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Ten popular concept mapping tools

May 11, 2011

I was taken to task yesterday for limiting the list of software recommended in Best tools and practices for concept mapping. This morning I did some research and came up with a credible list of the ten most-recommended tools for mind mapping and concept mapping (out of fifty listed at least once). I eliminated titles that had not been updated in the past two years or were neither cross-platform nor web-based. The items are listed alphabetically.

Free desktop software for Win/Mac/Linux

Commercial desktop software for Win/Mac

Free web-based tools

  • – runs in Flash
  • Prezi – upgrade for a fee, also commercial desktop software for Win/Mac/Linux

Update: Read about a new tool – Try Coggle for concept maps

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2016 9:17 am

    What about – Mind Vector ( I personally recommend this app because not only I am using it since long time, even it has such excellent features that I happy to share with other. It is very simple, flexible and easy to understand the tool structure that helps me while I make my maps for brainstorming and ideas.

    Thank You!

  2. Chris Clark permalink*
    February 10, 2016 8:44 am

    Regarding VUE and Java 6 on a Mac, I just installed VUE 3.3.0 on my Mac running OSX El Capitan. I then installed this Java from Apple – . After I rebooted VUE launched with no problem.

  3. AlexK permalink
    February 9, 2016 11:37 pm

    Vie requires Java 6 which rules it out for me on Mac al

  4. November 23, 2015 7:20 pm

    I am a big fan of mind mup – – mainly because it syncs with Google drive and dropbox and it enables a real-time collaborative environment for remote teams to work in. Definitely worth a try, another one with a different flavor is called WorkFlowy. –

  5. Elisabeth permalink
    October 11, 2012 10:46 am

    As an advocate of concept mapping in the classroom and as a planning tool, I really appreciate as a free online concept mapping tool as well. I’ve used Prezi, but like Tarek said, Prezi is more of a presentation tool, not a true concept mapping piece.

  6. Tarek Koudsi permalink
    April 22, 2012 8:35 pm

    Prezi is more likely to be used for presentation purposes rather concept mapping, I like your compilation, thank you.


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