The best free mind mapping software

Niamh Lynch

Niamh Lynch

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Whether you are studying, in business or you’ve got a complicated plan to execute, and you’re having trouble getting your thoughts in order, you should take a look mind mapping software. Mapping the mind – ordering thoughts as a diagram – is an excellent way of organizing your thoughts, forming plans and completing a job and, best of all, there are excellent free tools available to help you.


SimpleDiagrams is an uncomplicated mind mapper that’s easy to pick up and use. It’s a bit light on features, but if it’s your first run in with a tool of this type, it’s a good place to start.


Some would argue the original and best. It’s hugely popular and simple to use, but it’s not the most advanced free mind mapping software out there. Ironically for something that should help you organize, its interface suffers from a lack of organization and clarity.


Cayra is open source and very attractive. While totally functional for basic tasks, like organizing personal plans and study, people who want mind maps for business or multi-leveled tasks might want to look elsewhere.


This is a great tool that is suitable for more complex tasks. It’s perfect for working in groups, as XMind is compatible with other mind mapping tools such as MindManager and FreeMind and, if you sign up for an account, can also be shared online.


Bookvar is another simple app, but don’t let that deceive you. This app stands out for its full multimedia support, making it the perfect app if you want to add video, music or images to your master plan.


What CMapTools lacks in looks, it makes up for in functionality. Any kind of map or diagram is absolutely no problem,  and the app makes even the most complicated maps simple to edit and use. It’s perfect for users who are looking for a no-frills, straightforward experience.

Via OnSoftware ES.

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