draw.io

draw.io

Open platform for creating & sharing diagrams

4.6/5 (323 reviews)

draw.io Overview

draw.io is a free diagramming application that allows users to create and share diagrams within a web browser. The online tool works with G Suite/Google Drive and Dropbox, and is deeply integrated and audit-friendly in Atlassian's Confluence and Jira products. Users can also work on diagrams offline and save locally using draw.io’s desktop app for macOS, Windows and Linux.

draw.io provides an intuitive interface with drag & drop functionality, customizable diagram templates, and an extensive shape library. Users are able to create and edit a variety of diagrams including flowcharts, org charts, process diagrams, ER diagrams, UML, network diagrams, and more. draw.io’s rich functionality allows users to track and restore changes, import and export various formats, and automatically publish and share work.

BPMN diagrams help users present complex processes and workflows, useful for onboarding new employees, or when a business process needs to be audited. UML diagrams help document all aspects of software engineering projects, whether behavioral or structural. Flow charts can be created using the drag & drop interface, including a variety of shapes to define and depict complex workflows.

Mind maps help visually brainstorm concepts or problems by organizing information into related topics, useful for making decisions or preparing a complex document. Network diagrams allow users to visualize their IT infrastructure by creating a detailed illustration of their network with all of its devices. Users can plan the layout of a website or user interface using wireframe models, while mockups help prototype interfaces during application development to optimize their usability.

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Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 20 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

draw.io Reviews

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Thomas H.

The to-go tool for small vector graphics

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/25
Review Source: Capterra

Once for a project we had to create an UML sequence diagram. We used draw.io for this . It worked great, it looked fantastic. Until we noticed that we forgot some calls so we had to add more boxes and more arrows. We thought that surely we could just drag what we have around a bit without breaking everything but no. Luckily it wasn't very big yet so we started from scratch and did not connect the arrows to the boxes until we were sure everything was stable. There might be a way to stop the arrows from freaking out but we could not find it.

Pros

I love draw.io . Need a graphic for a presentation or some sort of LaTeX report? Use draw.io, it certainly beats fiddling around with LaTeX to get what you want.
It allows you to export in .svg format (vector graphics) which you can scale to any size without loss of quality. Ever tried to increase the size of a .jpg or the like and noticed how horrible it looks? That doesn't happen with vector graphics.
It supports so many useful "graph types" out of the box, it's great. If you want to draw a specific kind of diagram/graph it most likely supports that and gives you all the boxes, edges, etc. that you need to make your graph.
Aligning your elements is super easy thanks to a wonderful grid system that lets you (among other things) place components perfectly aligned side-by-side or under each other.
You can customize virtually anything, size, color, font, font size, anything. Complete control over what you are trying to make.
If you need to make a graph or diagram of some kind and there is no tool to make the specific thing you need, just use draw.io. Or, if there is, still use draw.io because it will probably look nicer and give you a lot more option than whatever tool you want to use.

Cons

The one thing I dislike, I'd say even HATE about draw.io are the arrows. Simple use case: You want to connect two boxes with an arrow. That's simple - except later you notice you don't like the position of the boxes and move them. Now your arrows will most likely try to bend in ways to keep the connection but by doing so they will get horribly bent and look atrocious. This is especially bad if you move multiple boxres.

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Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Sébastien L.

The most intuitive and well-thought-out flowchart and diagram maker!

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/02/17
Review Source: Capterra

It has been extremely useful in my work to display the workflow of a mobile application to people who are not very acquainted with technology. It was indeed very easy and quick to create personalized diagrams of any size, especially because there are many templates to choose from. All those templates are crafted professionally and give you a great starting point for any kind of project.

It is also superbly adapted to suit businesses, as it can import from many services including Dropbox, OneDrive, GitHub, Google Drive and Trello. This makes it simple to share a file with anyone in the office, especially considering the many export options available. Because it is a reliable and fast software, I ended up designing quick projects for my company and it has worked flawlessly since the first time I opened it to try it out.

