MindNode 5

Developer: IdeasOnCanvas GmbH

Current Version: 5.0.3

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 22.3 MB - Download


MindNode helps you connect your thoughts and clarify your ideas. Try a free 2-week trial of the full app.

A clean interface and focused feature set enable you to develop your project. Start with a thought, then take your project from first steps, to the next level, and into action.


• Capture your thoughts
Whether as words, images, links, tasks, or extended notes, capture your thoughts in any form. Don’t worry about order and importance. You’re just getting started.
Features like Quick Entry make adding different thoughts easy and intuitive. Smart Layout means you don’t have to worry about how your document looks. MindNode will always make sure it is readable and beautiful.

• Explore the connections
Your document reflects your changing understanding as you add more thoughts. Connect, reconnect and detach as often as you like. Folding branches to focus on one thought makes it even easier to explore an idea in-depth. Discover unexpected connections and create something unique.

• Organize your idea
MindNode helps clarify the context and connections from one thought to another. Add individual styles to text and nodes to understand complex information at a glance. Outline view gives a new perspective on the flow of ideas.

• Share your project
Present or export your document. Beautiful layouts and themes make sharing a MindNode document with your team or family a pleasure. Send tasks to Reminders or OmniFocus. Export your project as OPML, FreeMind or text outline to continue work on your project. Using our free web service myMindNode, you can share your documents with your colleagues, no matter the devices they are on.


"The app keeps out of your way, so it doesn't interrupt your thought processes." – New York Times

"Mind Node totally saved a client presentation today. Thank you. The speed with which I could translate my ideas to a flow… amazing." – Robert, Interaction Designer

"You have no idea how useful this Quick Entry feature is for a novel I’m planning. Over-organization in the planning stage has been my Achilles heel. Thank you! Truly best in class." – Eric A. Bowers, Author


Whether it's your iPhone when on the go, your iPad or Mac at work, or your Apple Watch during a workout, with MindNode you stay productive wherever you are. Deep system integration lets you store your files in iCloud Drive and access them on all your devices. MindNode for iOS sold separately.


• Nodes with titles, notes, images, tasks and links
• Quick Entry
• Branches and connections to show different types of relationships
• Outline view, including search
• Multiple themes and unlimited personal themes
• Many styling options for all parts of the document
• Top-down and horizontal layouts
• Two branch shapes, multiple node shapes
• Full screen mode
• Export to text, pdf, image and outline formats
• Share tasks to Reminders, Things and OmniFocus
• myMindNode, free web service to create sharable documents


Reach us at [email protected] and on Twitter @mindnode. Let us know if you have questions or issues. We’re always glad to help.


MindNode is a free app with In-App purchases. The free app allows you to view your documents, as well as share them.
• You can unlock a free 2-week trial.
• Unlock the full app with all features with a one time purchase.


Release Notes:

• New main menu item to unfold all nodes of the current select mind map

• Fixes a crash in Quick Entry Helper App
• Fixes a crash in QuickLook and Spotlight Plugin
• Allow to open image picker when no node is selected
• Allow underline & strikethrough while textEditing
• Allow copy style & paste style while textEditing
• Fixes an issue with incorrect theme text colors in Quick Entry


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 5.0.1
Review by Johnny98203

MindNode 5 is a professional workflow necessity! - MindNode 5 builds upon the 2nd version without creating a bloated interface. It is as clean and functional as the Apple technology it runs on. I firmly believe that mind mapping is a must for creative professionals. It effectively allows you to conceptulize large amounts of data and refine information visually. With that being said, MindNode offers a better UI/UX than it’s other competitors on the App store. I have installed the trial version of Simple Mind and although it is packed with more features, it’s interface comes off as clunky and not very user-friendly in comparison to MindNode. One such example is that to import pictures you must go through a file-browser as opposed to drag-and-drop. Also, Simple Mind also doesn’t allow for convenient picture preview window when pressing the spacebar (albeit it runs on more OS’s). For $40 I would consider this software a good value considering its practical applications and would definitely advise upgrading. The developers have been responsive to my messages and I recommend sending information to IdeasOnCanvas regarding MindNode’s functionality and user-interface. If you are unsure about integrating this product into your workflow, get the 2-week trial version before purchasing!

Found helpful by 26 out of 26 people
Version 5.0.3
Review by my-nickname-was-taken

Misleading - It’s not free. I hate it when apps do this. To make matters worse, there’s a subscription fee! You know how many free mind mapping apps exist? TONS. I think this one looks pretty good and it was in the app store so I figured why not try it? I’d even pay a one time fee. But a subscription? Nope! Forget that. Save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere, you can’t throw a stone without hitting another mind mapping app that’s free and just as feature rich.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 5.0.3
Review by Kevin Agot

File management is the app’s only weakness - I bought all of the highly rated mindmapping maps over the years. However, the app’s marriage of Mac and iOS versions are heads and shoulders above the rest. MindNode went from a promising app with some cool eye-candy but limited features compared to others in the AppStore to now setting the bar for all competitors. My only complaint is the file management system in the iOS version. It’s clunky an unintuitive at best. If this could be addressed, I’d gladly make this a 5-star review.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 5.0.3
Review by piggahmonster

If you’re serious about mindmapping... - …then this the program for you. MindNode 5 is one of the most expensive programs I’ve ever bought and it took me a while to come around to buying it. If you only need to make occasional mindmap style diagrams this probably isn’t for you. After experimenting with different brain storming and note taking styles I decided I liked this philosophy best and wanted to make it a bigger part of my workflow. I would encourage anyone interested to use the trial and if you decide its something you’ll use every day then there’s no better program for mind map style notes. MyMindNode also makes it really easy to share. I personally think if you spend $40 on the Mac version the iOS version should be included because you’re going to want to use them both and then you’ve got over $50 in it. SimpleMind is $30 with a free version but the Pro features are specific and useful enough that you have to get it and MindNode is much nicer and not far off in price. So if you’re serious about visual notes, this is the best. Another thing about MindNode is that it’s just plain fun to use. Anytime I find myself with a blank screen I pull up MindNode and just doodle around for a while. You can’t really get the same experience from a text outliner.

Found helpful by 14 out of 15 people
Version 5.0.3
Review by davelsc

This is only a trial - I have MindNode Pro but haven’t used for a while; thought I might try the newest version and also support the developer. I may still do that eventually but it should be clearer in the description that the In-App Purchases are purchases for the app. There is only a two week trial period then nothing if you do not purchase or upgrade. I am not saying that this is wrong; it just should be stated differently. $39.99 is quite a bit compared to what I payed previously. Too much if I don’t think I will regularly use the app. If it had been $15-20 probably would have done just to support what seems to me to be a good dev.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 5.0.3
Review by 314piepallendrome

The developer keeps charging for updates, and no longer supports old versions - If you buy mindnode 5, you will pretty quickly have to shell out more money for mindnode 6...

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 5.0.3
Review by Sam123p4568

Not Unlocking - When trying to start my two week trial the app just loads fro a few min then times out.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people