The offical blog of the diagrams.net project

    use cases   integrations

    Create diagrams directly in VS Code

    Diagrams make coding go a lot smoother, especially when you are programming in teams. Having diagrams version tracked and right with the code they reference, and version tracked similarly in your code editor saves you time. You don’t have to exit your workspace to switch to an external tool, or have to export/import every time you want to update a diagram.

    01 Jun 2020
    use cases

    Create a rack diagram in diagrams.net

    diagrams.net has a number of shape libraries and templates for creating rack diagrams. Both electronics cabinets can be visualised, as well as IT racks with servers and networking hardware, including those provided by specific vendors like APC, Cisco, Dell, F5, HP, IBM and Oracle.

    27 May 2020
    features

    Embedded XML in PNG image files

    The PNG image file format supports embedded metadata in a number of ways. diagrams.net can export a PNG image of your diagram and include the diagram itself in the image, by including the XML code in the zTxt section of the image file.

    27 Apr 2020
    features

    Export diagrams to PDF files

    There are many reasons why you may want to print a diagram, or save it as a PDF file: floor plans with emergency routes or conference booth layouts, infographics, business plans and BPMN diagrams, or infrastructure and rack diagrams when you don’t have a tablet on hand for easy reference.

    22 Apr 2020
    integrations   features

    Use Mermaid syntax to create diagrams

    Mermaid is a syntax similar to Markdown where you can use text to describe and automatically generate diagrams. With Mermaid’s Markdown-inspired syntax, you can generate flow charts, UML diagrams, pie charts, Gantt charts, and more.

    15 Apr 2020
    features

    Work with custom shape libraries

    Custom shape libraries let you add the shapes, images, clipart, groups of shapes, custom shapes, and even entire diagrams to your own shape library to make diagramming faster and easier.

    06 Apr 2020
    features

    Use keyboard shortcuts to work faster with styles

    There are a large number of keyboard shortcuts that let you create diagrams faster and more easily with diagrams.net. One of the more common and time-consuming tasks when you create a diagram is styling shapes and connectors.

    23 Mar 2020
    use cases

    Use org charts to categorise data and show hierarchies

    Org charts, also known as tree diagrams, organisational charts, and organigrams, are used throughout all disciplines and professions. We like to categorise everything as it helps us make sense of how the world works. Species of plants and animals, corporate and military hierarchies, team structures, family trees, language family relationships, even symptoms of illnesses - org charts help us quickly find who to contact, what illness to treat, and so on.

    16 Mar 2020
    use cases

    Create floorplans and layouts

    Floorplans aren’t only useful for real-estate agents and people who are moving to a new apartment. You can also plan new office spaces, show emergency routes, create a seating chart, plan a conference or trade show layout - anything where you need to arrange people and furniture in a space.

    02 Mar 2020
    news

    Open source diagramming is moving to diagrams.net, slowly

    draw.io will slowly transition to become diagrams.net during 2020 for security reasons. Nothing will change for you, apart from seeing a different URL and logo. www.draw.io will continue to serve the application correctly, we won’t even redirect you.

    26 Feb 2020
    use cases

    How to create a gitflow diagram

    It’s easier to show new development team members your project’s branch structure in your Git repository visually than to describe it in words. Some platforms may illustrate this using built-in tools. If you are using a platform without a convenient visual representation, it’s easy to create your own gitflow diagram.

    07 Feb 2020
    features

    Using external or custom fonts in diagrams.net

    If you don’t want to use the fonts that are available by default in diagrams.net, you can use your own custom fonts or external fonts, such as Google’s fonts or web fonts stored on your own server. This is useful when you need to match the style guide of a publication, your company’s corporate image, or to add interest and emphasis in an infographic.

    01 Dec 2019
    use cases

    Analysing vulnerabilities with threat modelling using diagrams.net

    Threat modelling, especially in IT, is becoming more common. Companies are increasingly aware of the risks of having their infrastructure and devices connected to the internet. As more devices, machines, sensors, monitors, and applications are added to a company’s infrastructure, there are potentially many more vulnerabilities.

    18 Nov 2019
    news   open source

    We are sponsoring FOSDEM 2020

    FOSDEM is a free two-day event held each year, organised by volunteers, to promote the use and development of free and open source software. Open source software developers and users can meet, share ideas, and collaborate.

    07 Nov 2019
    features

    Add multiple pages to your diagrams

    Some diagrams can get very large and complex, for example, business processes, UML diagrams, floor plans, or even large brainstorm mind maps and hierarchical tree diagrams. These diagrams are often more readable when they are broken into smaller component diagrams.

    28 Oct 2019
    integrations   use cases

    Export from Cloudockit to a .drawio diagram

    Cloudockit is a platform which connects to and monitors your cloud and on-premises environment and automatically generates 2D or 3D diagrams. It works with AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), VMWare Hyper-V, Alibaba Cloud, IBM Cloud, and your local infrastructure to visualise your network and automatically generate documentation.

