VYM (View Your Mind)

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VYM (View Your Mind) –  free and open source, multi-platform tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts


VYM allows you to customize toolbars and auxiliary windows:

  • To show or hide it;
  • Move to the desired location;
  • Change the size of the auxiliary window.


  • Color management;
  • Cancel or revert an action;
  • Copy and paste;
  • Scaling;
  • Working with URLS (web addresses) and VYM links;
  • And others.

Auxiliary windows:

  • Note editor;
  • Header editor;
  • Editor of the trees mind maps;
  • Task editor;
  • Slide editor (VIM can be used to create animated presentations);
  • Script editor;
  • History of changes;
  • Properties.

VYM has the ability to import from:

VYM can also export to:

  • Images (supported formats: BMP, JPEG, PBM, PGM, PNG, PPN, XPM, and XBM), PNG is recommended;
  • PDF;
  • SVG;
  • LibreOffice;
  • XML;
  • HTML (web page);
  • ASCII (experimentally);
  • CSV (experimentally);
  • Taskjuggler (experimentally);
  • LATEX (experimentally);
  • KDE 4 Bookmarks.

  • The object property of any branch can be opened in the auxiliary window; VYM tracks all changes made to the map. By default, the number of changes that can be undone is 10000. You can view the full history in the history window: View – > change History or CTRL+H;
  • Working with macros: each function key [F1] – [F12] contains a macro that is executed at the current selection, if the key is pressed. The default macros change the colour of a subtree or set the frame of branches;
  • VYM works with bookmarks;
  • Support for the Drag and Drop function (dragging objects with the mouse);
  • You can link an image to a map branch;
  • There is AutoSave (you can configure the AutoSave interval);
  • It is possible to create a backup copy when saving;
  • You can choose a color for any object on the map;
  • You can select a font family, font style, font size, and writing system, and apply the following effects: strikethrough and underlined;
  • There is a search;
  • Saving the map in .vym format;
  • You can use the flags;
  • Images can easily be added to a map by a simple click;
  • Print support;
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts.

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The software VYM (View Your Mind) is available for installation on Linux.

Installation methodOS
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
RPMopenSUSE, Rosa Linux, Mageia, ALT Linux, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via RPM package

Install Software via command in terminal (konsole)

sudo apt-get install vym

Install Software via EXE package on Windows

Install Software via DMG package for macOS

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:2.5.0
Developer:Uwe Drechsel
Programming language:C++, Ruby, Qt
License:GPL v2
Software website:insilmaril.de/vym

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