yEd101 Video Downloading and Installing

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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the first part of the yEd 101 video tutorials. The first thing we need to do is to download and install yEd. So let me walk you through that.

The maker of yEd is a company called yWorks. And the best way to get the latest version is directly from their website at  And here it is. So on the menu here are the downloads. Then you can go here to tools and applications. And right at the top is the program we want, yEd.

That brings us to this page with all the various versions of yEd. The one you need depends on what operating system you are using. It looks a bit daunting but let me show you how to decide which one you need.

If you are a Windows user, unless you have a very old PC or you know for certain that you have a 32-bit machine, I am going to recommend that you choose the 64-bit version. If that turns out to be wrong, don’t worry – no harm will come to your PC. All that will happen is that when you try to install it, it simply won’t work. Instead, you will get an error message. And you can come back here and download the 32-bit version and try again.

Now, you will notice that there are two 64 bit versions. Which one should you download?  The best thing to do is chose the one that says

“Includes a suitable Java 8 JRE.”  now, JRE stands for Java Runtime Environment and yEd needs this to run. In fact, Java is required by many other software applications so you might well have it installed already.   But, in case you don’t, if you use this version of the install (as opposed to the one without the JRE), it will detect it if you have it. If it can’t find it on your system, it will prompt you to install java. So to be on the safe side, choose the JRE version.

Now, I happen to be on a Mac so I am going to click on the link here and start the download.

That brings up the license agreement. So, of course, I read every word of that like we all do, and then let’s accept the terms by clicking here. Now, we can hit the download button.

OK.  So the download has started.

yWorks then presents us with this message. Which we can ignore as it is trying to persuade us to buy other versions of the software. We should, however, be grateful to yWorks for making the free version available to us.

When the download is complete, we are ready to install it.

Again, the exact procedure will depend on your operating system. So, in my case, I am going to install it on a Mac. It will be different if you have a windows PC but despite being a Java-based program, it installs just like any other program.

I downloaded the file from the yWorks website to my desktop here. So I am going to go ahead and click on the disk image as it is called in Mac-speak. If you are on windows it is the DOT.exe file.  Follow the prompts to get it installed.

So,  now I get to decide which folder to put the program in. Whatever your operating system, OS X or Windows, I recommend that you accept the default. However, for the purposes of this demo only, I am just going to leave it on my desktop.

Now I open it up and we are ready to go.  In the next video, I will introduce the main features of the user interface.

See you soon.