Brandon Hyman
Brandon HymanUX Designer, Hulu

What's the best text-based flowchart/diagraming tool?

I'm looking for a text-based way of generating flowcharts. I know there are a lot of options that involve dragging around boxes and resizing things, but looking https://knsv.github.io/mermaid/ but with better ability to customize and easier syntax. Something that uses Javascript would be great.
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    Draw.io

    Create and share diagrams easily

    Vishnuᅟ ᅠ
    Vishnuᅟ ᅠEngineer,Developer,Traveller · Written
    Its Open source, User friendly , Easy to customize and yes no signup required😊!
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    Franco Laiuppa
    Franco LaiuppaDevops / PM / Developer · Written
    And you can also save to Google Drive and restore later! Superb
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    Brandon Hyman
    Brandon HymanUX Designer, Hulu · Written
    This is not really what I'm looking for. I don't see the value of this tool over a template in sketch or illustrator. I'm looking more for something that will auto-generate the shapes based on text inputs.
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    Lucidchart

    Easily draw diagrams & collaborate with others online

    Justin Mitchell
    Justin Mitchell9I help startups at SoFriendly.com · Written
    Lucidchart is without a doubt the best in my opinion. It's fast, simple, complicated when you need it to be, and supports full collaboration and sharing.
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    Jeremy Bauer
    Jeremy BauerWriter + Arts Instructional Designer · Written
    This one's pretty easy to use. It also has tons of integrations—Slack, G Suite, Box, Microsoft Office Suite, Dropbox, Jira, etc— and has mobile apps. I've mainly used it to map stories for writing projects, bit it's a pretty robust tool with a lot of different use cases.
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    Definitely Lucidchart, has been around for years. Tons of features, works well/easy to use. Can't go wrong here.
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    • ra.v.g
      ra.v.ggrinder

      I'm using Lucidchart to create figures (system architectures, concepts) for professional technical documentation (aerospace sector).

  3. Shantanu Raghav
    Shantanu RaghavProduct Guy @Mobiefit · Written
    Amazing tool to create quick flowcharts. dragging & resizing is possible but it beautifully rearranges everything as your map increases.
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  4. tobinharris
    tobinharrisCTO, Pocketworks Mobile Ltd · Written
    Text based language for some UML diagrams. Flow charts need improving, which is on roadmap (I'm the founder)
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    Adioma

    Infographic maker based on visual language

    Text-based flowchart creation. Steep price but powerful, flexible and most importantly - generated by text and tab spaces.
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  6. Great way to create flowcharts using only text
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