.VSD File Extension

Microsoft Visio Drawing (Legacy)

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What is a VSD file?

A VSD file is a drawing project saved by Microsoft Visio, a program used to create technical drawings. It may contain visual objects, information flows, text, and other data. VSD files may also store connection information for imported data sources.

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Screenshot of a .vsd file in LibreOffice Draw 7
VSD file open in LibreOffice Draw 7

Microsoft Visio allows you to visualize and communicate complex information through technical drawings saved as VSD files. The application is typically used in business settings to create flowcharts, workflow diagrams, organizational charts, software diagrams, network diagrams, and database models.

The VSD format was more common in the 2000s when it was the default format utilized by Visio to save drawings. However, Microsoft replaced VSD files (binary-based) and .VDX files (XML-based) with the .VSDX format (Zip-based) when it released Visio 2013. However, Visio 2013 and later versions still support VSD and VDX files.

How to open a VSD file

You can open, edit, save, and convert VSD files with Microsoft Visio (Windows). You can also open VSD files with Draw, which is included in the free LibreOffice suite (multiplatform), The Omni Group OmniGraffle (macOS), CS Odessa ConceptDraw PRO (multiplatform), Nektony VSD Viewer (Android and iOS), and the Google Chrome web browser (with the Free Visio Viewer extension installed).

How to convert a VSD file

Various applications, including Microsoft Visio, CS Odessa ConceptDraw PRO, and Nevron Software MyDraw, can convert VSD files to other formats.

For example, Microsoft Visio can convert VSD files to one of the following formats:

  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .GIF - Graphical Interchange Format
  • .TIF - Tagged Image File Format
  • .BMP - Bitmap Image
  • .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics File
  • .WMF - Windows Metafile
  • .EMF - Enhanced Windows Metafile
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .XPS - XML Paper Specification
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