Lucidchart vs. Creately: A Comparison

Lucidchart and Creately are both popular web-based diagramming tools. Lucidchart has greater ease of use and a more robust toolset for professional and enterprise users. This comparison sheet clarifies the differences between our products and highlights why we personally believe Lucidchart is the superior diagramming solution.

Visio Support
Import .vsd files
Import .vssx files
Import .vsdx files
Import .vdx files
Import stencils
Import Gliffy files
Real-time collaboration
Publish webpage
In-editor chat
Share with collaborators
Embeddable diagrams
Smart Themes
Share as image
Publish PDF
Community sharing
Social media sharing
G Suite
Google Drive
Microsoft Office 2013 Beta
Desktop version
Export options
Visio (.vdx)
Google Drive
UML shape libraries
Class diagram
Activity diagram
Sequence diagram
Use case diagram
Component diagram
Object diagram
Deployment diagram
State machine diagram
Communication diagram
Mind maps
Shortcut keys
Auto layout
Collapsible branches
BPMN shape library
BPMN shapes
Smart styling
Other shape libraries
ER diagrams
AWS Architecture
Process Engineering
Data flow
Geometric shapes
iPad mockups
iPhone mockups
Android mockups
Org charts
UI mockups
Venn diagrams
Value Stream Mapping
Circuit diagrams
Floor plans
Creately only offers Visio import (not export) and does not support all Visio file types.
Lucidchart allows you to easily work on your projects in a team environment. Creately has fewer options for sharing and collaborating.
Lucidchart integrates with more vendors and only charges you once per account, no matter how many integrations an account uses.
Lucidchart supports useful business integrations.
Lucidchart's shape libraries are smarter and simpler to manage.

Customer reviews

I review a lot of software and apps; that means it’s hard to impress me. But Lucidchart has succeeded in doing so, with its emphasis on helping users to produce professional-looking diagrams quickly and easily, with intuitive functionality that lets users get common tasks done with a minimum number of clicks. More than once, while I was working with it, I found myself smiling and saying, ‘Wow—that’s cool!’
As you know, I never ever ever publish anything from vendors, but I just really like Lucidchart and appreciate that they are giving educators and students this amazing tool for

Professional design

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.

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.

Interactive wireframes

Lucidchart makes it easy to illustrate real website functionality with interactive wireframes. Switch to demo mode and show your clients their site or apps new appearance and interactivity options.

Superior diagramming


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.

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.

Better libraries

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

Which program is a better value for me?

  • Lucidchart is more affordable when it comes to integrations (like Confluence and JIRA), because you pay only for what you need.
  • We offer free premium licenses to all students and educators.
  • Creately limits personal accounts to only 5 collaborators. With Lucidchart, collaboration is free for an unlimited number of users.

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!