The simplest concept map maker

Zen Mind Map is the simplest tool to create concept maps & mind maps.

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Zen Mind Map

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Concept maps in seconds

Create a concept map or mind map with a few clicks or keyboard shortcuts. This is mind-mapping at the speed of thought!

A zen workspace

Your content is what matters most, so we put that front and center. No sidebars. No floating icons. No distraction.

Minimal & intuitive interface

For the most delightful user experience, we removed any unnecessary features from our concept map maker. The result is a thoughtfully simple, yet fully capable UI.

Style with emojis

Make your concept maps even more memorable with emojis. Unlimited fun guaranteed with our concept map creator!

Always presentation-ready

Download your concept map as a PNG file or publish a live document which automatically updates any changes you make. Sharing your work is that easy!

Concept map examples & templates

Mind Map Example - Business Plan

Plan a business

Mind Map Example - OKR

Manage OKRs

Mind Map Example - Solve a problem

Solve a problem

Mind Map Example - Plan an essay

Plan an essay

Mind Map Example - Marketing Plan

Marketing Plan

Mind Map Example - Tasklist

Assign tasks

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What is a Concept Map?

When boiled down to its absolute basics and essentials, a concept map is really nothing more than a diagram or a visual representation of the individual and shared relationships between core concepts and ideas.

As you think of new ideas to tackle a problem, to overcome an obstacle, or to achieve a goal, you’re going to find that organizing these great ideas – and figuring out which one to pursue and when – becomes a real challenge.

With concept maps, however, the process is streamlined and simplified significantly. These conceptual diagrams aren’t just easier to build than other “relationship charts”, but they dovetail nicely with the way your brain thinks about disparate ideas and how it combines them together through their shared relationships.

Learn more about Concept Maps in our Comprehensive Introduction to Concept Maps post.

Components of a Concept Map

Concept maps have a structure similar to a tree. Each concept map has one Central Node (or Central Topic). Stemming from the central node are branches (just like the branches of a tree!). In turn, each branch connects the Central Node with Subtopics. Each node can have a Sibling Topic or a Subtopic. Every node may also contain icons, external links, or images.

About Zen Mind Map

Zen Mind Map is the simplest online free software to create concept maps, mind maps, and more. With a minimal and intuitive user interface, creating mindmaps or concept maps with our free online concept map maker is very easy and delightful. Our online software also has Export and Publish features, which allow users to easily present and share their work.