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Diagrams can help to illustrate complex concepts, connections and dependencies, but Confluence offers no diagramming functionality out-of-the-box. There are a number of add-ons in the Atlassian Marketplace that allow you to create and edit diagrams. This page presents a comparison of the functionality of the top three diagramming add-ons available from the Atlassian marketplace.
    

Reviews & Releases

While Gliffy is the oldest diagramming add-on in the Atlassian environmentdraw.io has been the highest rated in the Atlassian Marketplace since 2013. Both products are being actively developed and are free to test from the Atlassian marketplace.

Revision handling

One of the advantages of Confluence is that its revision history supports audits: each version of a page has a revision created and stored, these revisions can be compared with other versions, and an earlier version can be restored, if required. There are many scenarios in which this functionality is useful, or even necessary. draw.io supports full version control integrated with Confluence’s version history. This makes it possible to perform change auditing of business procedures represented by draw.io diagrams, which makes your certification process easier. Gliffy and Lucidchart only have rudimentary version control within the diagram itself (not integrated with the version history in Confluence).

Product update frequency

draw.io online is developed as an Agile application, with releases of the online product up to 4 times daily. draw.io for Confluence has longer release cycles for extra stability, but still is the most frequently updated add-on of the three. Gliffy, in contrast, has only been updated 5 times in 2016 to date.

Conclusion

You can create professional diagrams in Confluence with Gliffy, Lucidchart and draw.io, all of the editors are mature and well featured. The key to a quality diagramming add-on in Confluence is the level to which it is integrated, the extent to which the add-on behaves as you expect Confluence to behave and follow the same key flows, like full revision control.

If you are searching for a professional diagramming solution, that is integrated directly into Confluence server, we provide you with the opportunity to easily evaluate Gliffy, Lucidchart and draw.io in a Confluence test system. Just contact us!

Comparison overview (Server)

Click here for draw.io for Confluence Cloud

 

Feature
draw.io
Gliffy
Lucidchart OnPrem
Custom Libraries(tick)(tick)(tick)
Visio Import(tick)(tick)(tick)
Visio Export(tick)(error)(tick)
Multiple pages(tick)(error)(tick)
Touch Devices(tick)(error)(tick)
Automatic Layout(tick)(error)(error)
Metadata(tick)(error)(tick)
Interface Customization(tick)(error)(error)
Full Revision Handling (ISO 9001 support)(tick)(error)(error)
PDF Export(tick)(error)(tick)
Cost for 500 users (USD)3,5006,0006,400
Accessibility(tick)(error)(error)

Plugins / Extensibility

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Works with Confluence backup/restore cycle

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Commercial-Friendly License(tick)(error)(tick)
Extensive Stencil Set(tick)(error)(tick)
Top Rated Plugin(tick)(error)(error)
Free Online / Desktop App(tick)(error)(error)
Portable / Open Source(tick)(error)(error)
Free JIRA plugin(tick)(error)(error)
No stats sent externally(tick)(error)(tick)


 

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