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Developer(s)Dimitry Polivaev, et al.
Stable release
1.11.8 / 2023-11-10
Preview release
1.11.1-alpha / 2022-12-17
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, it 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, fully supporting the FreeMind XML file format, but adds features and tags not supported by FreeMind, which FreeMind ignores 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 1.10.x[edit]

The latest stable release is 1.9.9 (September 25, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-09-25)) [±].


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
  • Versioning and collaborative work [18]

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. ^ Application for Mind Mapping, Knowledge and Project Management
  17. ^ "use freeplane for GTD". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  18. ^ collaborative mind-mapping and map versioning

External links[edit]