40 Ultimate Useful Mind Mapping Tools

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Mind Mapping Applications working as powerful in this era for taking notes, capturing ideas, represent words, exploring concepts or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.

Mind Mapping Tools helps in many way of work in this growing and emerging industry, you can use it to study for a big exam, you can use it brainstorm new article ideas as bloggers work, or flesh out what needs to be covered in the business plan for a new venture, you can organize a big move of house, I’ve seen people use the mind map format for their daily to-do lists too.

Hope you all respected visitors and readers like very much and share your views about this article for encouragement.


A flash based brainstorming tool that you can share with others and also embed in to your site.



MindMeister is a free web-based tool to draw mindmpas and share them with your team. Instead of taking advantage of fancy animations, MeindMeister provides a clean working environment: the interface is very simple, and it’s easy to add nodes to your core idea. Mindmeister is Ajax-based, so the service doesn’t require any third-party player to run inside your browser, resulting to be very light and fast to utilize. Interesting feature is the possibility to export your mindmpas in a number of file formats, including .rtf, .pdf, and .jpg. Free to use up to six mindmaps, MindMeister offers different pricing solutions.



Wise Mapping is the web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps mixing new technologies like vectorial languages (SVG and VML) and the power of the whole Web 2.0 concept. No pluggin required.

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making.

It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information. By presenting these connections in a radial, non-linear graphical manner, it encourages a brainstorming approach to any given organizational task, eliminating the hurdle of initially establishing an intrinsically appropriate or relevant conceptual framework to work within.

A mind map is similar to a semantic network or cognitive map but there are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used. The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas. The uniform graphic formulation of the semantic structure of information on the method of gathering knowledge, may aid recall of existing memories.



Mindomo is perhaps one of the best free web-based mind mapping applications. Mindomo comes with a very elegant interface which mimics Microsoft Office. Flash-based, the service offers many different export options and formats, alongside a rich choice of layouts to arrange your ideas. Mindomo supports multimedia files and image uploading, as well as organic style maps. The free version is ad-supported but you can switch to one of the available pricing solutions.



Cmap Tools: Free to universities, students, federal employees, and individuals for personal use


FreeMind: mind mapping software

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map) software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.

So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don’t you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila. Do you want to refactor your essays in a similar way you would refactor software? Or do you want to keep personal knowledge base, which is easy to manage? Why don’t you try FreeMind? Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you’ve been and where you are heading, as Stephen Covey would advise you? Have you tried FreeMind to keep track of all the things that are needed for that?


ConceptDraw MINDMAP

ConceptDraw MINDMAP is a powerful business and personal productivity software application that provides visual organization and access to information for individuals and organizations:

  • Visual mind mapping makes use of visual diagrams to capture and organize information the way you think and work.
  • Mind map and outline mode display your information in either nonlinear or linear editable formats.
  • Brainstorming technique enables individuals and teams to generate multiple ideas and build them into an organized process.



iMindMap is the “official mindmap software”, created under the guidance of Tony Buzan, mindmap evangelist. Available for both Windows and Mac machines, iMindMap lets you draw rich and full-featured mindmaps, adding nodes and arranging them in a very natural way. Collaboration with other users is not allowed. Starting price is set at $99. iMindMap offers a seven-day trial period to test out the service before buying it.



Curio is another application that looks like it was designed for the OS X platform, with a fairly advanced interface allowing several complex features. These include in-built searching of popular image website, encryption, a “dossier” screen to help track the requirements of a project, and a full-screen presentation mode.



Mindjet provides personal productivity and collaboration solutions that visually connect ideas, information and people to save time, improve business processes and drive innovation.

Mindjet is the only company to combine a visual productivity application (mind mapping) with a comprehensive collaboration platform. Mindjet’s approach efficiently organizes complex ideas and processes to increase clarity and turn ideas into action. So whether you are driving the sales process, managing a project, building a strategic plan, running a brainstorming session, conducting a meeting, or simply getting organized, Mindjet helps you succeed with almost any business or personal productivity challenge.



