Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I haven't been able to draw anything useful on LibreOffice Draw. Where are the different shapes to make diagrams? All I can find are basic shapes that I would find on Microsoft Word (squares, circles, stars, arrows, etc). Will I be able to make more elaborate diagrams like a data flow diagram or a basic UML diagram?

share|improve this question

5 Answers 5

up vote 5 down vote accepted

LibreOffice is a general-purpose drawing application and rather unsuited for diagramming and scientific drawing. It only -- as you have already seen -- provides basic shapes.

For diagramming, GNU Dia is an excellent tool, but there are many other great programmes around.

EDIT: I also want to mention yEd: it scales very well to big graphs and can be run via Java WebStart. It has some really cool features.

share|improve this answer
Too bad to know that LibreOffice Draw won't do anything that is beyond basic shapes... that may be the reason why there isn't even a tag "libreoffice-draw" on this site. I will check your recommendations. Thank you. –  Mike G Apr 12 '12 at 16:47
"excellent tool" is not exactly what comes to mind when I think about GNU Dia. It's a productivity and user interface nightmare. –  aef Dec 1 '12 at 15:29
-1 because there is a gallery that provides more than just "basic shapes" and you can import VSS files (with conversion) into LibreOffice draw using vss2odf. –  josten Jan 11 '14 at 22:13
@josten Which is named how and can be obtained where? –  dualed Apr 9 '14 at 9:44
@dualed looks like the tools are no longer able to be found in a google search... –  josten Apr 9 '14 at 12:28

Just find it in the bottom pane

If you didn't find it, just go to

View > Toolbars > Drawing

That's all..You will get it.

As usual, like Microsoft Office you will get in the respective menus. [If you still remember the old office menus instead of the new Ribbon interface]

share|improve this answer

If you're after a set of consistently styled isometric network equipment shapes (similar to the Visio ones) try these: http://www.vrt.com.au/downloads/vrt-network-equipment (Creative Commons licensed, in the Fedora repos as and RPM as well).

Now also added to extensions.libreoffice.org and extensions.openoffice.org

Sample of shapes

share|improve this answer

Well they are here ;) So just add em ;)


share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.