What are decision trees used for?

Software for creating decision trees

Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines chart creation, data visualization, and collaboration among colleagues. With the help of Lucidchart, you can accelerate your communication and increase your innovative strength.

Create, edit and share a decision tree online

  • Create and customize

    Our easy-to-use decision tree software makes calculating the risks, rewards and financial gains associated with your decisions a lot easier. Whether you want to analyze the risk of an investment or capture potential outcomes in a sequence of events, Lucidchart can help. Take advantage of simple templates and formatting options to create your decision tree quickly and professionally. Organize events and outcomes by shape and color for optimal understanding.

  • Visualize potential paths and analyze results

    Build your decision tree with Lucidchart and highlight potential pathways to better understand and visualize decisions. Use data links to seamlessly import your records from a CSV file, Excel spreadsheet, or Google Spreadsheet, then calculate the likelihood of each outcome by applying relevant formulas directly in Lucidchart. Thanks to clear graphics and quantifiable conclusions, you can weigh up decisions quickly and precisely.

  • Collaborate with decision makers

    Involve the most important stakeholders in the decision-making process through real-time collaboration - from anywhere and at any time. Work on the same document at the same time or collect feedback from your team using the chat function in Lucidchart. Every change you make is taken into account immediately to ensure that everyone has access to the most up-to-date information at all times. Your team can add comments to fill in any gaps in the thought process or to provide opinions on the best decision.

  • Present and share

    Lucidchart enables cross-platform approval and publication of your work in seconds. Send your decision tree to individual email addresses, generate a link to share on your website, or download your diagram. Share your work with custom permissions to prevent unwanted changes or send it through your favorite applications like G Suite, Confluence, and Slack. Lucidchart runs consistently on Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, so you don't have to worry about your work being affected.

How to create a decision tree with our software


Start a new decision tree

Drag a rectangle shape on the left edge of the canvas and enter the basic idea or question that requires a decision.


Add nodes as results

Use circular shapes to add nodes with names of possible outcomes. Add as many options as you want, but at least two.


Insert lines as results with estimated value

Connect your main idea to the primary nodes and the nodes after that using lines. You can add specific values ​​and estimates to these lines that indicate how large the impact of certain outcomes could be.


Complete the decision tree and calculate values

Once each question is linked to a possible event, add a triangle at the end of the diagram as the result. Estimate the likelihood of each outcome and use the node and branch values ​​to calculate the final values.


Review and use tree or publish and share

Use real-time collaboration to get feedback from your team, or publish the diagram using the easy sharing capabilities of Lucidchart.

Create a decision tree

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our software for creating decision trees

What Are Decision Tree Diagrams Used For?

Decision tree diagrams are used to visually represent strategies and estimate possible outcomes of decision processes. These diagrams start with individual nodes and then branch out to possible outcomes for which risks, costs, and benefits are calculated.

Learn more
Does Lucidchart provide decision tree templates and examples?

Yes. The template gallery in our editor offers several decision tree templates to help you build decision trees online based on your costs and potential outcomes. Enter “decision tree” in the template search in the editor and select an example.

Learn more
How do I start creating a decision tree in Lucidchart?

Lucidchart's efficient drag-and-drop functionality makes it easy to create decision trees from scratch. Alternatively, you can simply choose a decision tree template and customize it. You can also import your data into Lucidchart from a spreadsheet, CSV file, or Google Sheets.

Learn more
I've added data to my decision tree. Can Lucidchart use this data to calculate potential outcomes?

Yes. Use formulas in Lucidchart to calculate more accurate results. These formulas are used to automatically adjust potential costs or values ​​as you branch your decision tree.

Learn more

Make confident decisions with our online decision tree software

Over 15 million users in 180 countries

“I tend to see things as decision trees and sequences of events. When I try to organize my thoughts, I often turn to this platform to shape them. "

4.5 / 5 stars; 650+ reviews

Find out why 99% of Fortune 500 companies are securely scaling their businesses with Lucidchart.