Lucidchart vs. Gliffy

Lucidchart and Gliffy are two of the most popular diagramming tools online. Here’s why we believe Lucidchart is the superior diagramming solution.

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A full-featured Gliffy alternative

Real-time collaboration 

Lucidchart allows you to easily work on your projects in a team environment.

Publish webpage 
Share with collaborators 
JS embed code  
Share as image 
Publish PDF  
Community sharing 
Social media sharing  
Google Apps

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

Google Drive  
Microsoft Office 2013 
Export options   
Visio (.vdx) 

Lucidchart allows you to export a partial selection of a document.

Google Drive  
Visio Support   
Import .vsd files (.vdx) 

Lucidchart supports more Visio elements than any of our competitors.

Import .vdx files 
Export as .vdx files  
Import stencils  
UML shape libraries   
Class diagram

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

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   

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

Connecting objects 
Other Shape Libraries   

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

ER diagrams 
Network diagrams 
Circuit diagrams  
Data flow  
Geometric shapes 
iPad mockups  
Android mockups  
Org charts 
UI mockups 
Venn diagrams 
Floor plans 

Gliffy import

Want to make the change to Lucidchart, but worried about losing your old Gliffy documents? Lucidchart now offers Gliffy import. Simply choose File > Import > Gliffy from the top menu bar to seamlessly upload your documents into our editor. You'll then be able to edit them with all of Lucidchart's unique advantages, outlined below.

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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.

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

  • Privacy

    If you have a free account with Gliffy, all of your documents are available for anyone to view. Regardless of your account level, Lucidchart won't make your documents publicly available without permission.

  • 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.

  • Better libraries

    We have many libraries that Gliffy lacks, such as mockups for iOS 7, iPad, and Android devices. Lucidchart's libraries offer more extensive shapes and sub-sections.

  • 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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