Pros

It is very easy to style any diagram to your needs, but the default templates look great out of the box too! I don't play much with styles, but I use the other integrated tools quite a lot, including those for aligning, resizing and distributing elements. There are in fact many different elements to choose from and it's easy to find what you are looking for because everything is nicely categorized. I particularly enjoy how easy it is to position and connect the pieces together in the grid: you can quickly duplicate boxes, draw arrows between them or insert text that are perfectly aligned with everything else. Because of the underlying technologies it uses behind the scenes, the software is available on the web (online or offline with an extension) and it also offers desktop applications, which work equally well. When working with larger diagrams, the outline view comes in very handy. The software allows to export to many useful formats such as PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF, HTML and others and provides options to get the code to embed the diagram as an image (including SVG) or even inside Google Docs and Google Slides. It is so intuitive that I never had the need to follow along the nonetheless excellent tutorials available on their website.

Cons

There isn't much to be said against such a well designed piece of software. I will point out, however, that even though I'm usually a huge fan of using the dark theme in as many applications as possible, I found it very distracting with draw.io. The contrasts weren't accentuated enough to my taste and I found it hard to see clearly the outline of the boxes in the diagram when working with a grid. The other themes (Kennedy, Minimal and Atlas) are fantastic, but I like using the default theme most.

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Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Jonathan P.

No more headaches to make perfect diagrams.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/30
Review Source: GetApp

With draw.io I can easily develop diagrams in a short time, my experience with this software has been quite good, it has been integrated with other technologies such as Google Drive, it is excellent for collaborative projects, it has a great performance and it helps me. Do not spend so much time developing the design of the diagrams, and thinking more about the information and the workflow that will follow.

Pros

This is one of my favorites for many reasons, a very nice interface, intuitive and clean, it allows me to create all kinds of diagrams from 0, real time recording, with a great personalization, besides that it is only drag and drop so I can modify everything I want freely, besides all this also allows me to export and import files directly from popular cloud platforms such as dropbox, google drive, trello, etc. It supports a variety of formats, it also has a very wide variety of predefined shapes.

Cons

It is a very useful tool, however, it is for a basic or intermediate use, when very elaborate diagrams are needed, it is a bit short in the amount of tools and customization, however it is still a great tool.

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9.0/10
Janosch F.

perfect integration with Atlassian Confluence

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/12
Review Source: Capterra

Draw.io is a massive and lasting improvement to our online knowledgebase and injects the power of making complex scenarios or setups more approachable by visual aids into modern wiki based knowledgebases. This is done by keeping the visual source available in that very same knowledgebase where the corresponding text is also kept. A massive improvement. Absolute recommendation...I would melt away in love, would just the UI look a little better.

Pros

Integrates perfectly with the Atlassian Confluence Wiki. After inserting graphics and never being able to modify them again (let alone quickly or on the fly) into our knowledge base draw.io was was revelation.
It works perfectly to visualize complex charts, gants, images or any other structures and keep the information - in the spirit of a wiki - versioned and editable in order to reflect further changes. Also, I wa suprised in how efficient and stable drafts were saved when sudden disconnects occured or I had to interrupt my work.

Cons

The UI is not slick. Sometimes it had me wondering wether I could do what i wanted with draw.io because it all looked a little like windows 3.1. Then again, everything worked flawlessly. Sometimes the way draw.io saves and manages drawings internally (what is saved where, who can see it, who can access it, etc.) was a little intransparent to me. I always was able to figure it out but would have liked it better when the Information would have been more clear and visible from the start on.

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Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Dhanushka S.

An awesome tool which you can draw almost any diagram online!

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/05/05
Review Source: Capterra

I was using this platform when I was in university and it was very helpful for me to do my lost of work in very short period of time. Even now, the software company I'm currently working, they use this application. We mainly use this tool to draw UML diagrams, sequence diagrams, business diagrams, layouts etc. So far this tool was very helpful.