Semantik is a KDE Linux application for creating mind maps, though they can be viewed in different formats, such as a linear tree view with retractable and expandable branches.



Free for all who don’t need MindPlan as a groupware tool. Get the personal edition for your private life or your business.


Recall Plus

RecallPlus is software designed specifically for students who want to learn faster and improve their marks. RecallPlus goes beyond simple note-taking and organizing – it actually tests students on their notes so they can learn the information. RecallPlus is the only true study software because it is the only software that combines concept mapping of notes with testing.



Would you like to create a mind maps in Web from anywhere at anytime with no complex software to install or maintain? With MAPMYself you can just do it because it is a free Web-based online mind mapping tool. MAPMYself is unique web based software allows you to create completely organic looking mind maps. We integrated the own and an your ideas to helps more when 2000 peoples to accelerate learning, improve your memory, increase your productivity and save your time.



DeepaMehta is a software platform for Knowledge Management. Knowledge is represented in a semantic network and is handled collaboratively. DeepaMehta combines interdisciplinary research with the idea of Open Source to generate a true benefit for workflow as well as for social processes. At the same time Deepa Mehta is an indian movie director.

The DeepaMehta user interface is build according to research in Cognitive Psychology and accomodates the knowledge building process of the individual. Instead of handling information through applications, windows and files with DeepaMehta the user handles all kind of information directly and individually. DeepaMehtas user interface is completely based on Mind Maps / Concept Maps.


MindView 3 Business – Professional Mind Mapping Software

MatchWare’s MindView 3 Business is a professional Mind Mapping® software application that allows users to brainstorm and visualize ideas quickly and easily. MindView 3 Business makes meetings more productive, accelerates project planning and helps turn ideas into action faster than ever before!


MyThought for Mac

MyThoughts for Mac Creates Fluid, Organic, Curvy Mind Maps that work in a way that the human brain enjoys!

If you illustrate something with straight lines, rigid boxes and lists the human brain is snoring in no time at all. But, given shape, curves, images and color the human brain loves it and drinks it all in. So, why would you want a Mind Map that has straight branch lines, rigid templates and inflexible layouts?

MyThoughts for Mac introduces a new level of freedom in the use of Mind Mapping Software allowing you to create Unique, Flowing, Brain Friendly Mind Maps.



Mind42 is a totally free mind mapping web app and it is one of my favorites. The interface is a good one, and it has some excellent features such as easy navigation for large mind maps with zoom and birdview (and branch hiding, but that’s pretty standard these days), and the ability to attach notes and images to branches, which isn’t always allowed in “pure” mind mapping software. You can also link branches to other sites and see a preview when you rollover the link, which I think is probably the only appropriate use of those preview rollovers anywhere on the net.



Mind mapping (or brainstorming diagram) involves writing down a central idea and thinking up new and related ideas which radiate out from the centre. By focusing on key ideas written down in your own words, and then looking for branches out and connections between the ideas, you are mapping knowledge in a manner which will help you understand and remember new information.



Diagram Software for the rest of us!
With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. Our online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings.


Wikka Wiki

WikkaWiki is a flexible, standards-compliant and lightweight wiki engine written in PHP, which uses MySQL to store pages. Forked from WakkaWiki. Designed for speed, extensibility, and security. Released under the GPL license.



Labyrinth is a lightweight mind-mapping tool, written in Python using Gtk and Cairo to do the drawing. It is intended to be as light and intuitive as possible, but still provide a wide range of powerful features.

A mind-map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualise, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organisation, problem solving, and decision making. (From wikipedia)


Xmind Pro

Are you a teacher looking to present your lesson plans? Are you a business owner who wants to get the word out about your product or service? Are you a speaker who wants your information to reach people who could not make it to your seminar?

XMind Pro makes it easier to express your ideas and share your information using its Presentation function. Launch your XMind Pro, where you can draw a mind map or open existed maps. One click enters you into Presentation mode, where your map will be shown on the full screen. You can just use the navigation toolbar within Presentation mode or Spacebar, Enter, Tab, or Arrow keys to navigate through topics. Every time a new topic is selected, it will be highlighted and positioned in the center of screen so your audience can concentrate on it.


