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I you have not them, you can download Anki there and XMind there
Temporary Note : XMind 6 raise incompatibilities issues, please download a previous version at
Thanks to Martin Therrien-Bélec for raising this issue.
Optionnal and only for anki 1.2 : If you want a nice style on your Anki cards please use this Anki plug-in "CSS Modify: Style-Sheet input"
Why ? It makes work the style-sheet designed especially for the export [XMind→Anki]

Then download the application there :
There is no set-up file, just

  • execute Xmind2Anki.jar  if you use Mac or Linux
  • execute Xmind2Anki.exe if you use Windows

There is a problem with ubuntu, I try to find where is the bug if you read this line you are among first users, please contact me if you find a bug.

First use

(1) Open a .xmind file: Click this button redButton

(2) Select a mode: mode

  • Inside the map: anki document will be generated inside of the card (accessible from the root topic) 
  • Outside the map (recommended): .anki document will be generated in a folder specified by the user, and a link to the file will be created inside the root topic. 

  • Both (not recommanded): 2 independent Anki files are created, inside and outside. 

(3)  Choose the folder where the anki file will be created .  anki

(4)  Indicate the location and name the document XMind to be created (the application does not overwrite the original document specified by the user, but create a new one). 
However, you can overwrite the old version by specifying the same location: output

(5) Launch the application by that button run

(6) Once the execution is complete, open your new XMind file and click on the Anki icon on the root topic, the anki file should pop out:

Note: The default behavior consider that every nodes are considered as "questions" and that all their child are the associated "answers"
Many options are available to refine your default export options in the tabs and filter options.



  • Boxes and preselection preselection answer questions : if checked, every nodes are considered as a "questions" and all their child are the associated "answers"
  • Lock boxes work with the tab "filter options", they indicate that the option selected on the left is locked without exception (ie whatever the filters are)
  • All boxes starting with "keep" concerned what is exported into Anki cards.
    • hyperlinks
    • Notes
    • Labels
    • style (bold, underline, colors ...)
    • pictures
    • Markers
  • AVOID empty topics can replace an empty node by its children.
  • AVOID singleton prevents the display of a node-response if it has no brother, the program adds the child list of node-response
  • Rank filter is an interesting option to generate couples questions / answers if and only if the topic-question is:
    • [> X-close from the root topic ] X = forwardfilter 
    • [< Y-close from a branch] Y = backward keeper
    Explanation: End nodes are generally the most interesting to keep, so the "Rank filter" eliminates nodes that are too close to the central node or too far from the final branches.


Here a shord vid (1min) introducing the filters i recommend, and how to use it. It may also give a concrete example

here is the map related to the video

This tab is document available only when you have selected a .XMind file. 
Explanation: It scans the attributes of your .XMind file in order to allow you to associate properties! 
Filter_options is ideal for users who want to use personnal codes to export their .XMind file in a precise way. You can add as many filters as you want, your options will be kept. 

  • box when: corresponds to the attribute chosen attribute.  This can be: a color, a label, a particular style (bold underlined etc ...), a marker, an image, etc ...
  • DO box: matches "do / do not" (usefull to express the contrary of the selected action)
  • 3 rd box (ACTION): allows you to associate a property, this list of properties depends on the options you have in "lock" tab default_options.  The more you "lock" , the less you have properties in this field. All the properties in this found correspond to the the general options in default options options.  Only one stands out: "replace by childs", this indicates that when the node in question is taken as a question, he takes with him all his children-nodes.  This option is useful when you have to take a part of your map as an answer.
  • 4th box (inheritance): This block is used to inherit a property to the childrens, childrens of children..etc (see 3rd example)
Note: when two filters are contradictory, the one which concerns the smallest number of items wins. 


  • f1 This implies that when the label (yellow label) ">>" is found on your paper then all nodes that follow will be considered as questions / answers.

  • f2 This implies that when the marker "Red Star" is found on your paper it is not considered as a question.

  • f2 This implies that when a node is written in bold on your sheet, all the rest of the tree is considered the answer to this question. 

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