Bow tie diagram

Visio shapes stencil and template
for Microsoft ® Visio ® 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2019/Microsoft 365 Visio Online Plan 1 and Plan 2,
SmartDraw, ConceptDraw Pro, Lucidchart Pro, MyDraw, Omnigraffle Pro, and Libre Office

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.

This stencil contains 10 shapes in 1 stencils (1 metric and 1 US units) 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

A video on YouTube of a diagram being created with these shapes

Download a free trial containing some demonstration sample shapes

1. MSI installer file for Visio 2013, 2016 and 2019

unblockAfter downloading this software, look in your downloads folder, right-click on the file and select "Properties". At the bottom of the dialog box will be this message as shown to the right. Ensure "Unblock" is selected.

A Windows installer .msi file for Visio 2013, 2016 and 2019 containing sample shapes in Visio stencils and two templates (US and metric)
bowtie_sampler.msi   Download   updated: 24th January 2021   size: 461kB

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 file "bowtie_sampler.msi". 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 sampler".
  4. After installation you will find the templates on your Start menu like this:
    Bowtie sampler on Start menu
  5. and you will find the new shapes in Visio like this:
    added shapes menu

2. Zip file for Visio 2003, 2007, 2010, Visio Online Plan 1 and Plan 2 and all other applications

A zip file containing sample stencils and templates in VSS, VSX, VSSX and VSDX formats as well as installation instructions. Create a folder named Bowtie in your My Documents -> My Shapes folder and unzip this file into that folder. Use the stencil format that works best in your version of Visio.   Download   updated: 23rd January 2021   size: 233kB

After installation you will find the new shapes like this:
added shapes menu

This software works with:

  • Microsoft Visio 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019 (any version, Standard, Professional or Premium)
  • Microsoft 365 Visio Online Plan 1 and Plan 2.
  • ConceptDraw Pro on Mac OSX and Windows.
  • SmartDraw.
  • Lucidchart Pro.
  • MyDraw.
  • Omnigraffle Pro on the Mac and iPad.
  • Libre Office Draw.


The current version is V2.24.0 dated 15th January 2021.


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Bowtie for Visio

  • Stencils: 1
  • Shapes: 10
  • Download size: 0.5MB

$ 15.00

Information on Educational and Commercial Site licenses.

Recent new/changed shapes

V2.24Jan 2021 Improved text resizing
V2.23Sep 2020 Added files suitable for use with Microsoft 365 Plan 1 Visio and Libre Office Draw
V2.22Nov 2019 Improved installers to include all file formats (vss, vsx and vssx)
V2.21Apr 2019 Improved text location and sizing on Control shape
Removed unused control on shapes
V2/17Jun 2017 Added vertical connector shape

The stencil