How to Open Mindmapping Files?

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Hi Warriors,

Ok, I've got some files which were created with a mindmapping program which saves files with the .mmap extention. (The name of the program escapes me at the moment.)

Since I'm newly unemployed, I can't afford to buy such a program, so I downloaded the free mindmapping program called Freemind. Freemind saves its files with a .mm extention.

I've tried opening the .mmap files with the Freemind program, but all I get is an error message. Is there any way for me to open these files????

It's extremely frustrating not to be to able to open the files I need!

Thanks for your help!

#files #mindmapping #open
  • Profile picture of the author Sean A McAlister
    Hi Michelle,

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    Hope this helps

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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      I think the files I had WERE MindJet files, now that you mention it.

      The free trial is a good idea, but I'll need it longer than 30 days. Grrr!

      Guess I'll have to just work with what I've got....

      Thanks anyway...

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    • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
      Here's more info, Michelle.

      Since the file types are proprietary, you'll need to convert them. Here's an information page, with a section on mindmanager/freemap conversions:

      Import and export - FreeMind - free mind mapping software

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      • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
        Michelle, you might want to take a look at Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming - MindMeister. It's an online mind mapper, and it's very good. You can sign up for free, but you'll be limited to creating 6 mindmaps. And you can import .mmap files created with MindManager.
        Hope this helps!
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          I've been using the free version of XMind - Social Brainstorming and Mind Mapping and I've been quite impressed. I believe it will let you import both Freemind and Mindjet files...
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          • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
            Thank you everyone!!!


            For whatever reason, I couldn't figure out how to import and open the .mmap files into Freemind. It wouldn't let me do it and for whatever reason, I found the instructions for conversion very unclear. (It talked about downloading a converter, but I couldn't get it to work for me. And there was no "Import" option in any of the menus that I could see.) Very frustrating!

            If anyone can show me how to convert and/or import .mmap files into Freemind and open them (I need a SIMPLE explanation), I'd greatly appreciate it. I messed around with it quite a bit today and couldn't figure it out.

            John McCabe,

            Thank You! I downloaded XMind and was FINALLY able to open the .mmap files and see them! Even if I end up creating my own mindmaps in Freemind, at least I can see and model the .mmap mindmaps I have.

            Again, thank you soooo much! That helped tremendously!

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  • Profile picture of the author Todd S
    I've been using XMind also I love it works great. And yes it supports Freemind and Mindjet imports

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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      I've bookmarked it. Thanks so much Kezz!


      Good point! Will do!

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      • Profile picture of the author kershawm
        Try this:

        Go to Freemind and click on File/Import/Mind Manager X5 Map, then choose the .mmap file. I find that sometimes it works but in some cases it hasn't.

        Good luck!


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    • Profile picture of the author eibhlin
      I had a similar problem and nothing in Freemind or XMind would work, even following the exact suggestions here.

      However, solved the problem, for free. Whew! Thank you!

      Originally Posted by Kezz View Post

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  • Profile picture of the author niravmehta
    Here's how you can open .mmap file with Freemind (excellent free mind mapping software)

    1. Create a new map
    2. Click on File - Import - MindManager X5 Map. (Import option won't be enabled until you have a map open, so make sure to create a new map.)
    3. Select your .mmap file and it will be imported

    Just did that today and it worked flawlessly.
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  • Profile picture of the author humboldt
    Thanks, niravmehta . Just tried you suggestion, but the file I am trying to convert fails as well ( java script error ) . I guess this will work for some but not all files, depending on how they were compiled in the first place.

    if not now, when ?

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