Lucidchart in Google Drive

Lucidchart allows users to create, edit, and share diagrams with one another in real-time. With the integration for Google Drive, you can open, store, and share these diagrams through Google Drive.

The Lucidchart app now also works with Google Team Drive, allowing you to move files from your personal Drive to your Team Drive.

To integrate Lucidchart with Google Drive, you must first install the Lucidchart app for Drive.

To install the Lucidchart app, follow these steps:

  1. Install Lucidchart from the Chrome Web Store using Google Chrome, OR
  2. From your Drive homepage, select New > More > Connect more apps.
  3. Search for Lucidchart.
  4. Grant permission to share basic information, contacts, and files with these apps. This will allow Lucidchart to auto-provision an account and fully integrate with Drive.

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In order to connect your Lucidchart account with Drive, both accounts need to be connected to the same email address.

To connect your account:

  1. Change your Lucidchart email address in your Account Settings. Click “Save.”
  2. Log out of all Google accounts then log into your Google account with the same email now on your Lucidchart account.
  3. From your Drive homepage, select New > More > Connect more apps.
  4. Search for Lucidchart.

If Lucidchart prevents you from changing your email to match the email address associated with your Drive account, it is likely that you accidentally created a new Lucidchart account through Drive. Follow these instructions to remove your accidental Lucidchart account and sync the correct account with Drive.

  1. Log in to your new accidental Lucidchart account. You can use Google Single Sign-On if the accidental account uses the same email address as Drive.
  2. Navigate to your Account Settings by clicking on your account name in the top right corner. Select "Account settings."

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  3. From the Google Drive tab, select “Unlink Account.”

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  4. Close your account by visiting the Close Account section of your Account page. Click close and provide a reason (i.e. syncing with Google Drive).
  5. Log in to your active Lucidchart account and change your Lucidchart email address in your Account settings to match your Google Drive email address exactly. Click “Save.”
  6. Log out of your Lucidchart account and any Google Accounts.
  7. Clear your cookies.
  8. Log in to your Lucidchart account using the newly entered email address with the same password as before.
  9. Go the Google Drive section of your Account settings and click “Link to Google Drive.” You’ll need to log in to your Google Drive account using the same email address as your active Lucidchart account.

You can navigate to Lucidchart to create a new diagram without leaving Google Drive. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. From Drive, select New > More > Lucidchart Diagrams, and a new document will be opened in the Lucidchart editor.

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  2. Rename the document.
  3. Diagram your little heart out!
  4. Your file is saved to Lucidchart and synced with your Drive account. Note: Your document will be accessible through both Lucidchart and Drive only if you have automatic synchronization enabled. If not, you will need to manually export your document to Google Drive in order to access the document via Drive.

After creating a diagram in Lucidchart, you can choose to export the file as a PDF, PNG, JPEG, or VDX directly to your Google Drive account.

To export to Drive:

  1. From your Lucidchart document, select File > Export to Google Drive.

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  2. Choose the file type and other preferences and click “Done.”
  3. A blue message box will appear when the download is complete.
  4. The exported file will appear in the root folder of your Google Drive and in your Recent documents.

Google Drive Preferences allow you to modify the way you sync and secure your files to your Drive account and local backup.

To change your preferences:

  1. Navigate to your Account Settings by clicking on your account name in the top right corner. Select "Account settings."
  2. Click on the Google Drive Preferences tab.

Synchronization: You can choose to have the diagrams you create in Lucidchart automatically synced to Google Drive. This means all your Lucidchart documents will be accessible via Google Drive without needing to go on the Lucidchart website. While you are able to add comments to Lucidchart documents directly on Drive, you will not be able to edit Lucidchart documents unless you are on the Lucidchart Editor. If you choose not to enable automatic synchronization, only Lucidchart documents that you manually export to Google Drive will be connected to your Drive account.

Automatic Backup: Lucidchart allows you to have all of your Lucidchart documents backed up to your Google Drive account on a weekly basis. Each backup will be a single file in your Drive account and can be restored to your Lucidchart account.

Installing Lucidchart for Drive allows you to view Microsoft Visio files. With a Professional or Team account, you can open and edit them in Lucidchart.

To view Visio files in Google Drive:

  1. In Google Drive, select New > File upload, and then find your desired .vdx or .vsd file.
  2. Once the file is uploaded, select it to open in a view only mode.
  3. Click the import button to open the file in the Lucidchart editor.

Lucidchart’s integration with Google Drive requires a few permissions to give you a seamless diagramming experience. Please view these brief explanations of each required permission and contact us if you have any further questions.

View basic information about your account: Allows Lucidchart to auto-provision an account and bring you immediately into the editor rather than to a registration or sign-in page.

View your email address: Enables Google Single Sign-On.

View and manage Google Drive files that you have opened or created with Lucidchart: Ensures that your most recent Lucidchart file is synced to your Drive account.

Perform these operations when I’m not using the application: Required for automated backup of files on a weekly basis as selected in your Lucidchart Google Drive preferences.

Connecting Lucidchart to Google Drive allows you to automatically backup your Lucidchart documents in Drive. Lucidchart has a separate backup system, but you can also set a weekly backup to Google Drive.

To enable backup:

  1. Navigate to your Account Settings by clicking on your account name in the top right corner. Select "Account settings."
  2. From the Google Drive tab, select “Backup weekly.”
  3. Press "Save."

If you automatically backup your documents, you will receive an LAF backup file in your Google Drive account every week. You can then restore your documents from the Backup/Restore page of your Lucidchart account.

If you have automatic backups enabled, you can easily collaborate on Lucidchart documents by sharing documents via Google Drive.

To share a document on Google Drive, simply right-click any file from the “Lucidchart” folder in your Google Drive, select “Share,” and enter your collaborator’s information.


Then, your collaborator can access the Lucidchart document by right-clicking the file and selecting “Open With” > “Lucidchart.”


Please note that if you share a document via Google Drive, these sharing permissions will not be noted in the document’s collaboration settings on Lucidchart. To remove collaborator’s permissions, simply unshare the document on Google Drive.

Lucidchart's integration with Google Team Drive allows you to move Lucidchart files from your personal Drive to your Team Drive. Permissions will be inherited from Lucidchart or Team Drive based on which one has greater permissions. For example, if a document is shared with Edit access in Lucidchart to a user who only has read access in Team Drive, the user will still receive edit access.