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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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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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Shannon W September 15, 2020 3:17 pm UTC

Good product.

I'd like 'flat top' to be better supported; unless I want parchment/pirate maps I'm at a disadvantage here, and if I'm doing faux pirate maps, I'm not using hexes. Please consider even a simple B&W flat top set included going forward.

Overlays: is there a way to move/slide or scale the overlays? I'm trying to put a color-coded political layer over the map, and I can't find anyway to manipulate it. I keep re-sizing it in my image editor, but no matter what I do, it's not covering the very top or very bottom of the map.

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Mikael S August 02, 2020 5:57 pm UTC
Is there the ability to move the layers up and down in the stack, change the order of them?
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Mikael S August 02, 2020 6:47 pm UTC
nm, figured it out. love the app!
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cecil H August 02, 2020 6:53 pm UTC
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Tri N June 11, 2020 12:16 am UTC
Hi Cecil. Two super basic questions on Linux because there are no instructions I can find.

1) Do I just unpack the Hotfix version ( and use it, or do I need to copy the Hotfix version over the regular version (

2) I am using a Chromebook and trying to run this in a Linux container. How do I start the program? I assumed that 'Hex Kit' is the executable, but when I issue the command 'Hex-Kit' , it says command not found. This is true even after I changed permissions to make it executable.

Thank you.
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cecil H June 11, 2020 1:04 am UTC
the hot fix version of linux is for folks with a harfbuzz issue, and the regular one is for other linux folks, they are both the same thing except for that one difference (we're working on reaching parity as we speak). if one works for you, you don't need the other. also, i am not sure about linux containers and chromebooks—chrome OS is not an operating system we support but if you're running it in a container you might be able to use " chmod +x ./Hex Kit "
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Tri N June 11, 2020 2:39 pm UTC
Much appreciated. I was able to change permissions on that file just fine (except I had to put single quotes around 'Hex Kit'). I just can't execute 'Hex Kit' for some reason.

No worries, I can use the Mac version until I figure this out.

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Tri N June 20, 2020 6:37 pm UTC
With help, I figured it out. I had to issue the command in this fashion (from within the Hex Kit folder):


And then it worked. 'Hex Kit' or HexFORWARDSLASH Kit by itself wasn't enough. You need the ./ at the beginning, too, otherwise it looks through PATH for the Hex Kit folder and it's not in PATH.
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Bugbear J May 22, 2020 3:45 pm UTC
I purchased Hex Kit as a part of a bundle on The linux app won't open since I updated my OS. Has this been an issue for others?
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cecil H May 22, 2020 3:54 pm UTC
hi matt; there is a regular linux version in 32/64bit and a version with a specific hotfix in 32/64. have you tried both?
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Bugbear J May 23, 2020 3:07 am UTC
Hi Cecil! Thanks for getting in touch so quickly. Yes, I tried all the combinations of 32/64 bit w/wo hotfix. I finally reinstalled an old favorite distro running based off an earlier version of Ubuntu and now everything is working again. I wonder if it's something specific with the new Ubuntu 20.04 update. Beyond my current ability to understand.

Either way, I'm back in action. Thanks for Hex Kit. It's super slick and fun. Worth changing distros for, lol!
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Tri N June 11, 2020 2:41 pm UTC
I issue the command 'Hex Kit' from the command line (after making it executable) and nothing happens. Is that what you were seeing? This is using the Linux container on a Chrome OS laptop.
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Bugbear J June 13, 2020 5:51 pm UTC
Yes. I wasn't on ChromeOS, though. I was using Pop!_OS 20.04. Worked again once I reverted to my previous distro based on Ubuntu v. 18.04. I'm not a technical linux user, so that's all I can really share.
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RS P October 26, 2021 11:35 pm UTC
Argh. I wouldn't have bought this if I'd read that it doesn't work on Ubuntu 20.04. Not downgrading. Caveat Emptor.
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Bugbear J November 02, 2021 2:30 pm UTC
I got it working across a bunch of different distros. Here's how I do it. Sorry if this sounds/looks goofy, I'm not a pro-star Linux user. This is just what I do to make it work:

How to open:

1) Open terminal in the main Hex Kit folder. (maybe right click on the file browser window and click 'open in terminal')
2) type in ./"Hex Kit" and hit enter

If that doesn't work, then first do this.

1) Open terminal in the Hex Kit folder same as above
2) type in chmod +x ./"Hex Kit" then hit enter

Then do the first bit again.

I'm running Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon right now and the above works for me.

Good luck, it really is a lovely program.
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Jan M June 11, 2022 3:43 pm UTC
This worked for me. Running Ubuntu 20. Thanks.

1) `chmod +x Hex Kit`
2) `./Hex Kit`
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Danielle T May 06, 2020 3:59 pm UTC
Hi, a couple of questions:

1) are there any plans to launch a feature to allow people to search for specific tiles?
2) are there any plans to release a pack with creature markers?
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cecil H May 06, 2020 4:12 pm UTC
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Paul U April 14, 2020 12:36 am UTC
Hi Cecil, loving Hex Kit on Mac, except for one small thing... Is it possible to add the ability to disable zoom using the scroll-wheel. Using a magic mouse on a Mac is just crazy, the slightest mistouch sends the map zooming in and out all over the place, usually resulting in unintended edits (and some cursing).
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Tia B March 26, 2020 1:27 pm UTC
has anyone tried uploading their maps to Astral? do we know if it works okay?
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