How to Install Yed Graph Editor (Block Diagram Maker) In Ubuntu – A Free Visio Alternative for Linux

In this article we are going to learn How to install yed graph editor (block diagram maker) in Ubuntu . Yed is a open source diagran creator software and a free visio alternative developed by yWorks GmbH using Java programming language and released under Freeware license. It’s an nice light weight application and consumes less memory even if you are creating large diagrams or editing large diagrams.

Now let’s have a look at features of yed graph editor (block diagram maker) :

  • It’s an cross platform application available for major operating systems i.e. Linux, Microsoft Windows, MacOS.
  • Yed graph editor can be used to create different type of diagrams i.e. Circuit diagrams, block diagrams, network diagrams, flowcharts…etc…
  • The application is designed such a way that you can easily create diagrams.
  • You can import your data in to the application from different file formats like .xml, excel.
  • Can design different kind of graphics i.e. Vector Graphic & Bitmap graphic.
  • Yed graph editor free visio alternative can export designed graphics in different file formats i.e. pdf, jpg, swf, png, etc.

For more information & features of yed graph editor you can visit the official website .

How to Install Yed Graph Editor (Block Diagram Maker) In Ubuntu – A Free Visio Alternative for Linux

Follow the below steps to install yed graph editor (block diagram maker) in Ubuntu – A free visio alternative for Linux:

Before start the installation of yed graph editor (block diagram maker) let’s update the packages & repositories of Ubuntu using below command.

                      [email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update   
                        # Update Packages & Repositories
Hit:1 stable InRelease                                                                                                       
Hit:2 xenial InRelease                                                                                             
Hit:3 xenial-security InRelease                                  
Hit:4 xenial InRelease               
Hit:5 xenial-updates InRelease
Hit:6 xenial-backports InRelease
Reading package lists... Done


After updating the packages & repositories now we have to download the yed free visio alternative installation script from official website. So use the below command to download the same.

                      [email protected]:~$ wget   
                        # Download the Package
--2018-01-15 08:07:00--
Resolving (, 2001:8d8:100f:f000::217
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 90078546 (86M) [application/x-sh]
Saving to: ‘’                 100%[=====================================================================================>]  85.91M   553KB/s    in 2m 30s  

2018-01-15 08:09:30 (588 KB/s) - ‘’ saved [90078546/90078546]


As you can see below I have already downloaded the yed graph editor package but it doesn’t have execute permission. Without execute permission we can’t install it.

                      [email protected]:~$ ls -l  
                        # Downloaded Package
-rw-rw-r-- 1 itsmarttricks itsmarttricks 90078546 Nov 24 02:01


To give execute permission to the downloaded package use the below command.

                      [email protected]:~$ chmod +x   
                        # Give execute permission 


Now use the below command to start the installation of yed free visio alternative app.

                      [email protected]:~$ sudo ./  
                        # Start the Installation

After run the above command the yed graph editor (block diagram maker) installation wizard will get start.

  • just click on  Next .
  • Accept the license agreement.
  • Now you can set the installation directory for yed free visio alternative. Here I am going with the default path. So click on  Next .
  • The below step will create Symlinks for binary files. Click on  Next .
  • Tick on create a desktop icon and the click on  Next .
  • Click on  Finish  to complete the yed graph editor (block diagram maker) package installation.
  • We have successfully completed the Yed app installation. Now use the below command to open the yed free visio alternative app.
                      [email protected]:~$ yEd   
                        # Open the Application

You can also open the application graphically using Search your computer box.

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