How to Install yEd Graph Editor in Ubuntu, Linux Mint

July 29, 2013 — 13 Comments

This simple tutorial shows you how to install the yEd Graph Editor in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, 12.10 Quantal, 13.04 Raring, 13.10 Saucy and Linux Mint.

yEd graph editor

yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams. Create diagrams manually, or import your external data for analysis. The automatic layout algorithms arrange even large data sets with just the press of a button.

Install yEd

The official website provides the yEd installer script for 32-bit /64-bit Linux systems, which includes a suitable JRE.

To download this script, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command (check 32-bit or 64-bit via System Settings -> Details):

For 32-bit system:


For 64-bit system:


Before running this script, run below command in previous terminal to give its executable permission.

chmod +x yEd-3.13_*

Finally run the script to bring up setup wizard:


yEd graph editor wizard

Follow the setup wizard. When done, you’ll be able to open yEd Graph Editor in Unity Dash.

yEd graph editor unity

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13 responses to How to Install yEd Graph Editor in Ubuntu, Linux Mint

  1. Thanks for these simple steps!

  2. Thanks for posting this up. It worked perfectly!

  3. Great, easy-to follow steps.

  4. Awesome man! Worked like a charm!

  5. Jermaine McFarlane February 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Works like a charm even on fedora for the latest version of yED. Thanks

  6. I use ubuntu 14.04, 64 bit and get this
    ./ line 1: $’\r’: command not found
    ./ line 2: html: No such file or directory
    ./ line 3: head: No such file or directory
    ./ line 4: meta: No such file or directory
    ./ line 5: style: No such file or directory
    : No such file or directory line 6: !–
    ./ line 7: a:active: command not found
    ./ line 8: a:hover: command not found
    ./ line 9: a:link: command not found
    ./ line 10: a:visited: command not found
    ./ line 11: –: command not found
    ./ line 12: /style: No such file or directory
    ./ line 13: script: No such file or directory
    : No such file or directory line 14: !–
    ./ line 15: syntax error near unexpected token `(‘
    ‘/ line 15: ` var HTTP_statuscode_ = new Array();
    I followed your instructions. Any idea? (Thanks for all your work, every time, when i get here, i get good instructions)

  7. This is what I get when I try to run the script:



    gzip: sfx_archive.tar.gz: not in gzip format

    I am sorry, but the installer file seems to be corrupted.
    If you downloaded that file please try it again. If you transfer that
    file with ftp please make sure that you are using binary mode.

    Kindly help. What do I do?

  8. There is new version for yEd, version 13 is available. So perhaps the download should change like for 64-bit version.

  9. When a try run ./ the errors message bellow appear:
    ./ line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `newline’
    ./ line 1: `’

    What is the problem?

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