Mindmap softwares are great to organize ideas.


Minder from Trevor Williams combine everything I need/like:

  • Open source
  • Desktop client (not web app)
  • Multiples files open in tabs
  • Easy to use with keyboard (Tab, Enter, e, t …)
  • Several themes/layout (Automatic, left, right, manual etc..)
  • Customize style, borders, shapes etc..
  • Infinite workspace
  • Auto save
  • Middle click move
  • Zoom
  • Icon (stickers) / Images
  • Group several components (Node group)
  • Extra arrow to link 2 separate components
  • Task completed status
  • Import and export in multiple formats (Including SVG, Mermaid, Markdown etc)
  • Xml format (change tracking with git )


There is a Debian/Ubuntu package we can install with apt-get install but this one is outdated, so better to install it another way like:

sudo apt install meson valac libmarkdown2-dev libgee-0.8-dev libgranite-dev libarchive-dev libgtksourceview-3.0-dev
git clone https://github.com/phase1geo/Minder.git
cd Minder
sudo ./app install