Import diagrams from Gliffy Online to diagrams.net

diagrams.net 21 Sep 2021

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Gliffy recently removed their free tier offering in their online version. This means if your trial version has expired, you will no longer be able to edit up to 5 diagrams that you have created, unless you start a paid subscription.

You can use diagrams.net to create an unlimited number of diagrams for free, without restrictions. Additionally, you can import your Gliffy diagrams.

How to import Gliffy diagrams

Prior to the removal of the free tier, 1st December 2021, open each diagram in turn in the Gliffy editor. Right click on the editor canvas and select “View diagram source”

The right-click menu in the Gliffy editor, with the view diagram source option selected

In the dialog that appears select the whole text and copy it.

The data model display dialog in Gliffy, showing the data representing the diagram

Open any text editor on your computer and paste the text in. Then save the file, using a .gliffy suffix to end the filename.

Repeat that until you have a file for each Gliffy diagram.

Next, go to app.diagrams.net and drag and drop the first file into the diagrams.net editor. Your diagram will be imported and you can click on the orange “unsaved diagram” warning to pick your save location.

The save option dialog in diagrams.net. At the top is a text field to type in the file name. Below are various storage options to select.

You can choose to save back to your computer or to one of the cloud storage options, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Github or Gitlab.

If you’re worried about trusting SaaS vendors with your data, when they can change usage terms at any time, we have a desktop app under our draw.io brand. Note that it cannot import Gliffy files, but once imported using the online app, you can open, edit and save your files without limitations for free.

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