When you arrive at the draw.io application web page, you'll see the storage splash screen


Whichever mode you select, if you tick the check "Remember this setting" (and have cookies enabled) your choice will be remembered and returning to the draw.io web site will skip the storage selecting splash and start with the new/open splash instead.

The 5 options (usually) available are:

  1. Use your Google Drive account. See How to use draw.io with Google Drive for more details.
  2. Use your GitHub account.
  3. Use your Dropbox account See How to use draw.io with Dropbox for more details.
  4. Use your OneDrive account.
  5. Save to your local filesystem (not available on tablets and mobiles, for example). Using draw.io with your local file system is very simple, but also limited in a number of ways. Autosave is not possible, nor is it possible to define the save to directory on the file system, these are security limitation enforced by all mainstream browsers.

When opening from local storage this simple dialog appears:

Allowing opening of diagrams by clicking on the link and diagram deletion by clicking on the corresponding trash icon.

Note that local storage changes the URL so that refreshing the page keeps draw.io in local storage mode using the same diagram, e.g. https://drive.draw.io/#Ltest2. To switch away from local storage mode you must alter the URL directly.

File Types

The web app supports SVG, HTML and XML files as native storage format. Each format can be used for a specific purpose (see What file extensions are supported?). A comparison of the export/embed formats is available here.

Next Steps

  1. Watch the Quick Start Video
  2. Read the User Manual
  3. Study the Keyboard Shortcuts


If none of the available cloud options are working, try the following:

  1. Enable cookies and JavaScript.
  2. Make sure you are not blocking the cloud providers (see Google Drive Not Available).
  3. Enable popup windows.
  4. Check the JavaScript Console for errors (see How to Show the JavaScript Console).