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Free Online Mind Mapping

Create, share and publish mind maps, hassle-free!

Create and share amazing mind maps

Capture ideas at the speed of thought – using a mind map maker designed to help you focus on your ideas and remove all the distractions while mindmapping.

Create unlimited mind maps for free, and store them in the cloud. Your mind maps are available everywhere, instantly, from any device.

Brainstorm, create presentations and document outlines with mind maps, and publish your ideas online and to social networks.

Why use MindMup?

MindMup is great for individual note-taking, collaborative planning, teamwork and classrooms.

  • 1 Powerful keyboard shortcuts speed up your work
  • 2 Frictionless interface helps you focus
  • 3 Convert maps easily to PDF, PowerPoint, outlines.
  • 4 Publish and share maps online
  • 5 Easily save to Google Drive and manage using Google Apps

MindMup is super-simple, lightweight, and generally a joy to use

Erez Zukerman

If you like to plan and brainstorm by creating mind maps to link together ideas, MindMup is a great browser-based program that helps you get organized with lots of features.

Shep McAllister

MindMup is the sort of app everyone dreams of finding online.

Angela Alcorn

Do more with mind maps, faster

Here are just some of the great things you can do with MindMup:

Structure writing

Use notes and attachments to quickly create a structure for an article or a writing assignment, then create a document outline and continue editing in your faviourite writing tool

Create storyboards

Use a frictionless planning canvas to capture and organise your thoughts, and then put them into a powerful storyboard to turn a hierarchy of ideas into a sequence of slides.

Post to social media

MindMup Atlas automatically adds images and contextual information to ensure that your maps show up nicely on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Plan and manage projects

Add measurements to map nodes to automatically calculate cost, completion and other important factors. Manage project progress easily with icons and priorities.

Collaborate easily

Maps saved to MindMup Cloud support concurrent editing for teams and classrooms, enabling you to instantly see updates made to your map by other users.

Attach documents

Add longer text, videos and spreadsheets to your maps. MindMup for Google Drive also allows you to link to other project documents on Google Drive easily.

Add images

Quickly add images and icons to your maps to provide context and illustrations. MindMup for Google Drive even integrates with Google Photos and Google Image Search.

Administer easily

Administrators can easily control sharing settings for the entire organisation. MindMup also integrates with Office365 and Google authentication for easy account management.

Free user

  • Unlimited number of maps
  • No account/login required
  • Save maps up to 100 KB to MindMup storage, for up to six months.
  • Save larger maps to Google Drive.
  • Export maps up to 100 KB.
  • Publish maps for up to six months.
  • Community chat help and support.

Personal Gold

USD $2.99
  • Unlimited number of maps.
  • Edit concurrently and collaborate with other Gold users.
  • Save large maps to MindMup storage.
  • Export and publish large maps.
  • Dedicated e-mail help and support.

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Organisational Gold

USD $100
  • Unlimited number of maps
  • Unlimited number of users
  • Export and publish large maps.
  • Authenticate using Office 365 or Google accounts.
  • Dedicated e-mail help and support.

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Storage options

MindMup Cloud

Free users can create public maps up to 100 KB and save them up to six months. No account or registration needed.

Gold users can create private maps, share and edit concurrently.

Google Drive

Anyone can create maps for free. Share and collaborate as with any other Google Apps document. No additional registration needed, just use your Google accounts, including Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education.

MindMup is a frictionless online mind map creator, developed by Sauf Pompiers Ltd.

Create a Mind Map and bring your thoughts to life

Organize your thoughts and present your big idea with a beautifully crafted Mind Map from Canva.

Use a mind map to organize complex ideas

Ever feel like you have too many thoughts floating around in your head? Then, mapping them out could be just what you need to brainstorm, take notes or work through complex problems. This exercise helps bring your ideas to life by creating a visual map of your thoughts so you can remember better, identify correlations, and see the big picture.

With Canva’s free online Mind Map maker, you can easily create a beautiful Mind Map design. Our team of amazing designers have created professional templates that you can quickly edit and customize. Just choose the perfect template for you, edit its elements, and start mapping your way to your next AHA! moment.

Design a Mind Map in Canva with the easy steps:

  1. Create a new Canva account to get started with your own Mind Map design.
  2. Choose a template and click on the text and images to start customizing your map.
  3. Customize details like colors and fonts.
  4. Choose from our stunning range of graph elements, like frames, shapes and lines.
  5. Save and share.

Color code your thoughts and ideas

Mind Maps can leap from topic to topic so keep your thoughts organized by color coding your design. Change a branch or text box color according to the topic they’re assigned to so you can easily find and connect interrelated ideas. Use Canva’s color palette tool to choose any color in the spectrum or type in a specific hex code.

Use images, illustrations and icons

Adding visual elements like images and illustrations can help you concentrate more because they speak to your brain’s natural language of imagery. In fact, it’s encouraged that you use an image for your central idea. Browse through Canva’s amazing media library of icons, photos, and illustrations to use on your mind map. Search from over a million stock photos and add it to your design by dragging and dropping it into the editor.

