Create a new diagram using diagrams.net

diagrams.net is a free online diagramming tool that supports a wide range of diagrams with its extensive shape libraries. Create flow charts, UML diagrams, org charts, mind maps, mockups, floor plans, infographics and more.

  1. Go to app.diagrams.net and select the location where you want to store your diagram file.
    Select the location where you want to save your diagram files
  2. If you have selected a cloud storage platform, authorise diagrams.net to access your files.
  3. Click Create new diagram to start a new diagram in the diagrams.net editor.
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  4. Edit the Diagram Name, then click Create to start a new blank diagram immediately. Alternatively, select a template category, choose a template from which to start your diagram, then click Create.
    Select a template and enter a diagram name to create a new diagram in Google Drive

Use the diagrams.net editor

Your diagram will be opened in the diagrams.net editor. You can now edit, expand and style your diagram as you need.

  • Add or replace shapes using the shape libraries on the left.
  • Select one or more shapes or connectors then change their style using the format panel on the right.
  • Use the toolbar above the drawing canvas to change the zoom and work with details, undo or redo changes, move shapes forwards or backwards, work with styles, change connectors, and more.
  • Reroute connectors by dragging them to add extra waypoints.
  • Click on the + at the bottom of the drawing canvas to add an extra page to your diagram file.

Start a new diagram from a template at diagrams.net

Start a new diagram within the editor

You can start a new diagram via the menu if you are already working in the diagrams.net editor.

  1. Select File > New from the menu.
    Select File > New within the diagrams.net editor to create a new diagram
  2. Follow the steps above to name your new diagram, select a template and create your new diagram.