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Revision as of 18:35, 1 February 2008


The latest stable release of FreeMind is 0.8.0. Instructions on downloading and installing that version are given below.


Installing FreeMind

FreeMind is written in Java, so it will run on almost any system, as long as that system has a Java runtime environment.

In order to make things easier for you, we've prepared installers for the most common desktop environments: Windows, Linux and Macintosh OS X. These installers come in two sizes, a minimum install that gives you only the basic FreeMind package, and a maximum install, which includes plugins for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Portable Document Format (PDF), reminders, and help files.

System requirements

  • Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or 1.5; not 1.6 in version FreeMind 0.8.0.
  • You can find the latest version of Java on Sun's site.
    • NOTE: 0.8.0 has some bugs when run with Java 1.6, You can download the older version Java Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 14 (you need the JRE, not the JDK). However, this link may not work, even after LogIn to
  • About 13MB of Hard Disk space for the full version, including all the plug-ins.
  • At least 512MB of Memory. More memory is better, especially if you will be creating large mind maps.
    • Version 0.7.1 runs fine on as few as 128MB of Memory.

Step-by-step overview

  1. Install Java Runtime if you do not have it.
  2. Choose FreeMind installation file by operating system.
  3. Download the chosen installation file.
  4. Install FreeMind.


Choose among the following binaries of the current FreeMind 0.8.0, depending on your operating system:

OS Download Size Note
Microsoft Windows Windows Installer 3 MB A smaller version without export to SVG
Microsoft Windows Windows Installer Max 8 MB All-including version
Mac OS X MAC OS X 8 MB All-including version.
Linux Debian Linux 2.6 MB Please consider first checking the release notes.
Linux SuSE 9.x Linux and other RPM-based distros like Fedora and Mandriva 2.6 MB See also release notes.
Any operating system binaries for any operating system 3 MB A smaller version without export to SVG.
Any operating system binaries for any operating system - max 8 MB All-including version

For Linux, the installation procedure is described in length.

Getting older versions

You can also download older versions, see all files for download.

Getting source code

You can download source code by browsing all files for download, looking for the files containing "-src-" substring.

Getting latest beta version

If you'd like to help us test the new version of FreeMind, Release 0.9.0 Beta 15, go get it.
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