    18 Apr 2019
    features   use cases

    Insert from SQL to create an ER diagram

    Entity relationship diagrams show how data is structured in relational databases. Each entity consists of rows of attributes. ER diagrams are used in software development and by IT workers to design and document database structure.

    08 Apr 2019
    trust   features

    Your diagram data is secure and private

    diagrams.net is a unique diagramming tool in that we provide the application platform, but your diagram data only lives in your browser on your local device while you are working on it. Upon saving, your diagram data will be stored at the location you have chosen: in your cloud platform, on your local device, in GitHub, or to whichever integration you have selected. Your diagram data is never sent to the our servers when you save your diagram.

    10 Mar 2019
    integrations   use cases

    Use Cloudcraft to export your AWS architecture to draw.io

    Using Cloudcraft, you can securely connect to cloud environments and infrastructure components via your architecture diagrams where statistics, resource information and more is updated in real time. The 3D isometric view that Cloudcraft uses is familiar to engineers and IT staff as it often matches the tools they learned on. The automatic updates driven from your company’s live systems makes Cloudcraft a fantastic tool for monitoring your AWS cloud infrastructure. The statistics are also helpful to estimate costs when you want to make changes to your system.

    27 Feb 2019
    use cases

    diagrams.net supports Veeam stencils

    Veaam is an online service that visualises and monitors your cloud and network architectures, and provides a number of additional availability services, including deployment, backup, replication and restoration. It supports Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud, as well as a variety of workloads, apps, and platforms commonly used by businesses.

    26 Jan 2019
    features

    Several ways to connect shapes

    There are many different ways to connect shapes - some with the mouse, or a combination of mouse and keyboard shortcut, or even just with the keyboard.

    25 Dec 2018
    features

    Placeholder labels respect scope

    You can define custom properties for the shapes and connectors in your diagrams. This shape metadata can help explain your diagram to viewers. For example, the tooltips that can appear when you hover over a shape are one such property.

    25 Dec 2018
    shortcuts

    Ctrl+Shift+drag to move an area of your diagram

    Quickly move an entire of your diagram: hold down the Control and Shift keys, then click on a blank section of the drawing canvas and drag to move it. You’ll see guide lines appear to show you the origin and displacement of the area you are moving.

    03 Dec 2018
    features

    diagrams.net import formats and sources

    As diagrams.net aims to become the de facto diagramming tool, used by everyone around the world, it’s important to be able to import from a variety of file formats and from a number of storage locations.

    19 Nov 2018
    shortcuts

    Alt+Shift+Select to deselect shapes

    When you drag a selection box around too many shapes, you can either do it again to include the shapes you wanted to select, or use hold down Alt+Shift and drag a deselection box around those shapes that you don’t want to include in your selection.

    02 Nov 2018
    features

    Export diagrams as SVG images

    SVG images load quickly, especially when compared to loading diagram images in other formats. You can embed an SVG image exported from diagrams.net in a website, document or even a WordPress site if you have installed a plugin that support the upload of SVG files.

    07 Oct 2018
    features

    Export a diagram to HTML

    You can embed a diagram in a web page or in any online platform that can render HTML. While some third-party integrations can embed diagrams more efficiently (in WordPress, for example), embedding a diagram as HTML may be a good option. You can also share these HTML diagram files with others.

    01 Sep 2018
    integrations

    Using the draw.io Chrome app

    A Chrome app is a browser-based app that looks like a normal desktop app. The draw.io Chrome app runs on Chromebooks using ChromeOS, as well as on the following operating systems: Android, Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux - in fact, anywhere the Chrome browser can run.

    08 Aug 2018
    features

    Click to add shapes to the drawing canvas

    Instead of dragging shapes from the shape library in to the drawing canvas, you can quickly add them by simply clicking on the shape. This makes it faster to add a lot of shapes to the canvas at once, and then place, style and connect them later.

    24 Jul 2018
    features

    Export a diagram to a URL

    diagrams.net makes it easy to share your diagrams. You can even encode it in an URL if your diagram is smaller than a certain size. When someone clicks on the (very long) URL, they will open the diagram in the diagram viewer. From there, it’s easy to print or edit their own copy of the diagram - your original diagram will not be changed unless you specify otherwise.

    01 Jul 2018
    shortcuts

    Alt+drop to overlay shapes on containers

    When you work with container shapes, dropping a shape over that container inserts that shape into that container. While this is useful for adding steps to a flow chart inside a flow lane (e.g. using the flow layout shape), you may not necessarily want to add the shape for the person responsible into the flow lane container, but instead overlay it.

    02 May 2018
    trust

    Data privacy and Google Analytics

    With the GDPR enforcement date of 25th May approaching, we’ve decided to make our privacy and data handling process as public and open as possible. Virtually all companies hide behind fuzzy text like “we employ industry standard practices”. They give you no idea whether your personal data is secure or who can use it.

    17 Apr 2018