freeplane(1) Program for working with Mind Maps.


freeplane [-X menukey] [-S] [-N] [-h] [-U] [--help] [file1] [file2] [...]



is a free and open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. The core of the software is tools for mind mapping (also known as concept mapping or information mapping) and using mapped information.

Occupying the middle ground between an editor and a diagramming tool, Freeplane allows the user to add content as quickly and naturally as they would in a text editor, yet producing structured content that can be manipulated as easily as a diagram.

Features include ordering ideas in nodes and freely positionable nodes, connecting nodes, automatic/conditional styles, scripting, add-ons, LaTeX, search/filtering, different export features, printing, password protection of nodes/maps and more.

See for a full list of applications and features.

This manual page was written for the Debian(TM) distribution because the original program does not have a manual page. Instead, it has documentation in the Help menu and the Freeplane wiki (


-X menukey

execute menu item with key menukey. Use devtools add-on to find the menu keys


stop after executing menu items


set the 'nonInteractive' system property to 'true'

-U userdir

set the freeplane user config directory

-h --help

Show summary of options.

You can find more detailed descriptions of all command line options and environment variables as well as help for batch execution commands (-X/-S/-N) in the Wiki page:



Set Java Properties, e.g. set the freeplane user config directory: JAVA_OPTS=-Dorg.freeplane.userfpdir=$HOME/.myfp freeplane


Start Freeplane in debug mode (if you have problems starting): DEBUG=true freeplane


Docking windows

You can rearrange and (un-)dock Mindmap windows.

LaTeX integration

You can make use of LaTeX formulas within each node by using a \latex prefix or by setting Format=LaTeX. Automatic linebreaks as well as syntax highlighting is supported. Read more here:

Openstreetmap integration

You can associate a geographical location with a node. See more information in the wiki:

Scripting and Add-on improvements

See the list of available add-ons:

If you want to get started developing add-ons, post in the forum:

Many more improvements...

Please see the changelog at /usr/share/doc/freeplane/changelog.gz.


• There are rendering issues (probably due to OpenJDK), i.e. distortions when scrolling horizontally or vertically. Possible workarounds are described on a wiki page:

• Sometimes keypresses get lost when running ibus-daemon:

• The Debian package does not include the signed applet code. That's why m[blue]most applets won't runm[][1] after creating an applet export from the Debian package. You can ask for the signed applet in the open discussion forum:

• The Freeplane flash export has been excluded, because Debian devs (among them the flash compiler package maintainer) prefer free technologies. You can ask for the 'freeplane-flash-browser' deb in the open discussion forum:


This manual page was written by Eric Lavarde <[email protected]> for the Debian(TM) system (and may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2.


Eric Lavarde <[email protected]>


Felix Natter <[email protected]>



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