How to Import Lucidchart Diagrams

You can easily import Lucidchart documents into SmartDraw in a few easy steps. And it's just as fast and simple to import one, multiple or all of your Lucidchart files at the same time. SmartDraw's import will also reproduce your Lucidchart folder tree if you have one and you can select to import your files to specific SmartDraw folders or choose one of the third party storage services SmartDraw supports like Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox. If you're thinking of switching away from Lucidchart but are worried about leaving all your documents behind, SmartDraw has the solution. Let's walk through moving your documents over to SmartDraw.

Import Lucidchart Diagrams and Folders As an Individual

Step 1: Login to Lucidchart and SmartDraw

Open Chrome (or Microsoft Edge) and login to both your Lucidchart and SmartDraw accounts in two separate tabs.

In SmartDraw, find the Import section on the left side of your template browser and click on Lucidchart File.

Import Lucidchart files

Step 2: Install the SmartDraw File Helper App

You'll be prompted to add the SmartDraw File Helper Chrome extension to your Chrome browser. This also works in Microsoft Edge, just click the blue bar at the top that says Allow extensions from other stores. Once you've done that, SmartDraw will be ready to retrieve your Lucidchart documents.

SmartDraw File Helper

Once the SmartDraw File Helper extension is installed, click Import Lucidchart File again while you're also logged into Lucidchart in a separate browser tab. SmartDraw will spend some time retrieving your account info to display a list of files and folders available to import.

Retrieving files

Step 3: Select the Destination Folder for Your Files

SmartDraw will retrieve a list of all your Lucidchart documents and folders and display them in a dialog.

By default, files will be imported into the root of your SmartDraw account.

SmartDraw gives you the option to choose a different destination if you want.

Click on Select Destination Folder at the top of the dialog and you'll be able to select a different folder.

Select destination folder

You can also choose to import directly to a linked third party storage option like Google Drive or OneDrive®.

Choose a third party storage option

Step 4: Choose the Files You Want to Import

Once you selected both your destination folder and the files you want to import, click Import Selected Files.

Import selected Lucidchart files

SmartDraw will convert your Lucidchart files and move them to your selected folder. If you didn't select a folder, your files will be at the root level and any folders you chose to import will appear as they were in Lucidchart. It's that easy.

Import selected Lucidchart files

Import Lucidchart Diagrams For Your Entire Organization

The steps above describe importing Lucidchart documents each individual has access to. To migrate your entire organization, you could ask everyone to follow the steps outlined above to move their own documents over.

As an administrator, you can do the migration for your entire team by following these steps:

Step 1: Have Users Move Their Documents to Shared Folders

In Lucidchart, have your team move all the documents they want to migrate into a folder named after their user name so it can easily be tied back to them. Next, make sure they share that folder with you, the administrator.

Have users create shared folders of their documents

You now have access to move everyone's files and folders through your admin account.

You should now have acces

Step 2: Import All Lucidchart Files from User Shared Folders

If your team has shared their files with you using shared folders, you can now import all their documents in one go. Simply, select the folders that your users shared with you and click Import Selected Files.

SmartDraw will recreate your entire folder structure in SmartDraw. This is the fastest way to move over everyone's files and folders.

If you want to recreate your entire folder structure in a third-party storage option like Google Drive or OneDrive, click the Select Destination Folder button at the top of the dialog and choose a linked third party storage option. Your folder tree will be imported and recreated at that destination instead of the SmartDraw root.

Import all folders and files from Lucidchart

Step 3: Share Folders with the Original Users

Share the imported folders with their original owners by right-clicking on each folder and choosing Share.

Share everyone's folders

In the share dialog that comes up, make sure you set the permissions to View and Edit in the drop-down menu and copy the link to share via email or your organization's chat app.

Share everyone's folders

Import From Group Shared Folders

If your organization already stores all its diagrams in shared folders and users don't have any private files, you can skip the step of making users create shared folders and then redistributing those folders after migration.

Step 1: Create Matching Shared Folders in SmartDraw

In this scenario, we assume your organization has shared folders that correspond to teams and departments. For example, you may have a Development folder, an IT folder, a Sales folder, and so on.

As an administrator, you can create these folders in SmartDraw and share them with the appropriate groups.

Login to your account and click on Shared Folders in the left panel.

Click the Add Folder under Actions and create the folders that match your current Lucidchart structure.

Once your folders are created you can assign permissions and share them with the appropriate SSO groups.

Click here to learn more about creating shared folders.

Manage shared folder permissions

Step 2: Import Your Lucidchart Folders

Follow the steps outlined at the top of this page to import all your Lucidchart files and folders. You can choose which folder from Lucidchart goes to which folder in SmartDraw. Or you can simply select all your Lucidchart folders and SmartDraw will automatically move the files from each folder to the corresponding SmartDraw folder.

You don't have to do anything else. The files are now automatically shared in SmartDraw using the permissions you set up.

Import Shared Folders

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