Import diagrams from Lucidchart EDU to diagrams.net

diagrams.net 12 Oct 2021

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Lucidchart recently limited their free education plans, Lucidchart EDU, for students and teachers to only 3 editable diagrams. That means that all of the diagrams after your most recent three diagram files are set to read only, unless you switch to a premium subscription.

Individual licenses for educational apps can be quite expensive. This is especially hard for parents with multiple children in distance learning, or educators who are provided with a limited selection of remote tools.

You can create and edit an unlimited number of diagrams for free with diagrams.net

Because diagrams.net works on a bring-your-own-storage model, your files are not locked behind a paywall. You can choose to store your files in many different cloud storage locations (Google Drive, OneDrive, GitHub, … ), in your browser, or on your local computer. You are free to view, edit, publish and share them at any time.

Tip: diagrams.net also integrates well with Google Classroom. See below for more details.

How to import Lucidchart diagrams

By using the free diagrams.net and draw.io Importer extension for the Google Chrome browser, you can convert all of your Lucidchart diagrams to draw.io in a couple of steps.

  1. Install the diagrams.net and draw.io Importer extension in Google Chrome.
  2. Log into your Lucidchart account in one tab.
  3. Open another tab and go to app.diagrams.net/tools/lucid/import.html
  4. Click on a diagram file to see a preview and select or deselect it, or click Select all to select everything, then click Import.
    Use Google Chrome with the diagrams.net and draw.io Importer extension to convert all your Lucidchart diagrams to the .drawio format in one step

All of the selected diagrams will be converted and saved in a .zip file in your default downloads folder. Expand this ZIP file to access all of the diagrams, now in the .drawio format.

  • Drag a .drawio diagram file into a new diagram in the app.diagrams.net editor or select File > Import from in the menu then select your file to open it.

  • If you have installed the desktop version of diagrams.net, double click on a .drawio file to open it in the desktop application.

Import a single Lucidchart diagram

You can import diagrams individually from Lucidchart into diagrams.net.

Note: It is important that you use these keyboard shortcuts to copy and to past your diagram.

  1. Open the diagram you wish to import in the Lucidchart editor.
  2. Select everything in the diagram with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A on Windows, Cmd+A on macOS.
  3. Copy everything you have selected with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C on Windows, Cmd+C on macOS.
  4. Open a new, blank diagram in diagrams.net.
  5. Paste the diagram into diagrams.net with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V on Windows, Cmd+V on macOS, and save your new diagram file.
    Use the keyboard shortcuts to copy all of the elements in your Lucidchart diagram and past it into the diagrams.net editor to convert a single diagram

Work with educational diagrams

With the free diagrams.net add-on for Google Workspace, you can embed diagrams stored in Google Drive into Google Classroom announcements.
Attach a diagram file to an announcement in Google Classroom

With this add-on, you can also embed the diagrams you have stored in Google Drive in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Free shape libraries

Related shapes are arranged into categories and shape libraries. You can use any of these shape libraries for free.

  1. In the diagrams.net editor, click More Shapes at the bottom of the left panel to see the available shape libraries.
  2. Select a shape library to see what shapes it contains. Use the scroll bar on the left to see more categories and libraries.
  3. Enable the shape libraries you want to use by clicking the checkboxes next to their names, then click Apply.
    Show or hide the many different shape libraries in diagrams.net

Free template diagrams

diagrams.net comes with a large free template library which can be used for a wide range of diagrams: simple flowcharts and tree diagrams, highly technical IT and business diagrams, infographics, and many more.

  1. Open the template library in diagrams.net - click Arrange > Insert > Template.
  2. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right of a template in the template library dialog to see a larger preview of it.
    Hover over a template in diagrams.net to see a larger preview of it

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