Collaborate with partners

Brainstorm with your team anywhere in the world by getting your team’s input on your Mind Map design. It’s as easy as sharing a link to an editable version of your design. Now your team can access your Mind Map and add their own edits, thoughts and ideas any time and from any desktop, laptop, iPhone, iPad or Android device. When you’re all done you can simply download your design as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file, share it on your social media, or email it directly to someone.

Connect the Dots with Mind Maps

Unlock your potential through the power of visual learning.

Mind Map Your Ideas

Visually plot complex concepts for a deeper learning experience.

Unlock Your Creativity

Connect your thoughts for maximum creativity.

Share & Discover

Share your content with others anytime, anywhere.

Better Learning

The easy way to simplify complex information.

The human brain processes visual information quicker than it does text 1 , which makes Mind Maps a fantastic study tool for learners at any level. By presenting information visually, it’s easier to understand tricky concepts and build comprehension fast.

At a glance – the benefits of online Mind Mapping:

  • Understand the context of your learning material
  • Visually represent the connections between concepts
  • Plan your projects or topics within your subjects
  • Explore concepts in greater depth and develop better recall skills

GoConqr offers you the ability to create mind maps online in a very intuitive way with our easy to use features. By developing your own mind maps you will develop a clearer understanding of your material.

Get inspired by these user generated Mind Maps

How to Create a Mind Map Online

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Insight Through Imagination

Unleash your creative side for more active learning.

Being actively involved in the learning process plays an important role in achieving successful learning outcomes. Active learners’ engagement with learning material is what sets them apart from those who simply consume content in a more passive way. Creating a mind map can help information retention by immersing yourself in the topic at hand.

However, the benefits go far beyond this. Exploring and mapping concepts using this tool allows you to connect the dots between the important concepts of a topic. Making connections is the quickest way to get a firm grasp on learning material. You can even outline a complete course or learning objective overview so that you can visualise the magnitude of the content you will cover, and keep track of your progress.

Fast-Track Your Success

Create a bird’s-eye overview of a topic in just minutes.

Mind Mapping is as intuitive as it is powerful, allowing you to break down even the most difficult of subjects and information into more assimilable, bite-size snippets. It’s also extremely time effective, enabling you to create spectacular topic overviews in a matter of minutes.

Better yet, because Mind Mapping is such a highly engaging and inventive process, it can help enrich your understanding of the material in question even while you create. Mind maps can be introduced in class to add value to lessons by illustrating the learning material, so that the student learning process is more engaging and stimulating.

Smarter Learning

Brainstorm your way to originality.

Independent thinking is a cornerstone of education and learning. GoConqr Mind Maps let you brainstorm with friends, classmates or colleagues so that you can pool together a wealth of ideas and insights on any topic you want.

Whether it’s the life and death of Martin Luther King or a understanding the fundamentals of a programming language, when you create a mind map online the connections become so much clearer! In addition, mind mapping boosts your creativity and imagination as you visualise the information and format it to create a memorable image. As you create your map, you will see how your learning material begins to make more sense.

Delve Deeper

Don’t stay on the surface — go beyond it.

GoConqr’s Mind Mapping tool not only allows you to produce clear learning content, it also lets you delve a little deeper by attaching snippets that you can fill with informative notes, pictures, video or links to other resources. You can maintain a simple visual overview while easily accessing relevant content with more depth to provide context.

Mind Maps are just one of the features that lets you create highly appealing learning material by giving you total control over visual elements such as colour, font type and size, as well as the option to include images. You can also create an online Course on GoConqr and integrate Mind Maps online for a holistic approach.

Source more material and get inspired by the 9 million learning resources in the GoConqr library.

Proven Learning Tools

GoConqr Mind Maps deliver better experiences

Your brain is a wonderfully complex thing. Research shows that it can process images 60,000 times more quickly than it does text 2 ! Who doesn’t appreciate that type of efficiency saving?

GoConqr’s Mind Map software has been helping students, teachers and professionals for more than 5 years now. Time and time again our members get in touch to tell us how much a) their retention has improved and b) how much more engaged they are with their learning with Mind Maps.

Make sure that you are using the most effective learning methods at your disposal by adding GoConqr Mind Maps to your suite of tools.

Sign up to GoConqr for free today and start creating your own mind maps online.

University of Florida

Center for Instructional Technology & Training

Information Technology

Mind Maps

Last Updated: March 13th, 2018


Mind maps are visual representations of a central topic and its relationship(s) to other themes and concepts. Mind maps blend creativity and logic and can be a helpful learning tool for many different types of learners, particularly visual, spatial, and active learners. A non-linear approach to learning and problem solving, mind maps prompt learners to think critically and to create illustrations of relationships in a visual-spatial representation. Mind maps can be utilized in a wide variety of contexts including discussions, brainstorming sessions, problem solving, concept development, analysis, and note taking.

