X Exporter

I'm glad to announce AxeFree v2.2.8, the most stable version of x exporter for 3ds Max. Bugs in custom normals are now fixed!   Free version (Not demo) has almost all the features of AxePro.   If you find it useful, please buy the pro version to support development and maintenance of this project.   I welcome any feedback on the plugin as well as any suggestions or corrections you think should be made.   Please feel free to contact me or comment here!

It took a long time to complete the 2017 version since there is a serious bug in 3ds Max 2017. It turns out a new feature TMCache in 3ds Max 2017 is in conflict with CAT rig controllers and always crash 3ds Max 2017 even if you have installed Service Pack 2. Fortunately, Autodesk has confirmed this bug in my report and this bug was fixed in Service Pack 3.

  • Current Version: 2.2.8
  • Last Updated: 02-21-2021

Recommended Configuration Settings

AXE Free


Extract the dle file into the plugins directory of 3ds Max.
e.g.:   C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2017\plugins

If you are encountering a runtime error when start 3ds Max you need to install Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Packages


  • Setup your scene and then choose Export or Export Selected from the File menu.
  • Click the 'Save as type' dropdown list where you will find Alin DirectX Exporter.   Choose a file path, and then press OK.   The configuration dialog will appear, which control how the scene data will be converted from 3ds Max to .x file.
  • New options: X-Rot and Z-Rot can be used for custom coordinate system, for example, switch between Y-up and Z-up is very easy: simply set the X-Rot to 90.
  • 3d engine like Irrlicht needs key sequence to take full control of animation speed. You must select Custom in Timeline tab and set to 1, otherwise the animation will be very slow.
  • If there are textures with names in Asian(Chinese, Korean, Japanese) characters, you must set the output format to binary or compressed.
  • Click OK when you finish the configuration.
  • For more specific tips please visit the online help.

X Viewer

DxViewer prov1.0.8 ( 05-17-2016 )DxViewer.zip

New View options: Right-handed, Alpha Blend and Blinn–Phong Lighting
Example: The DB9 model rendered in DxViewer pro

car DB9


3ds Max ProjectFile
Car: Alpha blend DB9.zip
Normal Map NormalMapPlane.zip
Biped Animation drx.zip
CAT Animation Emma_max2011.zip
Patch Animation tut_tubby.zip
Vertex Color VertexColor.zip
DeclData Test DeclData_Plane1_2011.zip

Import Library Issues and Solutions

DeclData is the most useful template in DirectX File Format Specification, however, it may not be supported by importers like Assimp, if that is the case you can disable this option "Vertex Elements in DeclData".

If you are writing a cross-platform game engine and will support x files, then the x loader ( CXMeshFileLoader.cpp ) in Irrlicht engine is an excellent sample which can import x files without D3DX