MindManager 7

The powerful way to visually organize your information and keep your work moving forward.

MindManager 7 for Mac is a visual productivity tool that enables you to organize, manage, and communicate ideas and information to solve problems, drive innovation, and make consistent progress toward your goals. Use it to create interactive diagrams called mind maps that start with a central theme, then add branches with different ideas, notes, images, tasks—even hyperlinks and attachments. You’ll have all the information you need at your fingertips without being overwhelmed, so you can see the big picture as well as the details.



Pimki is a PIM (Personal Information Manager) loosely based on Instiki’s Wiki technology. This is the place to dump your brain, organise your thoughts and Get Things Done. The ease of use and immediacy of a wiki combined with extended view to slice and dice the data give you a unique power to store, manage and retrieve all loose bit of information in your life.

There are a lot of features added over a regular Wiki, features that only make sense when you view it as a personal application and not so much as a group oriented application. See below for a full list of goodies.

Please feel free to try it to organize your thoughts. Email me if you have any problems (assaph at gmail) or submit bugs / feature requests on the RubyForge project page.


View Your Mind

VYM is a thinking and planning tool that helps students and other users with time management, creativity, organization, and other skills.


The Brain

PersonalBrain 4 takes TheBrain’s dynamic visual interface and information organizer to the next level with over 65 new features including:


The Graphic Organizer

Graphic Organizers, Mind Maps and Concept Maps are pictorial or graphical ways to organize information and thoughts for understanding, remembering, or writing about. Graphic organizers, mind maps and concept maps are powerful tools that can be used to enhance learning and create a foundation for learning.


Visual Strategist

Visual Strategist – founded by Kyle McFarin to assist Entrepreneurs and Organizational Teams in Strategic Management.


Blackbelt mind map training

Welcome friend to your personal training black belt mindmapping. In this training, I will write to you in a personal way. This means that my writing will not be formal. This makes the writing more clear and easier to read. I am here to assist you in experiencing mindmapping. This means that in a few days (hopefully sooner) you will say:
Black Belt MindMapping teaches you mindmapping in 5 days. Every day has its own color. We go from yellow to orange to green, blue to brown. You receive the black belt after sending in the completed final assignment. You receive this
assignment at the end of day five (brown).


Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)

Looking at the creative problem solving framework through a new set of digital tools. (“Toward a Digitally Driven Process”, 19:25 min) Video produced by Diego Uribe, International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College.



Choose to use a desktop or web-based version of DropMind for real-time collaboration or the ability to add hyperlinks and images.



Wridea is a web service first to avoid ideas being forgotten, then to organize and improve those ideas by giving you the opportunity to share your ideas with friends and necessary tools to improve your ideas by yourself and individually.



Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that’s centered around the whiteboard. With a new type of drawing interface that’s actually easy and fun to use, Dabbleboard gets out of your way and just lets you draw. Finally the whiteboard enters the digital age!



Comapping is online software to manage and share information. Use it to take notes, plan and organize. It’s a way to have one set of notes. One set of files. For everyone.



This artistic, flowing mind map lets you import text from the web and Microsoft Office. Works on Windows only.



Organize your ideas using a tool that complements the way you think. Drag in text and images from Safari, Word, the Desktop and most other OS X applications. Place them anywhere on multiple worksheets within a single document.

Use the content you’ve gathered to build elaborate visual hierarchies. Add annotation. Link to external web pages and desktop documents. Easily mastered, surprisingly powerful.


eminec MYmap

With eminec MYmap, you can use your computer to brainstorm, organize and share ideas. The program supports you along the entire way from collecting ideas to structuring your thoughts and presenting them. eminec MYmap enhances your existing office software with all the tools you need to unleash your creativity in a productive way. The result: With eminec MYmap, you’re going to have fun and save time.


Edraw Mindmap

Perfect vector-based mind mapping software with abundant examples and templates!