As illustrated in the figure below, mind maps generally consist of:

  • A central node containing a word, idea, theme, or concept, often represented or accompanied by an image
  • Primary branches from the central node leading to primary nodes containing related words, ideas, themes, or concepts
  • Secondary branches from primary nodes leading to secondary nodes containing related words, ideas, themes, or concepts
  • Connector branches illustrating relationships between nodes

Because mind maps are primarily illustrations, text is often cursory and referential while color, symbols, lines, and pictures have more importance.

While most mind maps, including the basic format described above, are hierarchical, it is also possible and sometimes appropriate to create non-hierarchical mind maps. This would be the case when any related concept might be equally as relevant to the central concept, and is often the result of brainstorming sessions. Unlike traditional brainstorming sessions, mind maps are more dynamic than linear list-making.

Application to All Courses

With some creativity, mind maps can be utilized in nearly any educational context, in learning as well as in assessment.


Mind maps are useful tools for both instructors and students in the process of teaching and learning.

Teachers can use mind maps to:

  • Organize and prepare lecture notes
  • Map course content
  • Elicit and organize student responses
  • Identify gaps in student learning

Students can use mind maps to:

  • Take notes on a lecture or reading
  • Summarize and organize notes
  • Study for exams and quizzes
  • Prepare for and participate in group work
  • Work through complex problems
  • Outline content to prepare for papers and presentations
  • Illustrate content for presentations

Mind maps can be utilized to assess learning at any level. For instance:

  • Students can illustrate knowledge in a mind map that requires recall, identification, definition, and/or description of key terms and concepts in any course.
  • Students can evidence understanding in a mind map that requires descriptions and explanations of characters and themes in literature; associating evidence, data, and experiments with laws of physics; or contrasting the characteristics of major artistic movements in an art history course.
  • Students can explain evaluations in a mind map that orders, appraises, and judges arguments and evidence in a law course; that discriminates between options and summarizes significant data in a logic course; that articulates an argument, with support, in a philosophy course.
  • Students can demonstrate creation in a mind map that adapts, modifies, and rearranges previously recorded data according to new concepts in an anthropology course; that generalizes extensive datasets to a few overarching categories or concepts in a sociology course; that illustrates a complex hypothesis, along with variables and constants, in a chemistry course.

Getting Started

Best Practices

When using mind maps, or assigning them to students, emphasize that brevity is a virtue, and take advantage of their visual dynamism.

  • Text should be limited to simple phrases or single words
  • Use icons and images where appropriate
  • Use color and/or styles (strong, weak, or dashed lines, for instance) to represent different relationships

Always consider the desired outcome of your use of mind maps and anticipate where students may encounter challenges. Align learning objectives with assessments and activities and remember not to use a tool “for fun” or simply to utilize a different technology.


Tools for creating, sharing, and presenting mind maps vary in complexity, with different user interfaces and options for styles, size, and collaboration. Keep in mind that more complex tools will require more training for both instructors and students than simpler tools. The complexity of the tool should reflect both what is required to successfully complete the assignment and how often students will utilize the tool, which will affect their level of comfort, familiarity, and competency.

Additional Resources

General Resources
  • Deshatty, Deepali D. and Varsha Mokashi. 2013. Mind Map as Learning Tool in Anatomy. International Journal of Anatomy and Research 01(2):100-103.
  • Edwards, Sarah and Nick Cooper. 2010. Mind mapping as a teaching resource. The Clinical Teacher 7:236-239.
  • Kedaj,Petr, Josef Pavlíček, and Petr Hanzlík. Effective Mind Maps in E-learning. Acta Informatica Pragensia 3(3):239-250.
  • Noonan, Maria. 2012. Mind maps: Enhancing midwifery education. Nurse Education Today 33(8):847-852.
  • Remington, Kaye and Julien Pollack. 2007. Tools for Complex Projects. Gower Publishing Limited, Burlington Vermont.
  • Tungprapa, T. 2015. Effect of Using the Electronic Mind Map in the Educational Research Methodology Course for Master-Degree Students in the Faculty of Education. International Journal of Information and Education Technology 5(11):803-807.
  • Wright, Jennifer. 2006. Teaching and Assessing Mind Maps. Per Linguam: A Journal for Language Learning 22(1):23-38.
  • Zipp, Genevieve Pinto. 2011. Using Mind Maps as a Teaching and Learning Tool to Promote Student Engagement.Faculty Focus: Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications. September 7.
Accessibility Resources
  • Berg, Jesse. 2011. Mind Mapping for Vision Impaired. YouTube.
  • Mind mapping for people who are blind. Information Tamers.

Accessibility Statement

Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.

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Share and Fork

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Custom Backgrounds

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Map almost any content

Use different content boxes to effectively organize and visualize information

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Organize your information in many ways using the different boxes inside InfoBox

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Use Boxes to organize your map

Organize your information with MindMap’s InfoBox which can be customized by adding rich text editor, website summary, todo-list and comment box.

Visualize your ideas

You can customize the size, color of each individual InfoBoxes to better visualize your ideas and thoughts. Every single connectors is also highly customizable

Simple UI

Easy to use, easy to navigate. Effortlessly create complex maps. Mind mapping at its simplest without compromising on features.