A downloadable tool for Windows

CharPad is a graphics data editing tool that facilitates the production of graphics data in a format compatible with the legendary Commodore 64 home computer.

The program accurately simulates the C64's video formats and allows you to comfortably design character sets, tiles, fonts and maps for 2D video games and demos.

You can start a project from scratch using the built-in freehand painting tools or import and convert any existing bitmap image into a C64 compatible tile map using various tile sizes from 1 x 1 up to 10 x 10 characters (100 different sizes).

CharPad has been in development since 2003 and has been widely considered an essential weapon in modern C64 game development ever since.

New for the 2.8.6 version...

  • Tons of bug-fixes, maintenance and performance improvements. 
  • Brand new Win32 and Win64 executables now accompany the .NET version.

New for the 2.6 version...

  •  Export - One-click export of all essential binaries.
  •  Project - Conversion from per-char to per-tile colouring.
  •  General - Maximum tile size is now 10 x 10.
  •  General - Countless code optimizations and bug-fixes.
  •  Compressor - Sort characters by colour (ascending).
  •  Compressor - Sort tiles by colour (ascending).
  •  Image import - Increased capacity up to 500,000 character images.
  •  Image import - Much faster algorithm.
  •  Binary/Text export - Map data by selected area only.
  •  Text export - Char/Tile usage statistics.
  •  Map editor - Box highlighting of "current" cell.
  •  Map editor - Area fill (solid/incremental).
  •  Map editor - Delete row/column.
  •  Map editor - Insert blank row/column.
  •  Map editor - Dimensions of the selected area shown in status bar.
  •  Tile editor - Char "Picker" tool.
  •  Editors/sets - Next/Previous item with keyboard shortcuts.
  •  Editors/sets - Zoom level in status bar.
  •  Editors/sets - Zoom level shortcut (CTRL + mouse wheel).
  •  Sets - Mouse wheel for vertical scroll.
  •  Sets - Box highlighting of "current" items (left/right mouse buttons).
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorSubchrist Software
Tags2D, char-editor, Commodore 64, map-editor, subchrist, tile-editor

Install instructions

This software is portable, it requires no installation,  you just need to unzip the package to a location on your computer and run the executable from this location or create a shortcut to the executable on your desktop.


CharPadFree286_v2.zip 4 MB

Development log


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Great release! thanks.

Do you know what would be great? To have some sort of "projects", where you can have more than one map designed with the same char/tile set, but possibly with different colors... 

Anyway thanks for what you do already!

Hello, I'm interested in supporting. What formats does this allow you to export in? Can you please add some info on this and/or screenshots of the export features?