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Excalidraw is a whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them.

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  • ✨ 5 useful productivity apps for every developer!
    The app hosted at is a minimal showcase of what you can build with Excalidraw. Its source code is part of this repository as well, and the app features:. - Source: / about 1 year ago
  • UI elements with a hand-drawn, sketchy look
    My absolute favorite for hand-drawn-esque elements is Excalidraw ( Immediately became enamored by the UX and the ability to get done what I was looking for. It stores everything locally on your browser, which makes it easy to work offline as well. - Source: Hacker News / 13 days ago
  • Build a Scalable REST API with TypeScript, Express, Drizzle ORM, and Turso Database: A Step-by-Step Guide
    To best illustrate this concept, I made a little sketch using excalidraw:. - Source: / 18 days ago
  • How I built a Multiplayer App in 3 days
    Just before I went to sleep last Sunday I thought it would be fun to create an app for my friends and I where we can rate the Eurovision Song Contest participants live together. The idea was to have everyones votes being tallied up live as we make adjustments to the ratings. This led me into looking at Replicache as the solution. I've been interested in trying it out for a while now and this was the perfect... - Source: / about 1 month ago
  • 17 Best Developer Productivity Tools to Try
    Diagrams and visualizations are often indispensable when explaining complex concepts or designing system architectures. Excalidraw and Whimsical are two popular quick drawing tools that allow developers to create diagrams easily. With their simple yet powerful interface, developers can create wireframes, flowcharts, and other visual representations in no time. These tools are great for both brainstorming ideas and... - Source: / about 1 month ago
  • An infinite canvas for code exploration
    To fix this, I added a digital whiteboard to my workflow, and this is phenomenal. You can use any digital whiteboard, such as,,, or My workflow generally goes like:. - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • Tools that Make Me Productive as a Software Engineer
    However, Notion and Obsidian can only help you write documentation. Well, how about some visuals? Let's talk about Excalidraw. - Source: / 3 months ago
  • Ask HN: Anyone use a code to mindmap/flowchart tool?
    I was happy to find out recently that there is a way to make Mermaid diagrams WYSIWYG / drag and drop editable that the open source has and did I mention it's open source!? With a LLM, you can go full loop back to Mermaid again after a few rounds of manual editing. "What a time to be alive!". - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • Show HN: Batch Image Manipulation Toolkit in Browser
    Would love more ideas for what I could add to bother, ideally mundane batch image processing tasks that can be automated. [1],Abn9sV1PylQ2ZPuRfwKjKQ. - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • Ask HN: What development tools are you using for your current project?
    I'm working on a personal project and found myself looking for an alternative to Postman/Insomnia this morning. This made me realize I've been using the same tools for so long for work (mobile development, finance) that this project may be a good time to try out some new things. Here are a few tools that I've been using lately that I really enjoy: - A dead-simple self-hosted... - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • Penrose – Penrose
    Sketch easy and go back to work... - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • Show HN: Airdraw
    Would like this on - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Anyone able to actually use Architecture Diagramming Tool?
    I know that it uses Excalidraw for the diagraming canvas, which uses LocalStorage to store the diagram, but this tool doesn't seem to have any persistent state. Source: 6 months ago
  • SQLSync – Stop Building Databases
    I don't know what program the author used, but I'd be surprised if he did them by hand. Excalidraw ( will give a very similar feel. - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Ask HN: What's the best way to write a book in Markdown?
    Hey, I've wrote a few books ( with only markdown, and I've detailed my complete setup and shared the Dockerfile that I use to convert the markdown into ebooks (EPUB, PDF and Kindle) on my blog: - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Ask HN: Looking for applications that allow collaboration without authentication
    No login required, so I've used it a lot for remote job interviews. - Source: Hacker News / 8 months ago
  • 10 Lesser-Known Tools and Websites to Spice Up Your Developer Toolbox
    Excalidraw is a collaborative virtual whiteboard where you can sketch diagrams, flowcharts, and wireframes. It's perfect for brainstorming and discussing design ideas with your team. - Source: / 8 months ago
  • Google Ending Support for Jamboard Devices
    I've been enjoying Excalidraw a lot[^1]. It lets you share diagrams without accounts and you can even collaborate in real-time. [^1]: - Source: Hacker News / 9 months ago
  • Ask HN: What are some well-designed websites?
    Modern at first sight, but quickly dull the senses. Passable for their supreme usability (the Vercel dashboard works better on mobile than many websites on desktop). On the bottom right corners are the grandiloquent, the pompous, the extravagant. See them on Awwwards. Somehow, I feel a sizeable of Web3 websites fall into this, though I have only superficial exposure to them, with their overuse of transitions and... - Source: Hacker News / 9 months ago
  • The Surprising Impact of Medium-Size Texts on PostgreSQL Performance (2020)
    The tables look like they have been created with - Source: Hacker News / 10 months ago
  • The ReMarkable Streaming Tool v2: Elevating Remote Work Efficiency
    Plug for Excalidraw: Which, FWIW, supports Apple Pencil and iPad quite well since 2022: As well as a seemingly evergreen release of the Obsidian plugin that gets people Doge levels of Such Wow: Video walkthrough... - Source: Hacker News / 10 months ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Excalidraw

5 great diagramming tools for enterprise and software architects
As your system evolves, you must update your diagrams to reflect those changes. Because Excalidraw is a browser-based tool, you have to open a browser tab and make changes visually, which can be inconvenient. You also can't easily see your history of changes. While Excalidraw has fans, I prefer a text-based diagram tool.

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