xmind_new_logo_256Being a student and in research, I have always tried to use technology for making a point and this statement is used with literal connotation. One of my favorite way of engaging an audience is to use mindmaps. In this tutorial we’ll see how to get an open source software for mindmapping. Xmind is close to being a perfect mind manager for Linux, Windows and Mac.

But before we go into the details of installation let’s see what a Mind Mapping software is. Following a description from Wikipedia:

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.

The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories.

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XMind, combined with online sharing service, provides a revolutionary way to enable both team brainstorming and personal mind mapping. With this major upgrade, we bring Web 2.0 concepts on community sharing into a popular desktop application. New Gantt view allows project managers to easily track project tasks and schedules. You’ll find many more useful and time-saving functions in XMind product family.

Installing Xmind

Installing Xmind on Ubuntu is as easy as it can get. All you need is to download the deb file and double click it to install it. You can download XMind MindMap deb for Ubuntu from here.

Once you download the deb file just double click to install it.


Once you have installed it you can start it by going to Applications > Office > XMind


Following is how the XMind looks like: