Many of you have likely been disappointed by prior map-making software, so a healthy degree of skepticism is expected. That is why I am making the MapForge software publicly available. Download the software and try it out for yourself, in order to evaluate it. Take the program for a spin to see if this is the program you want/expect it to be.

But do keep in mind that it is an early v1.0 release, and it still contains some bugs (though I try to issue fixes promptly). Note that some features such as the draw/paint tools and support for Textures are not expected until MapForge v1.1, and that all MapForge v1.x releases will be free updates for both licensed and unlicensed users.

Click here to download MapForge v1.0.2 for Windows (Zip, 27.1 MB)

Click here to download MapForge v1.0.2 for Mac OS X (DMG, 36.5 MB)

The software comes with a free content Add-On included (pre-installed), so that newcomers have some assets to play around with immediately. But there’s much more free content available, so be sure to download it using the link below.

Click here to download 10 free content Add-Ons for MapForge (Zip, 1.54 GB)

If you had already downloaded and installed the Add-On bundle into a previous (possibly even a Beta) release, just drag over the Add-On files to this new release’s “Add-Ons” folder. Don’t forget, however, that one of the Add-Ons had to be re-released, so make sure you have the updated version.

Important Tip: Some users have reported errors (in the Beta releases) when all the Add-Ons were loaded/active at once. Simply disabling the “Jade Halls of Nys” Add-On (the biggest Add-On of the 10, and thus the most memory-intensive) should help prevent out-of-memory errors. You deactivate an Add-On by moving it to the “Disabled Add-Ons” folder prior to launching MapForge. It is likely/hoped that changes and optimizations in v1.0 will allow users to have more Add-Ons enabled at once.


Technical Tips

All users: If you see a message asking that you please install ShockWave, don’t. Shockwave is not required. Most likely, you have not heeded one or more of the instructions provided below. MapForge is entirely self-contained, meaning you don’t need to install any additional software or frameworks. If you see a message to that effect, ignore it; the problem lies elsewhere (contact me for troubleshooting assistance once you’ve tried all the suggestions below).

Windows users: It’s recommended that you unzip the downloaded file using the built-in Windows unzipping utility, rather than a third-party tool, and to not attempt to launch MapForge from within the uncompressed Zip file. Don’t install MapForge in your Programs directory. If you want to launch MapForge from your desktop, don’t simply move the executable there. It needs to reside in the same folder it comes in so that it can access the Support Files, Xtras, etc. Instead, drag an Alias of the MapForge app to your desktop.

Users with Windows 10 64-bit OS are advised to place MapForge in the “Program Files (x86)” folder (since MapForge is a 32-bit app), and to run MapForge as an administrator and in 32-bit compatibility mode (instructions for that can be found here).

Mac OS Sierra or High Sierra users: Depending on your computer’s security settings, it’s possible that Mac OS’s Gatekeeper feature will not allow the program to launch unless you first follow the “special measures” mentioned here (if you launch MapForge and it immediately starts asking you for files it can’t locate, it’s a sign that you may not have properly followed those one-time instructions.). In “System Preferences > Security & Privacy”, you should set it to “Allow software from identified developers”.MapForge, in its current state, currently only works for a small portion of High Sierra users. For most others, the program crashes shortly after launching it. We are working towards making the program run well for all High Sierra users. Keep an eye out for v1.0.3, which is due for release soon.

I advise everyone to read the included “ReadMe” document, since by doing so you’ll discover lots of stuff you can do that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

Feedback Requested

Please provide feedback to let me know what you like, what you don’t, to suggest improvements, report bugs or to request features. Email me at support (at)

What’s Next

The next release, due out shortly, will seek to provide performance increases and additional bug fixes, as well as hopefully the ability to run well/consistently under Mac OS X High Sierra.