What is Flowchart Connector?

Flowchart Connectors, are flowchart symbols used to connect one part of a flowchart to another. According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, there are two types of flowchart connectors: on-page connector and off-page connector.

On-page Connector: Pairs of on-page connecter are used to replace long lines on a flowchart page.

Off-page Connector: An off-page connector is used when the target is on another page.

Flowchart connectors are used to show the beginning and end of an object. The first shape is always the starting point, which is also referred to as the root. The last shape is called the sink. Connectors are necessary due to how shapes can be repeated more than once in a flowchart, but it doesn't show where the repeated objects start or end - this is where connectors come into play.

Off-page Flowchart Connectors
Off-page Connectors

How to use Flowchart Connector?

Flowchart Connectors are always used in pairs. The first connector denotes the end of an object. The second connector denotes where the flowchart / object continues. Add text inside the on-page or off-page connectors to pair them up. See example below:

on-page flowchart connector
On-page Flowchart Connectors

What is the difference between flowchart connector and flow lines?

In practice, flow lines are the connecting lines in the flowchart which show how each step is connected to another. A flow line can be used when there are two or more branching paths that lead to different places. On the other hand, flowchart connectors are described as shapes, not lines. Flowchart Connectors are used to connect different parts of a flowchart.