I am looking for a cross-platform library that would help me to draw/represent data but most of all should help me to visualize mind maps; something similar like d3.js but with language bindings so that it can be cross-platform compiled.

The reason is that I don't want to write my own "engine" to be able to render just a mind map. Is there something that could help me here?

  • How about a JavaScript framework that can extend the D3 library? Also, are you drawing mind maps for personal use or is this feeding into an app's development?
    – ZeroFlux
    Feb 16 '15 at 19:38
  • It is supposed to be a part of a desktop application. I am not really a big fan of JavaScript and the d3.js library is not very fast for what I could observe. I am not up-to-date but maybe this could have changed already since the possibility of web-workers. Feb 19 '15 at 15:25
  • Did you get anywhere? I have starred this question as I am interested in the answer. If you made a decision, could you please tell us what and why? Thanks Mar 8 '16 at 8:14

Have you considered GraphViz?

Your question is a little sketchy, but I think that it will help.

It is text driven, so can be used to represent data.

As an example:

graph { 
    a -- b; 
    b -- c; 
    a -- c; 
    d -- c; 
    e -- c; 
    e -- a; 

enter image description here

Please take a look at the gallery more more complex (mindmapish) examples..

This question on their forum addresses creating mindmaps.

See also Graphviz+Jessyink as a Latex-Style Potential Alternative to Prezi and Mindmap Presentations (How to Beat MS PowerPoint).

This Ruby tool might also help.

  • 1
    Do you know of a web alternative to Graphviz? In the sense..you give it the same input and it outputs a html page with graphs?
    – Aswin P J
    May 5 '16 at 13:08
  • 1
    Alas, no. I have no personal use for such, but if you do find one I would ask you to post it here in order to benefit others in the future. Good luck! May 5 '16 at 13:36

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