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?

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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

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    After installing the extension, to actually use it, you need to go to the "Gallery" tab in the "Sidebar Deck" and look for categories that start with "VRT". Mar 7, 2016 at 21:12
  • I came here exactly for @MichaelMandel 's comment.
    – sjas
    Jul 11, 2016 at 13:53

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.

  • 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, 2012 at 16:47
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    "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, 2012 at 15:29
  • @josten Which is named how and can be obtained where?
    – dualed
    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:44
  • @josten Anyway, I meant the aptly named "a gallery" you wrote was existing.
    – dualed
    Apr 9, 2014 at 13:20
  • @josten "there is a gallery that provides more than just 'basic shapes'" -- That is untrue. The shape palette is not in any way comparable with tools like MS Visio.
    – summentier
    Nov 10, 2014 at 14:02

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]


There is https://github.com/sschmidhuber/LibreSymbols. But it provides mostly symbols for electric/logic diagrams. In future it will also support eEPC diagrams. May be that's interesting for you or somebody else.

UML is not on the roadmap.

  • Good recommendation, by the way it is fully compatible with Libreoffice 6. I only missed digital logic gates Oct 6, 2020 at 7:42

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


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