Timeline maker

Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines diagramming, data visualization, and collaboration to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. 

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Lucidchart does more than your average timeline generator

  • Visualize project management processes

    Visualize project management processes

    A timeline is a simple yet powerful diagram whether you’re delivering a company update or hosting a project kickoff meeting. Leverage Lucidchart’s timeline generator to create simple and compelling visuals that give context to projects and events in the past and future. Project managers who become timeline creators can easily manage project pacing and milestones from inception to completion while keeping teams and stakeholders up to date.

  • Stack and modify timelines

    Stack and modify timelines

    Stack your timelines to collaborate and communicate during cross-functional projects in real time using Lucidchart’s free timeline maker feature. Duplicate the timelines using copy and paste to ensure the start and finish dates are aligned for each project or team so you can better manage dependencies and progress in one central location. From there, you can differentiate the timeline elements on each timeline using different colors and text modifications.

  • Apply the timeline elements and shapes library

    Apply the timeline elements and shapes library

    The Lucidchart online timeline creator contains three elements—milestone markers, intervals, and the line or block. Add these to your shapes library and drag them to your canvas, or simply select a timeline from the templates library. Use the editor to select start and finish dates and their format while Lucidchart auto-populates the dates between. Your intervals and milestones will snap into place and the timeline auto-updates when you move elements or change your time measurements or dates.

  • Take it to education

    Take it to education

    Graphical representations strengthen learning strategies and enhance comprehension. By using a timeline generator, students and teachers can quickly organize complex information and chapters worth of text into a concept or chain of events they can actually see and make sense of. Whether linear timelines are used as teaching materials or are student-made, they help learners remember the chronological ordering of historical events, while simultaneously helping to grasp long-term change and cause and effect.

How to get started with the timeline maker in Lucidchart


Gather and sort historical data by earliest dates

Start with the earliest date in your timeline and end with the last date to reflect a project deadline or turn of events.


Select the timeline shape and drag it onto the canvas

Choose either a large block or a thin line, stretched as wide as you’d like. You can toggle between blocks or lines in the editor.


Mark dates on your timeline that visualizes your measurements and frame of time

Depending on your topic, your timeline may reflect years, months, weeks, or possibly even hours and minutes.


Add milestones and intervals on your timeline to reflect significant events or spans of time.

Intervals will remain on the line, but you can lengthen your milestone markers to stagger them as you add text.


Title and share your timeline

Export your timeline to a variety of file formats, embed it in a wiki, or generate a URL to share via email or in popular apps such as Slack, Jira, or Confluence.

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Frequently asked questions about using Lucidchart as a timeline maker

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timeline template

Timeline Template