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Initial Developer
Initial release
Latest update20-03-10
Development statusFinished
PlatformDOS, (DPMI), Windows XP, 7-10, Linux
LicenseGPL, BSD
Tool TypeGraphics, Text Editor
Engine(s)Keen:Vorticons, Keen:Galaxy, Keen:Dreams
Discussion(s)K:M Initial Discussion Thread,
Dreams Edition Thread,
32-Bit Version Thread,
Linux version Thread
DownloadModKeen v.2.0.1 newest
Modkeen for Keen Dreams,
LModKeen for GNU/Linux,
ModKeen is a Keen graphics importing/exporting utility written by Andrew Durdin. Each version has been released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).


The official releases are written for the DOS platform, using the DOS 32-bit Protected Mode programming Interface (DPMI). [1]

Version 1.0

Its first version, 1.0, was an enhancement of the earlier ModLatch utility by Andrew Durdin. This first version was capable of importing and exporting Keen 1–3 graphics, including the tileset bitmap, all the sprite animation frames, and miscellaneous bitmaps used by the engine, including the character set. All those are exported to the Windows Bitmap (BMP) format.

Version 2.0

Its second version, ModKeen 2.0, released in March 2004, added functionality for Keen 4–6 graphics and miscellaneous data importing/exporting. A revision, ModKeen 2.0.1, was released at the end of the same month, fixing several bugs in the Keen 1–3 data manipulation routines.

Unofficial Dreams version

Later, a unofficial revision with the same version number (2.0.1) was released by MultiMania in January 2005, adding support for Keen Dreams graphics and data importing/exporting. [2]

Unofficial Win32 Port

An unofficial Win32 port of ModKeen version 1.0 was released in March 2006 by z-1. [3]

LModKeen running in a Linux console.

Unofficial Linux Fork

In March 13, 2007, Shadow Master released the first version of LModKeen, also known as LModKeen I, which is his unofficial ModKeen 2.0.1 port for GNU/Linux. The port added only one new feature (also called by him a "workaround"), which was the -nowait command line parameter. The application uses the ncurses library for console input/output operations.

Several days later, he released the first beta to LModKeen II, which integrated Fin2Bmp code in the Keen 1–3 importing/exporting routines. It also included Keen Dreams importing/exporting code written by MultiMania, although not working. The second beta was the first to actually use the Fin2Bmp code when importing and exporting to and from Keens 1–3.[4]

Unofficial ModId

In Mar 14, 2016 lemm released an improve LModkeen 2 version which supports import and export for arbitrarily formatted graphics archives. ModId is a tool for modifying games that were created with the 16-bit DOS engines that Id Software developed in the early 1990s. For more info check the readme.

Using Modkeen

To use Modkeen 2.0.1, unzip the files into the directory where your Keen files are located. Depending on your computer's operating system you may need CWSDPMI.EXE to run modkeen.

You will then need to UNLZEXE the Keen executable you wish to mod (to do this, drag and drop the Keen executable onto unlzexe.exe). You will likely want a folder to keep the graphic files separate from the game files; create a folder and title it graphics. You will then need to navigate to the folder with the command prompt.

To export graphics, type:

modkeen -episode=X -export -bmpdir="graphics"

To import graphics, type:

modkeen -episode=X -import -bmpdir="graphics"

  • Note: X is the episode number of the original Keen game you want to edit. For Keen Dreams editing, the number is 7.

See Also

  • UNLZEXE program that decompresses LZW compressed executables.
  • KeenGrout for adding/removing a grid to the Keen graphics tileset.
  • KeenGraph alternative tool for extracting and re-importing graphics.


  1. ModKeen forum on Keen Modding
  2. Modkeen 2.0.1 Keen Dreams Edition on Keen Modding forum
  3. ModKeen 32-bit version on Keen Modding forum
  4. ModKeen GNU/Linux version on Keen Modding forum