Tools/Level editors

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Making maps for Unvanquished requires some tools. They are all free.

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Note

The recommended level editor is NetRadiant.

See Getting started with NetRadiant for installing it and getting started.

Recommended tool load-out

You need:

  • The Unvanquished game itself, prefer installing the game with the Unvanquished launcher,
  • The NetRadiant level editor, it's a level editor based on id Software's GtkRadiant and maintained by the community with a focus on game compatibility,
  • The Unvanquished editor gamepack (provided with NetRadiant),
  • The Q3Map2 map compiler (provided with NetRadiant),
  • The DaemonMap navmesh generator (provided with NetRadiant).

When using another editor than NetRadiant (like GtkRadiant, see below), you may still need a gamepack, and you would still need the Q3Map2 and DaemonMap tools from NetRadiant: if another Radiant provides Q3Map2 don't use it, use the one from NetRadiant instead.

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Note: NetRadiant-custom will not work.

You may have heard of a fork named netradiant-custom by Garux and may be wondering if it can be used for mapping with Unvanquished. While it features very interesting things, it is unfortunately not compatible. NetRadiant-custom derivated from mainstream around 2014 and most of the development that happened upstream to support Unvanquished is missing:

  • No support for DPK game archives neither the DPKdir source repositories.
  • No support for WebP and CRN image formats used by the released game. Support of the PNG image format may be buggy.
  • The produced minimaps will not work in game (not all files are generated).
  • The Unvanquished gamepack doesn't work, some people even reported the editor crashes when loading it.

One good news though: support for IQM model format was recently added but we didn't tested this yet (it doesn't use the same library).

Level editors

Brush based editors require you to make your maps using constructive solid geometry (CSG). Most mapping tutorials for Quake-like games such as Unvanquished follow this method.

Polygon based editors give a larger focus on 2D shapes making up 3D ones, which can be more powerful but is more difficult to teach and learn. These editors generally support boolean operations, allowing them to be used like CSG editors, but with more difficulty.

It is recommended you start with NetRadiant.

Mapping tools compatibility on 2022-06-29: โœ… = yes, ๐Ÿฎฑ = yes (basic), โŒ = no, โ— = incomplete, โ” = to be verified, โฌ› = not applicable):

Mapping against released build: pkg, mapping against sources: src.

Tool Mapping against Filesystem Support Q3 brush Image formats Model formats Extra maps
Name Kind pkg src Pak­Path DPK DPK­dir Game­pack Ent­ities read write PNG WebP CRN MD3 IQM deluxe mini nav
Net­Radiant
๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…
editor โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โฌ› โฌ› โฌ›
q3map2 โœ… โœ… โœ… ๐Ÿฎฑ ๐Ÿฎฑ โœ… โฌ› โœ… โฌ› โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โฌ›
daemon­map โœ… โœ… โœ… ๐Ÿฎฑ ๐Ÿฎฑ โœ… โฌ› โœ… โฌ› โฌ› โฌ› โฌ› โฌ› โฌ› โฌ› โฌ› โœ…
Gtk­Radiant
๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…
editor โŒ ๐Ÿฎฑ โŒ ๐Ÿฎฑ ๐Ÿฎฑ โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… โฌ› โฌ› โฌ›
q3map2 โŒ โ— โŒ ๐Ÿฎฑ ๐Ÿฎฑ โœ… โฌ› โœ… โฌ› โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ โฌ›
Dark­Radiant
๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…
editor โŒ ๐Ÿฎฑ โŒ ๐Ÿฎฑ ๐Ÿฎฑ โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… โฌ› โฌ› โฌ›
Net­Radiant Custom
๐Ÿšซ
editor โŒ โŒ โŒ โŒ โŒ โ— โœ… โœ… โœ… โ— โŒ โŒ โœ… โ” โœ… โฌ› โฌ›
q3map2 โŒ โŒ โŒ โŒ โŒ โ— โฌ› โœ… โฌ› โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โ” โœ… โ— โฌ›

Mapping tools support on 2022-06-29 (โœ… = yes, โŒ = no)

Recommended and supported
๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…
Program Mapping method Libre Supported
Operating Systems
Last
stable
release
Notes
macOS Windows Linux
NetRadiant Brushes โœ… โœ… amd64 โœ… i686
โœ… amd64
โœ… amd64 Current
(2022)
Recommended and supported brush-based editor. It works out of the box with released game assets. You need this editor to contribute to official Unvanquished maps.
Arch Linux users can use the netradiant-git PKGBUILD in the AUR.
Working fallback
๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…
GtkRadiant Brushes โœ… โœ… source โœ… i686
โœ… amd64
โœ… source 1.6.6
(2018)
Predecessor of NetRadiant. Brush based. It has basic DPKdir support but no CRN/WebP support.
It can be used with assets repositories.
It must be used with q3map2 from NetRadiant because the one provided with GtkRadiant does not support all the features.
While the map compiler may provide an usable build, it will not get all features and maps will not look the expected way.
DarkRadiant Brushes โœ… โœ… amd64 โœ… amd64 โœ… i686
Current
(2022)
Designed for a Doom 3 mod. Basic dpk/dpkdir support.
It must be used with q3map2 from NetRadiant because q3map2 is not shipped with DarkRadiant.
Incomplete
๐Ÿšซ
NetRadiant-custom
(Garux's fork)
Brushes โœ… โœ… source โœ… amd64 โœ… amd64 Current
(2022)
Fork of NetRadiant based on a old branch missing many features implemented since 2014.
Does not support DPK, DPKdir, pakpath, WebP, CRN, meaning it would be very hard to do something with it.
TrenchBroom Brushes โœ… โœ… amd64 โœ… i686
โœ… amd64
โœ… amd64 Current
(2022)
Editor for Quake 1 maps, Quake 3 formats are work in progress. Not a Radiant derivative.
QuArK Brushes โœ… โŒ โœ… i686 โŒ Current
(2021)
An all in one Quake editor, capable of much more than mapping.
J.A.C.K. Brushes โŒ โŒ โœ… i686 โœ… i686
โœ… amd64
1.1.1064
(2016)
Previously named Jackhammer. Designed for Half-Life and some id Tech engines, the map format is different (map220) and needs a modified q3map2 to be compiled.
Interface seems to share similarities with Radiant or Hammer.
Blender Polygons โœ… โœ… amd64 โœ… amd64 โœ… amd64 Current
(2022)
Extremely popular and open-source polygon based modelling tool. See the katsbits tutorial for getting it to work with Unvanquished.
Don't expect it to be straightforward. Even if you're a Blender guru it's probably less work for you to learn NetRadiant from scratch.
Obsolete
๐Ÿšซ
NetRadiant
(Ingar's builds)
Brushes โœ… โœ… i686 โœ… i686 โœ… i686
โœ… amd64
2015 Mac users need X11 (10.7 users can get this from the XQuartz project).
Gamepack must be installed by hand.
MacRadiant Brushes โœ… โœ… i686
โœ… ppc
โŒ โŒ Aban­donned
(2006)
Problems have been reported with Snow Leopard and Leopard, though there are workarounds.
See the download page for more information.
Milkshape 3D Brushes โŒ โŒ โœ… i686
โŒ Aban­doned
(2011)
Designed originally for Half Life
Gmax Polygons โŒ โŒ โœ… i686
โŒ Aban­doned
(2005)
Freeware version of polygon-based modelling tool 3ds Max. Used by many games but never updated: small bugs exist.
May require a registration bypass to work (easily found) as the registration web-form has disappeared.