Pros

it is easy to use because nothing to install externally; it has drag & drop functionality; they have given very helpful training materials but in my case I never used those because they have given an intuitive interface so it was very easy for me to grab most of the functionalities in short period of time and get my works done. In this platform, they have give lots of temples. You can draw, Businesses diagrams, Engineering diagrams, Flowcharts, Software diagrams, Network diagrams, Layouts for designing web pages, UML diagrams and much more. And also they have given very rich functionalities like import and export your diagram in various formats, track and restore you changes if you have done changes offline, automatic layout, can publish and share(on google drive, one-drive) your work, can work on mobile and desktop devices etc. And the best thing is, in order to use any of those above mentioned functionalities you don't need to pay at all, in fact you don't even need to register with this platform. And you can use your diagrams for any purpose, including commercially. That's awesome right!

Cons

I don't see any major disadvantages in this platform but I suggest if they could improve their customer support bit more, that'll be great.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

draw.io Pricing

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draw.io online is a free-to-use web application with no premium paid-for functionality, watermarking, or other limitations.
To use draw.io with Atlassian Confluence and JIRA, monthly or annual fees apply.

draw.io Features

  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Third Party Integration

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for draw.io

Key features of draw.io

  • AWS architecture diagrams
  • Automatic layout
  • Change tracking & restoration
  • Custom libraries
  • Diagram publishing & sharing
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • ER diagrams
  • Electrical diagrams
  • Floor plans
  • Flowcharts
  • Gantt charts
  • Google Drive integration
  • Infographics
  • Interface customization
  • Metadata management
  • Mockups
  • Multi-format import & export
  • Multi-page diagrams
  • Network diagrams
  • Online & offline access
  • Organization chart creation
  • Plugins for Atlassian Confluence and JIRA
  • Process diagrams
  • Rack diagrams
  • Revision handling (ISO 9001 support)
  • SWOT diagrams
  • Sequence diagrams
  • Shape library
  • Template library
  • Tree diagrams
  • UML diagrams
  • VSDX file import / export
  • Venn diagrams
  • Wireframe models

Benefits

  • Users can create diagrams online through their web browser, and access draw.io offline through the native applications for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.

  • Integrations with Atlassian Confluences and JIRA allows users add, change and share diagrams and collaborate with their team.

  • draw.io offers a range of built-in diagram templates, and predefined shapes and scalable SVG images for a range of diagram types included in the shape library.

  • Diagrams which users create with draw.io can be used in any publication type without legal restrictions, including for commercial purposes, with no watermarking.

  • Diagrams can be saved to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Trello, GitHub, or users' devices, with XML, HTML, and SVG file formats supported.

  • draw.io FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for draw.io.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does draw.io offer?

    draw.io offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Free, Open Source, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    draw.io online is a free-to-use web application with no premium paid-for functionality, watermarking, or other limitations.
    To use draw.io with Atlassian Confluence and JIRA, monthly or annual fees apply.

    Q. What are the main features of draw.io?

    draw.io offers the following features:

    • AWS architecture diagrams
    • Automatic layout
    • Change tracking & restoration
    • Custom libraries
    • Diagram publishing & sharing
    • Drag-and-drop functionality
    • ER diagrams
    • Electrical diagrams
    • Floor plans
    • Flowcharts
    • Gantt charts
    • Google Drive integration
    • Infographics
    • Interface customization
    • Metadata management
    • Mockups
    • Multi-format import & export
    • Multi-page diagrams
    • Network diagrams
    • Online & offline access
    • Organization chart creation
    • Plugins for Atlassian Confluence and JIRA
    • Process diagrams
    • Rack diagrams
    • Revision handling (ISO 9001 support)
    • SWOT diagrams
    • Sequence diagrams
    • Shape library
    • Template library
    • Tree diagrams
    • UML diagrams
    • VSDX file import / export
    • Venn diagrams
    • Wireframe models

    Q. Who are the typical users of draw.io?

    draw.io has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does draw.io support?

    draw.io supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Q. What type of pricing plans does draw.io offer?

    draw.io has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Open Source, Subscription

    Q. Does draw.io support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices draw.io supports

    Q. What other apps does draw.io integrate with?

    draw.io integrates with the following applications:

    Atlassian Confluence, Dropbox, Dropbox, GitHub, JIRA Software, Jira Service Desk, Lucidchart, LumApps, Nuclino, Trello

    Q. What level of support does draw.io offer?

    draw.io offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials