Best Free Word Cloud Generators For Creating Word Art

What Is A Word Cloud?

A word cloud (also known as a tag cloud or word art) is a simple visualization of data, in which words are shown in varying sizes depending on how often they appear in your data.

Whether analyzing product reviews or tweets, visualizing sentiments in word clouds, or simply creating a word cloud for a presentation, there are many free word cloud generators that can help you perform basic text analysis, and spot trends and patterns at a glance.

In this example, below, we used MonkeyLearn’s AI word cloud generator to analyze a set of hotel reviews, and immediately discovered topics that customers mention most often, as well as what they value most.

Word cloud example showing words frequently mentioned in hotel reviews.

Aspects like “room”, “staff”, “location”, and “breakfast” appear larger in the word cloud. A closer look reveals positive sentiments towards some of these topics: “friendly staff”, “great location”, and “good value”.

If you want to gain quick insights from your data, take a look at the word cloud generators below to see which one best fits your needs.

1. MonkeyLearn’s WordCloud Generator

MonkeyLearn's cloud creator is a new, free tool on the market that’s equipped with artificial intelligence (AI). It’s powerful AI capabilities allow it to deliver much more accurate and unique results than other word cloud tools.

For example, MonkeyLearn’s word cloud generator can automatically detect collocations (words that often go together) to create word clouds with phrases. It can also reduce words to their root form, a process known as stemming, and determine which words are most relevant by measuring how rare, descriptive, and how long a word is – instead of just measuring word frequency.

You can also customize your results in MonkeyLearn’s cloud generator by changing fonts, color schemes, word quantity, and theme. You might also want to use the text editor to filter out irrelevant words, profanity, or special characters.

Finally, you have the option to download your high-definition word art in PNG and SVG formats, and you can even download your raw data (frequency and relevance scores) in a CSV file.

2. WordArt

WordArt, previously Tagul, is a popular word cloud generator, known for its wide variety of designs. You can customize fonts, layouts, and color, and choose from custom shapes. This tool also offers some pre-processing options like stemming, and removing common words and numbers.

Once you’ve generated your word art, you can edit the number and density of words that appear in the word cloud, rotate words, add links, and more.

WordArt offers a freemium model but you'll need to upgrade to the paid version of the word cloud generator if you want to download high-quality word art, which might be useful if you are planning to print your word cloud.

3. WordClouds.com

WordClouds.com is a very user-friendly tag cloud creator with plenty of options to customize your word clouds. Choose from a variety of themes, colors, fonts, sizes, and custom shapes to create impressive word art.

As well as plenty of formatting options, WordClouds.com allows you to manually edit your word list. You also have the option to analyze web pages, just by pasting a URL into the source field – a cool feature that helps you discover the most frequent keywords your competitors are using!

4. WordItOut

WordItOut is a simple and effective word cloud generator. It recognizes emojis and a variety of symbols, and allows you to edit your stop word list so you can ignore words that you don’t want to appear in your word cloud. You can also highlight word pairs or phrases by adding a hyphen or tilde (~) between words, for example, ‘word-cloud’.

Change font, color, layout, word size to customize your word cloud, then save and send your word cloud directly to your email.

5. Jason Davies

Jason Davies’ is a Wordle-inspired word cloud generator written in JavaScript and available on GitHub under an open source license as d3-cloud. 

Its layout algorithm focuses on positioning words without overlap, allowing you to tweak parameters like scale and angle of inclination. Generate archimedean or rectangular spiral layouts, change word quantity, then export your word cloud in SVG. However, its interface is far less user-friendly than isn’t as inviting as other word cloud creators on the list, and you can’t change the color of your word cloud.

6. Wordle

Wordle is one of the earliest word cloud generators on the scene and a favorite among word cloud users. It may have fewer customization options than other tools, but it’s straightforward to use and generates delightful word art.

There’s a web version, but it doesn’t work with all devices, since Wordle uses a technology, Java applets, that's barely supported these days. Instead, install the desktop version of Wordle from the homepage.

7. TagCrowd

TagCrowd is a word cloud generator developed by a Stanford graduate. This cloud creator values efficiency and accuracy over aesthetics, supports more than 10 languages, and automatically groups similar words using the Porter Stemming algorithm.

 

You can set a frequency criteria for your word cloud, indicate words that you want to exclude, and choose to show frequency values beside each word.

8. Abcya

Abcya is a favorite among kids and teachers. It’s fun, playful, and makes word cloud creation incredibly easy. You can choose the number of words you’d like to display, font, a color palette, and a layout (there are a few basic options).

This word art generator also includes a filter for stop words, and lets you “randomize” (reorganize the words randomly) words.

9. Tagxedo

Tagxedo is an online word cloud tool that allows users to create word-based insights from URLs, tweets, blogs, and much more. Customization options include changing fonts, themes, orientation, and shapes. You can also import your own fonts and images for custom word cloud shapes.

To use the word cloud generator, you’ll need to download Microsoft Silverlight which is only supported in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

10. Mentimeter

Mentimeter is an interactive presentation platform, which includes an in-built word cloud feature.

It’s one of Mentimeter's most popular question types and lets the audience input one or two-word answers to questions like ‘how are you feeling today?’, to create word clouds in real time.

While you’re presenting, you can watch the word cloud grow as participants submit their answers. Just sign up to Mentimeter, choose the free plan, and start creating live word clouds with your audience.

Create a Word Cloud in 3 Simple Steps

Ready to create your first word cloud? Here’s a short tutorial on how to create unique tag clouds with MonkeyLearn’s WordCloud generator:

  • Upload data to the word cloud generator. Paste your text or upload a text file, then click ‘generate word cloud’

Word cloud generator interface. First step: upload data source.

  • Click on 'Generate cloud'. Your data will be processed automatically to create the word cloud.

Word cloud generator interface. Second step: create a word cloud.

  • Customize your word cloud! In the toolbar, change theme, font, and word quantity. If you need to, you can also edit the original text. 

Word cloud generator interface. Third step: customize word cloud.

  • Download your word cloud. Once you’re happy with the results, download your word cloud in one of two formats. You can even download your raw data (the relevance and frequency scores).

Options to download images of your word cloud.

Get Started with MonkeyLearn's WordCloud Generator

Word clouds are an excellent way of simplifying and presenting qualitative data, such as survey responses, product reviews, or social media posts. They create impact, make ideas easier to understand and help you gain insights from text data in the blink of an eye.

Want to present topics that are mentioned most often in your data? Build a word cloud with MonkeyLearn’s word cloud generator for a quick overview.

Word clouds are just the beginning of your text analysis journey. If you want to get more valuable insights from your data, visit MonkeyLearn Studio, and discover advanced text analysis tools that take your word clouds further.

Rachel Wolff

March 18th, 2020