Bow tie diagram

Visio shapes stencil and template
for Microsoft ® Visio ® 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2019/Visio for Office 365,
Omnigraffle Pro, SmartDraw, MyDraw, ConceptDraw Pro and Lucidchart Pro

Bow tie diagrams

Bow tie diagrams are used in many parts of business and industry as a tool for conducting safety and risk assessments and the analysis, prevention and mitigation of risks.

These stencils (both metric and US units) contain 20 shapes in 2 stencils for creating risk analysis bow tie diagrams very quickly within Microsoft Visio, ideal for presentations, management overviews and safety manuals.
The template controls routing of connectors.

These shapes can also show different levels of threat, hazard etc by changing the shape border to, for example, red, yellow or green. threat with red border

Example diagram

Watch a video of a diagram being created with these shapes

Download a free trial containing some sample shapes

1. Zip file for simple Visio installation or for non-Visio use

ZIP file for Visio 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2019 and non-Visio use.

A zip file containing sample stencils and templates in VSS, VSX and VSSX format.   Download   updated: 7th November 2019   size: 194kB

ZIP file instructions

  • Visio
    1. In the "My Shapes" folder create a new folder "Bowtie diagrams"
    2. Unzip the zip file into this new folder
    3. Follow the instructions at How to make new templates visible
    4. Start Visio
    5. The shapes will be visible from the
      (Visio 2003/2007) File -> Shapes menu
      (Visio 2010/2013/2016/2019) More Shapes menu
    6. The templates will be visible at the
      (Visio 2003/2007) File -> New menu
      (Visio 2010/2013/2016/2019) New file screen
  • Omnigraffle Pro, MyDraw, ConceptDraw Pro and Lucidchart Pro and other drawing programs
    1. Unzip the file
    2. Follow instructions for your software to import Visio stencils.

2. MSI installer file for Visio

MSI installer for Visio 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019

A Windows installer .msi file for Visio 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 containing sample shapes in Visio stencils and two templates (US and metric) in vss, vsx and vssx format. Use the format that works best in your version of Visio.
Visio_bowtie_sampler.msi   Download   updated: 7th November 2019   size: 512kB

MSI file installation instructions

  1. This download is digitally signed for your safety and security.
  2. Please ensure Visio is closed before installing these shapes.
  3. Just run the downloaded installer. Shortcuts to the templates will be added to your desktop, start menu and the Visio start screen. The template and stencils will be found under the category "Bowtie diagrams".

This software works with:

  • Microsoft Visio 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019 (any version, Standard, Professional or Premium) and Visio for Office 365.
  • ConceptDraw Pro on Mac OSX and Windows.
  • SmartDraw.
  • Lucidchart Pro.
  • MyDraw.
  • Omnigraffle Pro on the Mac and iPad.


The current version is V2.22.0 dated 7th November 2019.


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Site licences : All commercial and educational/academic site licences come with free updates for 3 years.

Educational/Academic Site Licence

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Commercial Site Licence

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Recent new/changed shapes

V2.22 - 7th November 2019

  • Improved installers to include all file formats (vss. vsx and vssx)

V2.21 - 9th April 2019

  • Improved text location and sizing on Control shape
  • Removed unused control on shapes

V2.17 - 6th June 2017

  • Added vertical connector shape

The stencil