheet.
Qiqqa Quantisle Ltd. Microsoft Windows Minds maps for academics oriented around their research papers, notes and annotations.
Semantica . Semantic Research Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows A family of software for creating, viewing, storing and sharing of knowledge structures
SmartDraw SmartDraw Software, LLC Microsoft Windows SmartDraw is a visual processor used to create flowcharts, organization charts, mind maps, gantt charts, and other visuals.
Solution Language Tool Solution Language Oy Microsoft Windows organic mind maps and activity maps
SpicyNodes Adobe Flash radial maps, viewer can move from node to node
SpiderScribe Disarea, LLC Web application
  • Connects words, images, files, dates and geographic location
  • Free layout map mode
  • Real time collaboration
  • Integrates with 5pm project management tool
  • Free and paid versions available
Tinderbox Eastgate Systems Mac OS and Mac OS X A content management system with concept mapping and mind mapping capabilities
Visual Mind Mind Technologies Microsoft Windows Supports collaboration (client/server) mode.
XMind Pro XMind Ltd. Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

See also

Information_technology portal


External links

  • DMOZ
  • Comprehensive list of mind mapping software at
  • Peter Russell's partial list of mind mapping softwaremn:Санааг_зураглагч_програмнууд

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