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User Guide

Helping you get all you need from MindNode. Learn everything from the elementary to the most advanced features, shortcuts & functions.


User Guide

About MindNode

Every great idea starts with a single thought. And another. And a million more. Whether you’re sipping coffee or lying on a beach — MindNode helps you capture those ideas and turn them into a clear visual.

This user guide is for the classic MindNode app. Check out the section on MindNode Next here.


MindNode for Mac requires a Mac running macOS Ventura 13.0 or later.

MindNode for iOS/iPadOS requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 16.0 or later or an iPad running iPadOS 16.0 or later.

MindNode for Apple Watch requires an Apple Watch running watchOS 9.0 or later.


MindNode is localized in 15 languages: Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai.


Check out our Support Articles and read the answers to the most common questions if you have any questions. You can also email us at support@mindnode.com.


Node: a space where you can add text and images — each representing a thought, topic, or idea.

Node well: where you create a new node (represented by a + symbol).

Main node: the central idea or topic of your MindNode mind map.

Child node: a thought/idea that is connected to another one.

Sibling nodes: thoughts/ideas on the same branch at the same level.

Parent node: the initial thought/idea that connects sibling nodes.

Branch: a group of thoughts/ideas related to one another.

Connection: an alternative way of connecting thoughts/ideas on the same or different branches.

Canvas: the area outside nodes, the background, so to speak.

Stickers: visual illustrations you can add to your MindNode mind map to make things more fun.

Notes: a way to expand on your thoughts/ideas without them always being visible.

Tags: a way of making nodes (aka. thoughts and ideas) searchable, no matter where they are located on your MindNode mind map.