Lucidchart vs. Creately

Lucidchart and Creately are both popular diagramming tools online, but Lucidchart has greater ease of use and a more robust toolset for professional and enterprise users. Here’s why we believe Lucidchart is the superior diagramming solution.

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A full-featured Creately alternative

Real-time collaboration
Publish webpage
Share with collaborators
Embeddable diagrams
Share as image
Publish PDF
Community sharing
Social media sharing

Lucidchart allows you to easily work on your projects in a team environment while Creately offers fewer options for sharing and collaboration.

G Suite
Google Drive
Microsoft Office 2013

Lucidchart integrates with more vendors and only charges you once per account, no matter how many integrations an account uses.

Export options
Visio (.vdx)
Google Drive

Lucidchart allows you to import and export from more platforms than Creately.

Visio support
Import .vsd files (.vdx)
Import .vdx files
Export as .vdx files
Import stencils

Lucidchart supports more Visio elements than any of our competitors.

UML shape libraries
Class diagram
Activity diagram
Sequence diagram
Use case diagram
Component diagram
Object diagram
Deployment diagram
State machine diagram
Communication diagram

Lucidchart has more complete libraries and more shape libraries than anyone else.

Mind maps
Shortcut keys
Auto layout
Collapsible branches
BPMN shape library
BPMN shapes
Smart styling

Lucidchart has more complete libraries and more shape libraries than anyone else.

Other shape libraries
ER diagrams
AWS Architecture
Circuit diagrams
Data flow
Geometric shapes
iPad mockups
Android mockups
Org charts
UI mockups
Venn diagrams
Floor plans

Lucidchart has more complete libraries and more shape libraries than anyone else.

"Lucidchart did what we needed it to do...we can very quickly and easily draw a network.”

Joshua Fruhman - Head of Deployment, Breadcrumb by Groupon

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More collaboration

Creately offers real-time collaboration but doesn't provide chat or comment functionality. With Lucidchart, you can make comments to shared documents, chat while you are working together, or even start a Google Hangout directly in the editor.

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More polished look

Lucidchart's flexible design choices and customization options come together to create clear and aesthetically pleasing diagrams. You'll see a noticeable difference between our diagrams and Creately's.

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Which program is a better value for me?

When it comes to integrations (like Confluence and JIRA), Lucidchart is more affordable because you only pay for what you use. We offer free premium licenses to students and educators. We let you pay on a monthly OR yearly basis and you can cancel your account at any time. We think our software outperforms Creately, but don't take our word for it: Start a risk-free trial today and see the difference for yourself!

  • Lucid Features


    At Lucidchart, we value your privacy and the sensitive nature of your documents. Regardless of your account level, Lucidchart does not make any of your documents publicly available by default.

  • Lucid Features

    Better libraries

    We have many libraries that Creately is missing like AWS architecture and process engineering. Lucidchart's libraries also generally include more shapes and sub-sections.

  • Lucid Features

    Customized themes

    Lucidchart can apply Smart Themes to your flowchart with one click. You can also customize and apply your own theme and style options. No other diagramming product in our space offers this feature. Creately lacks this feature.

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    Interactive wireframes

    Lucidchart makes it easy to simulate real website functionality. Switching to demo mode allows you to show clients both the appearance and the interactivity of their future website or application.

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