Free Online Flowchart Maker

Make flowcharts easily with SmartDraw's flowchart software

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The Easy Choice for Creating Flowcharts Online

Easy to Use

Making any type of flowchart is easy and intuitive with SmartDraw. You start by picking one of the flowchart templates included and add steps in just a few clicks. SmartDraw aligns everything automatically so you don't have to worry about formatting, rearranging, or reconnecting steps.

Easy to Work With Other Apps

SmartDraw is easy to work with no matter what other apps you use. You can add flowcharts to:

  • Microsoft Office®
    • Word®
    • PowerPoint®
    • Excel®
  • Microsoft Teams®
  • Google Workspace
    • Google Docs
    • Google Sheets
  • Atlassian apps
    • Confluence
    • Jira

Easy to Save to Your Existing Storage Solution

SmartDraw works hand in glove with most file storage systems. You can save your files directly to:

  • SharePoint®
  • OneDrive®
  • Google Drive
  • DropBox®
  • Box®

There is no need to create a parallel set of common folders and permissions, SmartDraw can just save files directly into your existing set up. You can spend less time managing software and more time on making flowcharts.

Easy to Do More

SmartDraw makes it easy to add complexity to any flowchart.

It's easy to add swimlanes to your flowcharts to help clarify responsibilities and identify gaps or redundancies in your processes.

It's also easy to add data to your flowchart shapes so you can identify process owners and costs.

Easy to Do More with Flowcharts

Easy to Share

Share your diagram with anyone, even if they don't own a copy of SmartDraw, with a link. You can also easily export any diagram as a PDF or common image formats like PNG or SVG.

Easy to Share

Easy to Get Help

Have a question? Call, chat or email us. SmartDraw support is in-house and free!

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Easy to Collaborate

SmartDraw makes it easy to work with your team to document processes. You can save your flowchart to a shared folder or send anyone a link. Your team can easily share comments and feedback.

SmartDraw also works where you already communicate with you team. You can collaborate on flowcharts in Microsoft Teams®, Slack or Confluence.

SmartDraw fits right in with your existing workflows so you can plan, design, and discuss processes and your team stays on the same page.

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Our Flowchart Maker Features

  • Professional flowchart templates
  • Every flowchart symbol you need
  • Easy interface and tools
  • Powerful swimlane options
  • Powerful shape data
  • Ability to add sub-processes
  • Easy collaboration and sharing
  • Works with Google Workspace
  • Works with Microsoft Office®
  • Works with Microsoft Teams®
  • App for Confluence® and Jira®
  • Works with 3rd party storage providers

How to Make Your Flowchart Online

Step 1

Determine What Process to Document with Stakeholders

It may seem obvious, but deciding what process you're visualizing is a crucial first step. If you make your subject matter something too broad, your flowchart will become too complicated and difficult to understand. You should start by defining a clear start and end point.

It's important to create a box around a key process that you want to examine so you can gather the critical steps in a timely fashion. For example, a flowchart for making a burger could begin by farmers raising cows, wheat and tomatoes, or you could assume that's not important to what you want to illustrate and focus on the parts relevant to the reason you're making a flowchart.

Step 2

Start with a Flowchart Template

SmartDraw includes flowchart templates to put all the relevant flowchart symbols and tools at your fingertips. These templates make it easy to add symbols and shapes, add swimlanes, split or join paths, and more.

Need more inspiration? There are dozens of flowchart examples you can customize. You can make yes/no flowcharts, process models, decision flows and more.

Step 3

Map Out the Big Steps in Your Process

Most flowcharts are read left to right or top to bottom, so add your first step in the top left corner of your workspace and add other key steps in order to map out your process in broad strokes.

Step 4

Add More Details and Decisions

Fill in key details and connect them to your main steps. You can drag and drop flowchart symbols, use easy line draw, or use SmartDraw's intelligent formatting to add the right shapes in just a click.

For example, SmartDraw helps you automatically format any flowchart symbol into a decision if more than one step is connected to it.

Read our full tutorial on how to make a flowchart.

Step 5

Step Through Your Entire Process

Make sure you didn't miss anything by reading through every step at least once.

Step 6

Make Your Flowchart Look Professional

Apply a theme with a coordinating color scheme so your work looks professional and fits your vision. Consider using color to designate specific steps in the process to make your flowchart easier to read.

Step 7

Share Your Flowchart for Feedback

Share your flowchart with your team and work together to optimize your process. SmartDraw's collaboration features make it easy to share and add feedback and comments.

Step 8

Embed Your Flowchart in Other Apps

Once your flowchart is built you can insert it directly to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and more.

SmartDraw also has apps to integrate with Atlassian's Confluence and Jira. You can easily make a flowchart and share it in your Confluence documentation or attach a process flow to a Jira issue.

Why SmartDraw is the Best Flowchart Maker

SmartDraw's flowchart software is the easiest way to make any type of flowchart or diagram representing a process. You start by picking one of the flow chart templates included and add steps in just a few clicks. Our flowchart maker aligns everything automatically so you don't have to worry about formatting, rearranging, or reconnecting steps.

What is a Flowchart?

A flowchart uses shapes connected by lines to show the steps in a process. By visualizing the process, a flowchart can quickly help identify bottlenecks or inefficiencies where the process can be streamlined or improved.

A flowchart template in SmartDraw helps you make flowcharts by docking the right flowchart symbol library and flowchart tools at your fingertips. When you start with a template, you'll be able to add a process step in just a click or create a decision point just as easily.

Types of flowcharts you can make with SmartDraw's flowchart maker:

  • Basic flowcharts
  • Yes/no flowcharts
  • Swimlane diagrams
  • Decision flows
  • Process models
  • And more

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Flowcharting

What is a Flowchart?

A flowchart is a visual representation of the sequence of steps and decisions needed to perform a process. Learn more about flowcharts.

What are flowchart symbols?

Flowcharts consist of a few common geometric shapes representing different steps in a process like start, ends, and decisions. The most common shape is a rectangle used to show a single action or operation. Learn more about flowchart symbols.

Flowchart types

Flowchart types include swimlane flowcharts, workflows, data flow diagrams, SDL diagrams, EPC diagrams, and more. See all flowchart types.

How to make a flowchart tutorial

A good flowchart should communicate a process clearly and effectively. You can make a flowchart in a few simple steps. Learn how to make a flowchart.

Flowchart templates

SmartDraw comes with dozens of built-in flowchart templates. Browse the templates and start customizing them immediately. See more flowchart templates.

How to make a flowchart in Word

Make flow charts using SmartDraw's templates and insert them into Word® and other Microsoft Office® apps. Learn how to add flowcharts to Word®.

What are Flowchart Symbols?

As we mentioned above, flowcharts use special shapes to represent different types of actions or steps in a process. Your basic SmartDraw flowchart template will already have a pill shaped symbol on it to represent the start of your flowchart. The common rectangle shape represents a step in the process. Some of the common symbols and their meanings is listed below:

Common Flowchart Symbols

  • Rectangle Shape - Represents a process
  • Oval or Pill Shape - Represents the start or end
  • Diamond Shape - Represents a decision
  • Parallelogram - Represents input/output

You can learn more about flowchart symbols on this page.

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