Generic File Formats

Tiled supports exporting to several generic file formats which are not targeting any specific framework.


The JSON format is the most common additional file format supported by Tiled. It can be used instead of TMX since Tiled can also open JSON maps and tilesets and the format supports all Tiled features. Especially in the browser and when using JavaScript in general, the JSON format is easier to load.


Maps and tilesets can be exported to Lua code. This export option supports most of Tiled’s features and is useful when using a Lua-based framework like LÖVE (with Simple Tiled Implementation), Solar2D (with ponytiled or Dusk Engine) or Defold.

Currently not included are the type of custom properties (though the type does affect how a property value is exported) and information related to object templates.

The tiles are referenced using Global Tile IDs, as done in the TMX and JSON formats.


The CSV export only supports tile layers. Maps containing multiple tile layers will export as multiple files, called base_<layer-name>.csv.

Each tile is written out by its ID, unless the tile has a custom property called name, in which case its value is used to write out the tile. Using multiple tilesets will lead to ambiguous IDs, unless the custom name property is used. Empty cells get the value -1.

When tiles are flipped horizontally, vertically or diagonally, these states are exported using bitflags in the ID, in the same way as done in the TMX Map Format.