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Hex Kit: Desktop App


Hex Kit is a desktop application for building hex maps to be used with table top role playing games. Rather than being bogged down by complicated functions, Hex Kit is built to be intuitive and quick to use with an emphasis on art.


  • Multi Platform: Hex Kit runs native on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • Simple to Use: It has just the right tools you need to quickly put together a detailed map, as well as a few tools for displaying your map at the table.
  • Detail Variation: No need to hand pick each tile as you build your map; pick a hex style and the software randomizes the selection as you click and drag across the canvas. Tiles can be rotated and flipped with just a few mouse clicks as well. If you find the painting too broad, you can also select individual tiles.
  • Player Facing Display: Hex Kit has a display mode that shows your map in a separate window; drag it to a second screen or show it on a projector. You can hide parts of the map with fog of war and reveal the map as needed. Changes made in paint mode update in the display window in real time. Did your players burn that village down? Delete it from the map, and it's gone.
  • Store Information: You can store a label with a description for each hex directly in the map.
  • Custom Tiles: Hex Kit comes with a small selection of old school themed, black & white tiles that you can use to get started. You can create and import your own tiles, purchase and install official tile sets illustrated by CONE team members, install tile sets from 3rd parties, or even cobble together tiles made from images found around the internet!
  • Export: Hex Kit will export your map as a PNG file that you can print or even use with a virtual table top.
  • Random Maps: If you're in a hurry, or just want to goof off, you can generate a random map and then edit it to fit your needs. You can even save your generator to use again later.
  • Internal API / Plugin Support: Hex Kit boasts in interal API; users willing to dig in to a little bit of JavaScript can create, run, and share plugins to get an extra mile out of Hex Kit.
  • Support For Both Orientations: Hex Kit now supports tiles that either have points up or faces up.
More Tiles: Hex Kit comes packed with classic, black & white tiles out of the box. Additional, full color hand illustrated tiles can be purchased downloaded here in our DTRPG store.

Installation: Installing Hex Kit is easy: download the zip file or dmg and extract it wherever you want. All you have to do is open the executable and you'll be making maps in no time. When updating to a new version of Hex Kit, simply download the new version and override the old one.

Terms of Use: By purchasing or downloading Hex Kit you agree to utilize Hex Kit art assets for personal use only unless given permission from Cone Of Negative Energy by means of a commercial license agreement. The Hex Kit software and all official Hex Kit art assets are copyright 2017 Cone Of Negative Energy. Full and expanded legal terms included with download. For tutorials and more information, visit hex-kit dot com.

NOTE: The Hex Kit desktop application only comes with black and white tiles; full color tiles are additional purchases. This version of the Hex Kit desktop app is the exact same version available in other marketplaces.

NOTE 2: I cannot help you with bugs or issues on this page or in the comments section. To solve whatever problem you might have you will need to navigate to the CONE website and email me your issue along with your operating system and the version number of Hex Kit you are using, and a screenshot of the error. I apologize for this, but to make sure things go well we need to exchange things that DTRPG has disabled in the comments section.

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John F November 12, 2023 1:17 am UTC
First, it disappoints me that the creator isn't responding to any of these discussions;

Second, I was wondering if there are options or if I could entice the creator to create options to use a different art set for use with a turn-based infantry combat game, ala Squad Leader?
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David D October 26, 2023 12:36 am UTC
I cannot get the Linux version to run in Ubuntu 22.04. The windows briefly open, then close. I've given permission to execute as a program. Does anyone have a fix for this? The publisher's website isn't working to reach out for help.
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Phil G October 25, 2023 7:41 am UTC
When going to tutorial I get the following:


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Josh F April 01, 2023 4:41 am UTC
loving this, im having one issue though. When i import hexplorer tiles(or any tiles) they tend to overlap and alter shape slightly? any ideas
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Marshall S February 08, 2023 11:02 pm UTC
Is this the 2.0 ver.?
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Horia M January 23, 2023 3:10 pm UTC
Hello, everyone! I've generated a few maps with this and really love it, but there's a weird freeze: after I open a Hex Kit file I have previously saved, I cannot zoom in or out, cannot pan the map in the view window, nor can I modify the file in any way!
Has anyone else encountered this?
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Eric B January 25, 2023 8:55 pm UTC
I have also been having this issue!
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Ítalo Leone C December 30, 2022 2:26 am UTC
Hey guys, the windows for Quick Generate and for Import Tiles are broken for me, staying in gray when I click in these options! I've tried to reinstall, but still doesn't work. Someone help!
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Jon P August 01, 2022 9:59 pm UTC
What’s a good thing to run this with after I’ve downloaded it?
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Harold A May 31, 2022 3:11 pm UTC
I purchased this product from because I stumbled on it there. Didn't realize it was for sale here. Don't try to use this product if you're on Linux. I cannot get it to work and cannot get a response to requests for assistance from the author.
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Aaron S February 03, 2022 6:22 pm UTC
Probably a stupid question, but my legalese is weak.

Am I able to include maps that I make in Hex Kit in my own commercial RPG releases, or is that a copyright violation?
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Aaron S February 03, 2022 6:40 pm UTC
Never mind, I found the answer to my question.
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Christopher N November 15, 2021 1:11 am UTC
How does one add kingdom/country borders to the map?
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Brandon L November 01, 2021 4:18 pm UTC
Any chance this could get updated to work on 20.04 kernels for Linux?
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Zachary J May 12, 2021 2:19 pm UTC
Is there a way to make the boarders on the hexes not so thick?
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Joey C March 24, 2021 3:21 am UTC
Is there a way to add additional fonts?
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Zachary M February 03, 2021 9:58 pm UTC
I'm stoked to use this product on my Western Marches games. I'm curious about one of the listed features:

"Store Information: You can store a label with a description for each hex directly in the map."

Does this feature enable keying each Hex? I infer from the wording to mean it does, but I was hoping you could confirm. What kind of information can be stored and in what ways can this information be displayed? I'd like to make Hex-maps with Hex-keys like those by Save vs Total Party Kill. Is that a feasible process within this software, or should I expect to create a separate sheet/doc to input summary for Hexes.
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Reuben C December 20, 2020 9:33 am UTC
The pointy up hex orientation is an odd choice.
all my other hex map utilities are flat side up, so importing hexes is difficult,
there isn't a "flat top" template available either.
Better support for "flat top" hexes please!
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