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It is possible to open Microsoft Visio files in Ubuntu? Perhaps something like Dia, or OpenOffice Draw?

It is not an emergency, but it would be nice...

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It's coming to LibreOffice now. Expect it in v3.5.

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    I confirm that LibreOffice can handle Visio VSDX documents Apr 19, 2019 at 9:02
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Quick update to the existing answers: the current version (4.3) of LibreOffice Draw opens .vsdx files indeed, although they appear a bit mangled so they'll require some work on it.

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You could use an online service like http://www.freepdfconvert.com (there are dozens) to turn it into a PDF and with that view it or manhandle it in Inkscape, et al.

But as for direct opening, not yet, I'm afraid. It's fairly niche too so I wouldn't expect a solution any time soon.

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Crossover handles Visio very well, unlike the many issues you may find with Wine. Although Crossover is a commercial product and Visio as well, as far as alternative Visio like applications there are a few.

  • DIA
  • Kivio
  • OpenOffice Draw
  • ArgoUML
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I installed Visio in Ubuntu, but first I installed Wine. It's working fine (there are some issues!). I don't know if there is another way to open that kind of files. I tried with OpenOffice.org Drawing but nothing happen.

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    If you have Visio on hand, could you please see if Dia can open it?
    – Soviero
    Oct 11, 2010 at 23:19
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Dia can open Visio's XML format (VDX)

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    Just tried the sample package off the MS website. Error loading diagram /home/oli/Desktop/VisioSam/BlkDia.vsd. Unknown file type.
    – Oli
    Oct 11, 2010 at 23:17
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    You have to export as .vdx not .vsd from Visio
    – maco
    Oct 11, 2010 at 23:31
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Open diagrams.net and drag and drop the file into the editor.

If the file is a .vsdx file and privacy is an issue use the desktop version

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If you have access to Visio 2003 or higher, you could try to convert it to .SVG That format is easily readable by both Dia and Inkscape. If not, you're in a world of pain because raw Visio is not easily convertible.

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With LibreOffice Draw 6.0.7.3 the *.vsdx Files from Microsoft Visio Standard 2016 that I have created there recently could be opened. Tested on Ubuntu 18.04.

LibreOffice Draw

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Try the "Free Visio Viewer (Mac, Windows, Linux)" add-on in Chrome, by LucidChart. I just tried it in Ubuntu 14.04. It seems to work well.

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As far as using LibreOffice goes, it's May 2018 and I'm using LibreOffice 6.0.1.1, and unfortunately LibreOffice Draw still won't open .vdx files as far as I can tell. :(

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    LucidChart will upload your Visio file to their server in order to present it in the browser, which for privacy-concerned files is not possible to do. Apr 5, 2019 at 13:56
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    I agree: a local Linux application would be better. I hope someday LibreOffice supports Visio files. Apr 5, 2019 at 14:27
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    Actually LibreOffice does support opening Visio files, however most of the files my company uses are not properly formatted when opened in LO. Apr 8, 2019 at 17:20

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