A downloadable powerful ASCII editor for Windows

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REXPaint is a powerful and user-friendly ASCII art editor. Use a wide variety of tools to create ANSI block/line art, roguelike mockups and maps, UI layouts, and for other game development needs. Originally an in-house dev tool used by Grid Sage Games for traditional roguelike development, this software has been made available to other developers and artists free of charge. While core functionality and tons of features already exist, occasional updates are known to happen. Unlock your retro potential; join thousands of other REXPaint users today :D


  • Edit characters, foreground, and background colors separately
  • Draw shapes and text
  • Copy/cut/paste areas
  • Undo/redo changes
  • Preview effects simply by hovering the cursor over the canvas
  • Palette manipulation
  • Image-wide color tweaking and palette swaps
  • True-color RGB/HSV/hex color picker
  • Create multi-layered images
  • Zooming: Scale an image by changing font size on the fly
  • Custom fonts and support for extended characters and tilesets
  • Browse art assets and begin editing at the press of a button
  • Images highly compressed
  • Export PNGs for use in other programs or on the web
  • Import/export .ANS files for ANSI art
  • Other exportable formats: TXT, CSV, XML, XPM, BBCode, C:DDA
  • Import .TXT files
  • Skinnable interface

A complete manual is included with the download, but you can also check it out here if you like (pure text, so if you view it directly in a browser make sure word wrapping is on).

See many of REXPaint's features in action below:

Using shape and text tools

Using shape and text tools

REXPaint copy/paste/flip/rotate tools

Copy-paste tools (includes flipping/rotation

REXPaint undo/redo editing functionality

Unlimited undo/redo history that remembers every possible image edit

REXPaint fill tool w/preview functionality

Automatically preview effects under cursor (demonstrated here with the fill tool)

REXPaint palette manipulation

Convenient palette manipulation commands

REXPaint color picker (brightness mode)

Color picker (brightness mode)

REXPaint layerwise editing

Edit multiple layers separately

REXPaint font swapping/zooming/scaling

Font-swapping enables zooming/scaling (or loading of completely different font styles)

REXPaint image browser

Built-in browser for quick editing, file manipulation, and copying between images

REXPaint skin themes

Use one of three included color themes for the interface, or easily make your own

Add custom fonts and even tilesets, including the option to work with more than 256 glyphs/tiles


You can find a large collection of palettes, fonts, libraries, and guides on the website's Resources page.

REXPaint Resources (Condensed) 2018

The Gallery contains a collection of images created by various REXPaint users over the years.

REXPaint Gallery (Condensed) 2018

Talk with the developer and other REXPaint users (and share your work!) on the forums.

Installation and troubleshooting info can be found in the included readme file.  Although the download is only available for Windows, REXPaint works perfectly in Wine so using it on Mac/Linux is possible, too.


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

REXPaint.zip 764 kB

Development log