REXPaint demo

What is REXPaint?

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


The latest version can always be found on the Downloads page.

REXPaint is Windows-only, but runs nicely under Wine in Linux/OSX.


  • 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
  • Export .ANS files for ANSI art
  • Other exportable formats: TXT, CSV, XML, XPM, BBCode, C:DDA
  • Import .TXT files
  • Skinnable interface

See these features in action on the Features page.


Check out some works by REXPaint users. Click any image to see it at full size.

More on the Gallery page. Also see projects that make use of REXPaint here.