Is there any low RAM and CPU usage flow chart software for creating flow charts on Raspbian? It would have to be a GUI software that is in the repositories.

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    What about some of the web options gliffy or lucidchart among many others this would remove the resource limitations? Dec 18, 2014 at 6:38
  • It would have to be software as there will be no internet connection all of the time.
    – Jhondoe
    Dec 18, 2014 at 6:47
  • Why dont you use a online web based platform independent flowchart software like this one?
    – user24725
    Jan 2, 2015 at 11:12

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If you must have a GUI, there's the venerable Xfig. It's old; I was using it at university about 25 years ago. It's reliable and has a large flowchart symbol library:

xfig flowchart symbols

But if you want really lightweight, Graphviz is the way to go. It has a simple graphing language, and has a previewer, so you don't need a GUI. Here's an example:

digraph {
    label="graphviz flowchart GUI decisions"

    start[shape="box", style=rounded];
    end[shape="box", style=rounded];
      label="Do you\nthink you\nneed a\nflowchart\nGUI?"];
      label="No, you\ndon't."];

    start -> if_gui;
    if_gui -> end[label="no"];
    if_gui -> no_you_dont[label="yes"];
    no_you_dont -> end;

You can preview the result directly:

dot -Tx11 flowchart.dot

graphviz preview

(Both of these examples were run on a Raspberry Pi running stock Raspbian.)


I can't speak to how lightweight it is but dia is available from the repository. It can be installed with the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install dia

Here is a tutorial for creating flowcharts with dia.

  • Steve Robillard: Dia looks great in its descriptions! Unfortunately (for me), having installed it on my RPi 2, when run it displays the startup logo, flashes a window then terminates with a Segmentation fault as follows: ** (dia-normal:9312): CRITICAL **: dia_renderer_set_size: assertion 'irenderer != NULL' failed / Segmentation fault Is something else required? What's different about your RPi?
    – rlsj
    Jun 29, 2015 at 16:40
  • @rlsj If I remeber correctly this is how I fixed the problem raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/a/26099/56 Jun 29, 2015 at 22:20

The only option I'm aware of is calligraflow.

I can't judge whether you would think it low ram and CPU.

sudo apt-get install calligraflow

I use jessie/sid. I don't know if the package is available in wheezy.

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