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The Best Free Mind Mapping Tools in 2020

Updated on August 1, 2020
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A musician/writer, a compassionate human, and over a decade of IT experience, Paul hopes to help the world recover - one article at a time.

As the technology world emerges, so should all, but not all can adjust. With too many options, most are confused about how to use them. I’m Paul, your local Tech Guy. Either you’re working from home or in the office or anywhere in the world, I'm here to help you become Technology Productive!

In this tech recipe for today, let me show you what are the best free mind mapping tools in 2020. This is a continuation of my article “Effective Brainstorming with Tech”. If you want to know the secret tech recipe of simplified brainstorming techniques, you may click here to learn more.

Let's Start!

As mentioned, this is a continuation of my article “How to Effectively Brainstorm?”, so I’d suggest reading that first before this. Since the previous article mostly suggests paid tools, this article shows you my top free alternative mind mapping tools that provide a similar quality experience. What are they? Read on below.


  • Mindomo
  • MindMup
  • FreeMind
  • Creately
  • Coogle
  • Lucid Chart


For Conceptualization


If you're looking for a mind map tool that focuses more on making conceptualization easier, then this is the tool for you. It’s free for 3 mind maps only. You can import images, audio, and videos. And, it’s compatible with iPad, Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux platforms.


Another mind map tool that favors conceptualization, this is the right tool for you. Unlike Mindomo, this tool provides unlimited mind maps, 100KB of free storage for up to 6 months or export of up to 100KB or save to Google Drive cloud storage, and publish maps of up to 6 months. The best thing, no need to install any devices as it’s a purely web-based application.

For Maps, Charts, Diagrams, Process, Flowcharts


If you’re looking to refine or design maps or charts or diagrams, then this is the right tool for you. The best thing is it provides free forever license. You can export the file as PDF, image, and HTML. And, it can be installed in Windows, Mac, and Linux.


If you’re looking to revise or design a flowchart, UML, or mockups, then this is the perfect tool for you. It’s free for 5 documents, 1 folder, and 3 collaborators only. You can export the file to Visio, PDF, images, and SVG files. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.


Another mind map tool that focuses on flowcharts, process maps, and other diagrams, this is another alternative for you. It’s free for 3 private diagrams & unlimited public diagrams. You can upload unlimited images & choose over 1,600 beautiful icons. You can import & export diagrams as images, Visio, .mm, text, and PDF. It's a very dependable tool as it auto-arrange branches, unconnected text boxes, multiple start points, can share folders, and provides a full change history. One cool feature is you can also embed mind maps anywhere. It’s web-based, so no need to worry about incompatibility platform.

Lucid Chart

Another option for if you’re looking for mind map tools that focuses on flowcharts, process maps, and more. It provides free 3 documents only though, however, the live data can be connected or imported. It’s also web-based, so no need to worry about platform compatibility.

For Big Data Analysis

If you’re looking for a mind map tool that focuses more on analyzing big data, mapping, and outlining, then this tool is perfect for you. It’s free for 3 mind maps only. Big data is an extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions, thus, it also integrates with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). It’s web-based, so another flexible no-installation application for you.

In A Nutshell

The best free mind mapping tools in 2020 are Mindomo, MindMup, FreeMind, Creately, Coogle, Lucid Chart,

This tech recipe just showed you what are the best free mind mapping tools in 2020. Brainstorming is just a part of the solutions to increase productivity. And in mind mapping tools, there are more solutions available including other productivity solutions out there, so I need your help.

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