Edraw is the quick and easy map mapping software for creating great-looking mind maps (graphical representations of thought processes) for brainstorming, problem solving, rational analysis, and decision marking. It includes thousands of ready-made graphics that you simply stamp to create your drawing.



Discover the future of Mind Mapping, NovaMind 5 is on its way, and it’s going to knock your socks off!


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  1. Servefault.com, 23 March 2010

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  2. Tamixes, 23 March 2010

    Thanks, could also add http://www.mindnode.com/ to the list

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  5. Veikko Wünsche, 24 March 2010

    It is also possible to use mind map with Visual Paradigm Agilian

  6. zohaib, 24 March 2010

    find this post a very unique one. thanks for share

  7. Toni Krasnic, 24 March 2010

    Thanks for the great compilation! Some additional mind mapping tools are available at http://www.pearltrees.com/conciselearning/1424071.

  8. Diane, 24 March 2010

    I am really surprised that Spinscape isn’t on your list! As a web-based mind mapping application is technologically superior to most of the other ones I’ve tried. And some of the applications you listed don’t seem to be really mind mapping tools, like WikkaWiki, Pimki/RubyForge, and Wridea. Otherwise, it’s a great collection of tools. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Nathanael Boehm, 24 March 2010

    Disappointed MindApp (http://www.mindapp.com) didn’t make this list. It’s a fantastic mind mapping application that just works; it’s fast, automatic … no fiddling around rearranging layouts and branches like some of these other apps.

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  11. Scorpibear, 27 March 2010

    The excellent overview of mind mapping tools, thank you! My personal choice is FreeMind.

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  13. Albin Sebastian, 28 March 2010

    Thanks for sharing a big list, I am using free mind 😀

  14. MindMeister, 29 March 2010

    Thanks for the mention Vidiya! We’ve just released our newest version, 4.0, which focuses on a number of user requested features, including themes, stats and reports, off site backups, etc.

    Just in case you missed it, MindMeister was the very first mind mapping solution to be available to Google Apps users via the recently launched Google Apps Marketplace. http://bit.ly/bpPdiS

    Thanks again!

  15. John, 30 March 2010

    What a great List! you could also add SmartDraw!

  16. Guttorm Hveem, 1 April 2010

    Thank you for this great share.

    CMap is for concept mapping, not mind mapping. These is to different theories.

    Mindmapping: Tony Buzan, you need to remember the relationships. Concept mapping: Joseph D. Novak, the relationships are written in the map. It´s more precisely

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  21. casey, 6 May 2010

    Thanks for this list! I’m trying a few of the products out now.

  22. Nina, 27 May 2010

    Thank you for sharing the list. Mind mapping can really help you manage your time and simplify your work. Seavus DropMind™ is a mind mapping software created with the next-generation Microsoft® Silverlight™. It offers simultaneous collaboration so you can chat in real time with friends and colleagues, work on the same map and make changes at the same time. Moreover, Seavus DropMind™ offers a project management integration, Google integration, seamless integration between desktop and web application and powerful Export/Import options. You will get better results by doing less work.
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  24. alex, 30 July 2010


    This is an amazing list!

    But, I thought I’d introduce http://creately.com too. It’s an online diagramming software with excellent support for mind maps, concept maps and a host of other diagram types.


  25. Elvira, 28 July 2013

    Thank you for this list! Looks like it took a year for me try a biggest part of it. My budget and needs made me stay with Mindomo. Nice, easy and good looking tool.

  26. Zevinnia Ariza, 16 August 2013

    Nice list. I had searched earlier for this on Google & had a little idea about WiseMapping. Also a seminar on Mindmeister was given in my college by a senior student. Never knew so many tools existed. Thanks

  27. Alejandro P, 22 August 2013

    We all need to organize our thoughts sometimes, and there seems to be no better way to do it than in a visual fashion. ConceptDraw MindMap has a couple of options. You can start from a blank document or you can choose from one of the pre-loaded templates or you can select ‘Brainstorm’. A feature I really love.

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