A Comprehensive Guide to Flowchart with 50+ Examples

A Comprehensive Guide to Flowchart with 50+ Examples

Flowcharts are used in analyzing, designing, documenting or managing a process or program in various fields. This diagrammatic representation illustrates a solution to a given problem. Like other types of diagrams, they help visualize what is going on and thereby help the viewer to understand a process, and perhaps also find flaws, bottlenecks, and other less-obvious features within it. A flowchart represents an algorithm or process, showing the steps as boxes of various kinds, and their order by connecting them with arrows.

Evolution of Flowchart

Flowcharts used to be a popular means for describing computer algorithms and are still used for this purpose. Modern techniques such as UML activity diagrams can be considered to be extensions of the flowchart.

In the 1970s the popularity of flowcharts as an own method decreased when interactive computer terminals and third-generation programming languages became the common tools of the trade, since algorithms can be expressed much more concisely as source code in such a language, and also because designing algorithms using flowcharts was more likely to result in spaghetti code because of the need for ?goto? statements to describe arbitrary jumps in control flow.

Flowchart Notation

Different flow chart symbols have different meanings. The most common flow chart symbols are:

  • Terminator: Elongated circles, which signify the start or end of a process.
  • Process: A rectangular flow chart shape indicating a normal process flow step (instructions or actions).
  • Decision: A diamond flow chart shape indication a branch in the process flow.decisions that must be made
  • Connector: A small, labeled, circular flow chart shape used to indicate a jump in the process flow. (Shown as the circle with the letter ?A?, below.)
  • Data: A parallelogram that indicates data input or output (I/O) for a process.
  • Document: Used to indicate a document or report (see image in sample flow chart below).

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Flowchart Example: Should I Bring an Umbrella?

This example show how a person decides whether he/she should bring an umbrella when living home. This simple diagram demonstrates the uses decisions and processes.

Visual Paradigm Online offers an online platform for users creating flowchart and others. Start making your flowchart by clicking Create Blank or Use This Diagram.

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Flowchart Example: Medical Services

This flowchart shows the flow of a patient when entering a clinic using processes, decisions and loops.

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Flowchart Example: Linking Flowcharts

Business flowcharts can be used to show a business process or workflow. To reduce complexity, a big flowchart can be split into multiple pages or diagrams. Different flowcharts can be linked with On-page and Off-page reference. This is a flowchart example that shows you the use of such symbol in connecting with another flowchart.

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50+ Flowchart Examples and Templates

  • Free Flowchart examples and templates editable in an online Flowchart software:
  • Visual Paradigm Online ? Use the templates as a starting point to create your own Flowchart.

Cooking an Egg

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Snow Storm Solution

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Vending Machine

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Stored Value Smart Card

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Healthcare Programme for People Over 40 Years Old

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Vacuum Robot

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Pneumatic Door

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Found Food in Fridge

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Should I Cycle to School Today?

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Travel Plan

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Alarm Clock

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Crossing Traffic

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Simple Grading System

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Product Lanuch Event Planning

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Criminal Process

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Student Admission Process

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Car Rental Service

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Simple Mathematics Algorithm

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Fire Evacuation Plan

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Solid Waste Processing

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Customer Service

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Boarding Plane

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Cheque Deposit

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Simple Coffee Machine

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Way to Commute

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Online Shopping Process

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Secondary Education

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Riding a Train

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Firmware Update

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Emergency Hotline

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[Starting Franchise

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Heater Control

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Computer Diagnosis

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Supply Request

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Traffic Control

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Cancer Therapy Process

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Airplane Passenger Routine

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Requesting Taxi

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Credit Card Payment Process

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Accident Evaluation

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Taxi Driver Workflow

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University Application Process

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Post Operation Recovery

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Transfer Patient

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Login Process

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Should I Bring an Umbrella?

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Organ Donation

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Medical Services

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What Schools Am I Qualified to Apply?

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Hiring Process

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Make a Toast

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Calculate Profit and Loss

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Hand Washing

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Online Order System

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Linking Flowcharts (Part II)

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Linking Flowcharts (Part I)

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Census with a Article Updated in Wikipedia

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Ordering Food

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A Daily Timetable of a School Boy

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Selection Sort

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Input Hour Pay

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Withdraw Cash

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Computer Maintenance

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