FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. Mind maps are diagrams that visually organize information around a single concept.

Pros: Powerful, accessible control and features; cross-platform compatibility

Cons: Doesn’t allow drag & drop in interface; not intuitive for beginners

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • File Size: 38.5 MB
  • Price:
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8

Editor's Reviews


Freemind is a free productivity tool for editing mind maps, XML/HTML documents, directory trees, and Topic Maps with organization and ease.


FreeMind is a premium mind mapping application, with powerful features and readily accessible controls. Organizing your mind’s thoughts and producing understandable data visualizations has never been so easy!

Although FreeMind does lack some of the bells & whistles commonly found in paid mind mapping tools, don’t be fooled into thinking you need these flashy user interface elements. FreeMind will get the job done, and even let you customize the look and feel of the maps you produce. In addition, you can insert small icons, add calendar entries or reminds to branches on the map, hyperlinks, or see the timeline revisions made to the map.

At the end of the day, FreeMind is a highly functional and robust mind mapping tools that gives you the flexibility to organize thoughts on a page and accurately show how they connect to each other and to the big picture.


If you’re unfamiliar with the mind mapping process in general, FreeMind isn’t the best program to get started with. Other commercial software usually have fancy wizards and walk-thoughs that help you learn the mind mapping process before diving right into it. FreeMind does have a robust support feature; it’s just not setup so that it’s the first thing you encounter.

Additionally, the FreeMind interface leaves something to be desired. The biggest “oops” is that it does not allow drag and drop functionality between the different elements. You have to place and create nodes from the various bubbles, rather than a more intuitive process of creating all the elements needed and organizing them by dragging them around.

Final Verdict:

As far as mind mapping tools go, FreeMind is a great option. It is highly functional and customizable, and you won’t feel like you’re missing out by not using paid software. FreeMind helps you organize thoughts and create directories with ease!

Product Description

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don't you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila. Do you want to refactor your essays in a similar way you would refactor software? Or do you want to keep personal knowledge base, which is easy to manage? Why don't you try FreeMind? Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you've been and where you are heading, as Stephen Covey would advise you? Have you tried FreeMind to keep track of all the things that are needed for that?


Full Specifications


  • Publisher: Freemind Company
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  • License: GNU General Public License version 2.0 (GPLv2)

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  • Version: 1.0.1
  • File Size: 38.5 MB
  • Price: FREE
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8