Everywhere, Anytime.

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yEd Live is the browser version of the powerful yEd desktop application. No more installer is needed to quickly and effectively create high-quality diagrams. Built upon our diagramming library yFiles for HTML, the automatic layout algorithms arrange even large data sets with just the press of a button.

Create, import, or share graphs on any device that operates a modern browser. Even graphs that have been generated with the yEd Graph Editor application can now be shared with colleagues and friends without them having to install the desktop application.

Online application but local data: yEd Live runs completely in your local browser and your graph is never sent to any server, unless you explicitly store it in a supported cloud service. See also our privacy policy.

yEd Live

What to expect on this page

Complete Data Privacy

We prioritize your privacy. yEd Live operates entirely on your local machine, ensuring that your data stays with you. At no point do we send your diagrams, designs, or any other diagram-data to our servers or any third party. This means you can create and edit diagrams with full confidence that your sensitive information remains secure and private.

Data only leaves your client when you explicitly use one of the integrated cloud storages or the AI support. In those cases, the necessary data is securely transferred to the service of your choice.

AI supported diagram creation and editing

The integrated ChatGPT features allows to create and edit graphs with natural language. This feature enhances the capabilities of yEd Live with unique actions which would otherwise not be possible or hard to achieve through the user interface. For example, creating a graph from just a description or batch editing of labels.

Check out our blog article to learn more about how we integrated ChatGPT into yEd Live. Just give it a try and experience the enhanced diagram creation process!

AI enhanced diagram creation

With the help of ChatGPT from OpenAI, creating diagrams in yEd Live is now even easier. A short description is all you need to create a diagram, which serves as a great starting point for further editing. Check out the following video to learn more:

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AI enhanced diagram editing

Editing the diagram with natural language opens up new possibilities. For example, you can easily adjust all labels at once, apply a color gradient to the graph, or just restructure it based on specific conditions.

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Automatic layouts for every use case

Choose from a huge number of automatic layouts. Each layout comes with different settings to configure them to perfectly fit the task at hand.

Basic layouts

These layouts may be applied to any graph and tailored to created the best arrangement:

Hierarchic, Organic, Tree, Circular, Orthogonal, Radial, Balloon, Series-Parallel.

Use-case layouts

These layouts are pre-configured for specific use-cases:

BPMN, Flowchart, UML, Mind Map.

Automatic layout chooser

This unique option analyzes your current graph and automatically selects an appropriate layout configuration.

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Free license

Create and edit diagrams -
at no cost

Using yEd Live is completely free of charge.

Feature highlights

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Automatic Layouts

Don't worry about where to put elements. The built-in automatic layouts will always find a meaningful arrangement of all elements.
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Mind Map Editor

The integrated mind map visualization and automatic layout creates beautiful diagrams at ease.
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UML Diagram Editor

Create fast and easy UML diagrams with the built-in, interactive UML style.
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Entity Relationship Diagram

Create Entity Relationship diagrams with Martin Notation with the built-in palette.
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Share diagram as GitHub Gist

Create a direct link to your diagram to easily share it with others.
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Custom Palette

Add your own custom palettes that are persisted in your browser. Custom palettes can also be downloaded and shared with other users.
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Custom Data

Each node and edge element can be annotated with an external reference and a custom description. When providing an URL, the element becomes clickable by holding the CTRL modifier.

More Features

Grid and snaplines

Position nodes exactly with clever alignment helpers.

Cloud storage

Save and load your diagrams from Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or GitHub gists.


Organize nested graph structures in group nodes.

Image export

Export diagrams to raster graphics and vector graphics: PNG, SVG, PDF.

Autosave support

Continue just where you left off. The "save early, save often!" mantra done right for you.

Printing support

Get high-fidelity paper copies of your diagrams. Put your diagrams on paper with page format support.

GraphML support

Load your diagrams in XML-based GraphML format from disk, cloud or any URL.


Aside from GraphML, yEd Live also supports import of different files like JSON, GML, TGF and basic DOT files.

Domain specific palettes
(Mind Map, BPMN, tables, etc.)

Create diagrams using high-quality, fully functional elements designed for a specific domain.

Easy to access

Contextual hints guide you through features while working with the diagram.

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We will continuously be adding more features to yEd Live. Tell us what new features you would like to see, what you like and what you don't like about yEd Live!

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Usage terms

Anyone is allowed to use this free version of yEd Live from our website, even in commercial environments and contexts.

If you have any licensing related questions, please get in touch with our sales team.

The enterprise solution for data visualization and graph drawing

Integrable into your application
Suitable for any use case
Highly customizable to fit your needs
Compatible with any type of data

Why, how, what? —
Just ask the diagramming experts!

Our team is happy to advise you – no strings attached. Let's talk about your project and find the perfect solution for your needs!

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