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Screenshot of Freeplane v.1.1.3.png
Screenshot of Freeplane 1.1.3
Developer(s)Dimitry Polivaev, et al.
Stable release1.9.7 (July 30, 2021; 46 days ago (2021-07-30)) [±]
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeMind Mapping
LicenseGPL version 2 or later

Freeplane is a free, open source software application for creating mind maps (diagrams of connections between ideas), and electronic outlines. Written in Java, Freeplane is supported on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and is licensed under the GNU GPL version "2 or later".

In 2007, Freeplane was forked from the FreeMind project.[1] Freeplane maintains partial file format compatibility with FreeMind - Freeplane fully supports the FreeMind file format, but adds features and tags not supported by FreeMind, which are ignored on loading.


Release 1.1[edit]

New features of Freeplane stable release (June 2010) include:

Release 1.2.x[edit]

The first stable Freeplane 1.2.x was 1.2.20 released on October 20, 2012. It includes the following new features:

  • Text processor like node styles[2]
  • Conditional node styles[3]
  • Map templates for new maps[4]
  • Formatting panel
  • Add-ons: Installable enhancements[5]
  • Hyperlinks for menu items
  • Keyboard shortcut documentation: Map and HTML table generation added for the documentation map
  • Check for newer auto save files on opening of a map
  • Single instance mode: open files in existing program instance instead of opening a new one.
  • Node level dependent filters
  • Improvement in search and replace functions
  • Different cloud shapes
  • New icons for rating
  • Automatic Edge Color
  • "Grid" for moving of nodes (Preferences->Behaviour->Grid gap size)
  • Copy and paste attributes
  • Named filter conditions
  • Different shapes, line types, width and transparency for connectors
  • Freeplane portable version (download and install file named FreeplanePortable_xxx.paf.exe)
  • File -> Properties... dialog showing facts about the map such as total nodes, branches and leaf nodes
  • New icons added to facilitate speedy use of main and contextual menus
  • Formulas: Use of formulas as node text and attributes (like in spread sheet processors)[6]
  • Node numbering and Formats/templates as style attributes
  • Added progress icons to show incremental completion in 10% or 25% steps
  • Summaries: Create graphical and textual summaries by "bracketing" nodes. See example map[7]
  • Menu and command structure[8] refactored both to integrate new features and to make Freeplane more intuitive and easier to learn
  • Dates and numbers: Parsing and formatting improved[9]
  • Digital post-its: free positionable and free floating nodes.[10]
  • Dates and numbers: Improved scripting support[9]

Release 1.3.x[edit]

Version 1.3 was published ((date)). New features of 1.3.x included:

Release 1.5.x[edit]

New features of Freeplane 1.5 include:

  • New options for creating mind maps with high homogeneity and symmetry[13]
  • Clones[14]
  • Init scripts[15]
  • Background images[16]

Release 1.6.x[edit]

  • References to other mind maps from formulas and scripts
  • PDF and SVG exports enhancements
  • Java 9 support
  • JLatexMath update
  • Bug fixes

Release 1.7.x[edit]

  • Dark UI mode support (Look and feel and map template "Darcula")
  • User interface enhancements
  • Nodes and aliases enhancements
  • Java 13 support, Java 11 compatibility, Java 7 support dropped, Java 8 is required
  • Bug fixes

Release 1.9.x[edit]

The latest stable release is 1.9.7 (July 30, 2021; 46 days ago (2021-07-30)) [±].


One feature of Freeplane is the support for installable enhancements. Add-ons are a way to extend and customize Freeplane similar to how plug-ins and extensions can be used to extend and customize well-known applications like Firefox or LibreOffice. Freeplane add-ons can be used to provide a single function, a bundle of multiple functions, bind those functions to a menu item, etc.

Available add-ons include :

  • GTD support [17]
  • study planner
  • more icons
  • versioning and collaborative work [18]

See more on the add-ons page.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ June 2014, Project of the Month – Freeplane interview with Dimitry Polivaev
  2. ^ Node styles
  3. ^ Conditional node styles
  4. ^ Map templates
  5. ^ Add-ons such as Freeplane|GTD. Study Planner and Add-on Developer Tools.
  6. ^ Formulas
  7. ^ Example map of nodes summarized by "bracketing"
  8. ^ Menus and commands
  9. ^ a b Input & format of dates and numbers
  10. ^ Free positionable and free floating nodes
  11. ^ LaTeX in Freeplane
  12. ^ OpenStreetMap Plugin
  13. ^ Jonas Batista Freeplane Version Announcement
  14. ^ Clones
  15. ^ Init scripts
  16. ^ 1.5.8-beta-pre01 readme.txt
  17. ^ "use freeplane for GTD". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  18. ^ collaborative mind-mapping and map versioning
  19. ^ add-ons page

External links[edit]