Learn how to diagram using diagrams.net features

    features   atlassian

    An online whiteboard for Confluence with draw.io

    With remote working on the rise worldwide, online replacements for analog tools like the whiteboard are increasingly needed. With the draw.io app for Confluence, your teams have an easy-to-use, collaborative online whiteboard, directly in Confluence, that can be used for agile brainstorming, story mapping, mockups, project planning and tracking, flowcharting, and more.

    23 Jul 2021

    Export images of diagrams directly from the lightbox viewer

    When you look at a diagrams.net or draw.io diagram in the lightbox viewer, and not in the app.diagrams.net editor, hover the mouse over the diagram to see the viewer toolbar. Click on a tool to select which layers to display, zoom in and out, and step through the pages in a multi-page diagram. You can also export your diagram as a PNG image and print the diagram directly from the diagrams.net lightbox viewer using these tools.

    15 Jul 2021

    Change the drawing canvas grid

    The drawing canvas in diagrams.net has a number of features that help you align and space shapes and connectors in your diagram. By default, it also indicates how your diagram will appear when printed across one or more pages, dependent on page size and orientation.

    28 Jun 2021
    features   atlassian

    Diagramming in a free Confluence Cloud instance

    diagrams.net and the draw.io branded Atlassian integrations are the leading solution for web based sketching and diagramming functionality. The article describes the draw.io integration for Confluence that we, JGraph, build, deliver and maintain alongside the online diagrams.net and desktop tools.

    16 Jun 2021
    features   shapes

    Draw freehand shapes and annotate diagrams

    When you draw a freehand shape in diagrams.net, it is saved as an image with a transparent background on the drawing canvas by default. You can change the freehand-drawn shape’s style like you would many other shapes: line colour, fill colour, opacity and more. You can also resize, flip and rotate your freehand drawing.

    01 Jun 2021
    features   connectors

    Join connectors with the waypoint shape

    The waypoint shape allows you to join two or more connectors together. In electrical circuit diagrams or logic gate diagrams, it is essential to show contact points where wires are connected, as opposed to passing each other without connecting. Waypoint shapes help you organise and route connectors neatly in tree diagrams, org charts, gitflow diagrams, hold connector lines together in a fishbone (Ishikawa) diagram, and more.

    05 May 2021

    Choose a different diagrams.net UI theme

    You can customise the diagrams.net editor and choose your preferred theme for the user interface. The UI theme control which editor elements are displayed, minimised or hidden, including the menu, toolbar, panels and dialog boxes.

    13 Apr 2021
    features   connectors

    Draw and style connectors in diagrams.net

    Connectors are lines that connect your shapes together and may or may not have arrows at one or both ends. In a diagram, connectors provide context information, showing how the various shapes and entities in your diagram are related.

    30 Mar 2021
    features   use cases   templates

    Use swimlanes with flowcharts to show who does each step

    Flowcharts are one of the most common diagram types, showing all of the steps that must be followed to complete a process. Not many processes are limited to just one person or one team, which is why swimlane diagrams and cross-functional flowcharts are used - these show the flow of data or control across different groups.

    09 Mar 2021

    Use diagrams.net with Google Classroom

    With most teachers and students now working virtually, as schools have been required to close due to the pandemic, the tools that support online teaching have been drastically improved. Many schools are now using Google Classroom to communicate with students, organise curriculum, and assign and submit assessment digitally.

    16 Feb 2021
    features   use cases

    UML 2.5 shape library with updated shapes

    The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a set of standard symbols and diagram types, commonly used in data modelling, workflow visualisation, and system modelling. UML notation is the defacto industry standard in the fields of software development, IT infrastructure, business systems and other fields. Many languages, such as SysML, SoaML, and a number of architecture frameworks use and extend UML.

    21 Jan 2021
    features   integrations   atlassian

    Embed diagrams in Confluence Data Center and Server

    There are two ways to display diagrams on Confluence Data Center and Server - either attach the diagram file to the page and use the draw.io diagram macro, or embed a diagram that is stored elsewhere using the Embed draw.io diagram macro. You can embed draw.io diagrams easily from the following locations:

    30 Nov 2020
    features   atlassian

    How to install and insert a diagram in Confluence Cloud

    With the draw.io app for Confluence Cloud, you can add diagrams to Confluence Cloud pages and collaboratively edit them. You can reuse one diagam on multiple pages, embed diagrams from cloud storage platforms, and cut down on the time spent maintaining multiple copies of the same diagram.

    14 Oct 2020
    features   shapes

    Automatic layout shapes for flow charts, tree diagrams and mind maps

    The automatic layout shapes in the Advanced shape library in diagrams.net organise your flow charts, tree diagrams, org charts, and mind maps for you as you add and connect more shapes. The automated layout ensures that all shapes in your diagram are spaced evenly, either in a horizontal or vertical format, and will automatically increase or decrease the container shape’s size to match the contents.

    22 Sep 2020

    Maths equations in diagrams

    You can add maths equations to your diagrams by enabling mathematical typesetting via the diagrams.net menu. When you enter an equation into a text shape or label, enabling mathematical typesetting will use MathJax to render your equation. MathJax renders equations neatly and works in all browsers.

    20 Jul 2020
    features   shapes   connectors

    Support for hand-drawn diagrams with rough.js

    A more relaxed and informal style for shapes, fills and lines is often used in infographics, teaching materials, maps and reports so that the diagrams are little less sterile and boring. The rough style adds a hand drawn shading options, rough outlines and connectors, and handwritten text labels.

    23 Jun 2020
    features   shapes

    Improved table shapes

    Tables have been overhauled in diagrams.net to be much more flexible and robust than the old HTML tables you previously used. With the new tables, you can choose from various layouts, drag to resize rows and columns, move rows by dragging them, and build cross-functional flowcharts within a table and its cells.

    22 Jun 2020

    Simple draw.io embedding walk-through

    You can embed diagrams.net as an application within another app, where you store the diagram data in the host app. It takes around 15 minutes to get a basic example running.

    01 May 2020

    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

    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

    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   text

    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

    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
    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 security-first 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

    Several ways to connect shapes

    You can connect shapes using the mouse, or the keyboard, or a combination of mouse and keyboard. By cloning shapes, you can add a shape and automatically connect them.

    25 Dec 2018

    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

    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

    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

    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
    features   shapes

    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

    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