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The latest stable release of FreeMind is 0.8.0. Downloading and installation instructions are given below.


Installing FreeMind

FreeMind is written in Java, so it will run on almost any system with 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. You may choose a minimum install that gives you only the basic FreeMind package or 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 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.

Step-by-step overview

  1. Install Java Runtime Environment if you do not have it.
  2. Choose a 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 (MB) Note
MS Windows Windows Installer 3 A smaller version without SVG export
MS Windows Windows Installer Max 8 All-inclusive version
Mac OS X MAC OS X 8 All-inclusive version.
Linux Debian Linux 2.6 Please consider first checking the release notes.
Linux SuSE 9.x Linux and other RPM-based distros like Fedora and Mandriva 2.6 See also release notes.
Any binaries for any operating system 3 A smaller version without SVG export.
Any binaries for any operating system - max 8 All-inclusive version

For Linux, the installation procedure is described in length.

Older versions

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

Source code

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

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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