Lucidchart vs. Gliffy: A Comparison

Lucidchart and Gliffy are two of the most popular diagramming tools online. At first glance they seem pretty similar—they both have a wide range of applications, offer free trials, and have a loyal following. This comparison clarifies the differences between the products and highlights why we believe Lucidchart is the superior diagramming solution.

Real-time collaboration
Publish webpage
Share with collaborators
JS embed code
Share as image
Publish PDF
Community sharing
Social media sharing
Google Apps
Google Drive
Microsoft Office 2013 Beta
Export options
Visio (.vdx)
Google Drive
Visio Support
Import .vsd files
Import .vdx files
Export as .vdx files
Import stencils
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
Connecting objects
Other shape libraries
ER diagrams
AWS Architecture
Cisco Network icons
Data flow
Geometric shapes
iPad mockups
iPhone mockups
Android mockups
Org charts
UI mockups
Venn diagrams
Floor plans
Lucidchart allows you to easily work on your projects in a team environment. We offer real-time collaboration in addition to in-editor chat and commenting. Gliffy does not.
Lucidchart integrates with more vendors and only charges you once per account, no matter how many integrations an account uses. Gliffy charges for each integration.
Lucidchart allows you to export a partial selection of a document.
Lucidchart supports more Visio elements than any of our competitors.
Lucidchart has more complete libraries and more shape libraries than anyone else.

Customer reviews and comparisons across the web

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"All told, I'm very satisfied with [Lucidchart] and highly recommend it. Gliffy isn't a horrible product and I'm sure [it] might find a niche in large corporations that don't use Visio already and are stuck using IE. If you MUST use Internet Explorer then Gliffy is your solution, otherwise [...] use [Lucidchart]."


"Gliffy is a very solid product, and it's priced fairly for what you get. In my opinion, Gliffy is definitely a better product than Microsoft Visio, but it's definitely not as good as Lucidchart."


"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 free."


Innovating at the speed of Lucidchart

At Lucidchart, innovation is at our core and we move very quickly to deliver the highest value to our customers. Here is a comparative list of product updates for Lucidchart and Gliffy for 2012.


  • Visio stencil support (details)
  • Integration with Microsoft Word (details)
  • Box integration (details)
  • Migration to Zendesk support platform (details)
  • Improved BPMN shape functionality (details)
  • Added AWS shape library (details)
  • Expanded UML library (details)
  • Improved image manager (details)
  • Improved layer manager (details)
  • Added subscripts / superscripts (details)
  • Added in-editor comments (details)
  • Confluence integration (details)
  • Custom shape library functionality (details)
  • Jive integration (details)
  • Google Drive integration (details)
  • Native Visio import (details)
  • Quick key mind mapping functionality (details)
  • Modify line style for shapes (details)
  • Google App user management (details)
  • Complete editor redesign (details)
  • JIRA integration (details)
  • Improved wireframe functionality (details)



  • Word 2013 integration (details)
  • Gliffy Confluence plugin (details)
  • Migration from Flash to HTML5 (details)


Professionalism of Design

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Customized Themes

With Lucidchart, you can create consistent themes by picking a desired look and then applying it to every shape that you drag out. This saves you time and headaches. Gliffy lacks this feature.

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More Polished Look

Lucidchart's vibrant colors and gradient options give you more design flexibility and clean, professional-looking charts. Compare our diagrams with Gliffy's and you will see a clear difference.

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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. Gliffy does not offer a demo mode.

Superior Diagramming Experience


If you have a free account with Gliffy, all of your documents are publicly available for anyone to view. 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 without permission.

More Collaboration

Lucidchart offers real-time collaboration, which means that you and your co-workers or clients can work on diagrams together at the same time and see each other's changes instantly. You can also chat within Lucidchart as you work and leave notes and comments for others. With Gliffy, you are required to work at separate times and communicate through email or another system, rather than in the application itself.

Better Libraries

We have many libraries that Gliffy lacks: iPad/iPod mockups, wireframes, and Cisco and AWS networking. Lucidchart's libraries offer more extensive shapes and sub-sections.

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. If you have 500 users on your team, but only 50 are creating and editing diagrams, just pay for 50 users!

At Lucidchart, we believe in education and put our money where our mouth is by offering free licenses to students and educators. To date, we have given away over 1 million educational licenses. We also offer reduced pricing to nonprofit organizations.

Lucidchart was built on open web standards from the very beginning, and it shows. It took Gliffy nearly 6 years to introduce an HTML5-based editor, and in many ways they are still playing catch up. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and we are constantly building up our product to make it faster, more reliable, and easier to use.

We think our software outperforms Gliffy, but don't take our word for it: Start a risk-free trial today and see the difference for yourself!