yEd Live

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 JavaScript diagramming library yFiles, 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.

Feature Highlights

Automatic layouts.

Benefit from the most advanced automatic layout algorithms available. Each highly configurable and with a plethora of options.

Easy diagramming.

yEd Live is easier to use than before. All graph editing actions are available via context menu - leaving more space to the most important part of the app - your diagram.

Compatible with yEd desktop.

Load your diagrams created with the yEd Graph Editor application. yEd Live is compatible with yEd's GraphML format.

Intuitive controls.

We have rebuilt the user interface of yEd Live from the ground up, with a strong focus on usability and user experience. The UI feels more vivid now and controls work together seamlessly. yEd Live is at home on desktop PCs, tablets, and even smartphones.

Ready for large graphs.

Most graph editors can handle only a small number of nodes well. yEd Live is powered by the most advanced JavaScript / HTML graph drawing engine on the market and can handle hundreds of nodes simultaneously. If you don't need this - yEd Live is fine with small graphs too.

Node and edge styles.

Styles define the appearance and semantics of a diagram. yEd Live offers a versatile toolbox of styles that you can easily configure. The styles range from geometric shape to domain-specific nodes (think BPMN). All styles can be easily customized - so there is plenty of room to get creative.

More Features

Grid and snaplines

Position nodes exactly with clever alignment helpers.


Organize nested graph structures in group nodes.

Autosave support

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

GraphML support

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

Cloud storage

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

Image export

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

Printing support

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

Domain specific palettes (BPMN, tables, etc.)

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


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!

Here are the features that are at the top of the wish list.

Enhanced browser support

yEd Live runs best in Google Chrome - with enhanced browser support you will get the best experience on more browsers.

Multi-document support

With multi-document support you can work on multiple diagrams in parallel and copy parts from one diagram to another.

User defined node data

Flexible means for storing and visualizing additional data with nodes and edges.

Customizable palettes

Save and load your own palettes.

Enhanced touch control

yEd Live already works with touch devices - with improved touch support the experience will be even better.

Seamless integration of cloud services

Storing and loading data in the cloud will be easier and better integrated in yEd Live.

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Usage Terms

Anyone is allowed to use the free version of yEd Live, even in commercial environments and contexts, as long as there is no commercial version of yEd Live available.
Once we offer the commercial version of yEd Live, non-commercial users can go on using yEd Live free of charge, but commercial usage will require the commercial version of yEd Live.

We will inform all users when the commercial version of yEd Live becomes available.
If you have any licensing related questions, please get in touch with our sales team.

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