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[Solved] TMX: how to calculate the exact position within a tileset with the gid of a tile

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Right at the moment i am trying to use the tmx format in my little project. Unfortunately I noticed at one point i start to struggle. I don't get how to calculate a position of an tile with a specific gid in a tileset.

The gid self is really simple. Gid= tileX + (mapwidth * tileY) //mapwidth in tiles

The point is if I have just the gid,mapwidth/height and tilewidth/height. With which way i can calculate tileX and tileY.
I'm sure the solution is quite simple and obvious because It should be just simple math. But i cannot get a clear thought right know and need some assistance

With Google I didn't found an explanation which is clear enough, yet. I hope some of you have an idea for me


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tileX = Gid % mapwidth;

tileY = Gid / mapwidth;


EDIT: I [b]think[/b] that's what you're asking, at least...

Edited by CoreLactose

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jepp, that is it ... sometimes is it too easy to come up with right way. anyway. Here the Code To render a TMX map with SDL2.

bool inTileset(int tile_id, const Tmx::Tileset *tileset)
    int tiles_x = (tileset->GetImage()->GetWidth() - tileset->GetMargin()) / (tileset->GetTileWidth() + tileset->GetSpacing());
    int tiles_y = (tileset->GetImage()->GetHeight() - tileset->GetMargin()) / (tileset->GetTileHeight() + tileset->GetSpacing());
    int total_tiles = tiles_x * tiles_y;

    if((tile_id >= tileset->GetFirstGid()) && (tile_id <= tileset->GetFirstGid() + total_tiles)) {
        return true;

    return false;

void apply_renderer( SDL_Renderer* rend, int x, int y, SDL_Rect* clip,SDL_Texture* tex )
     //Set rendering space and render to screen
     SDL_Rect renderQuad = { x, y, 0, 0 };

     //Set clip rendering dimensions
     if( clip != NULL )
         renderQuad.w = clip->w;
         renderQuad.h = clip->h;

      //Render to screen
      SDL_RenderCopy( rend, tex, clip, &renderQuad );

void Drawmap(SDL_Renderer* rend,SDL_Texture* tileset)
    SDL_Rect        RectCurrent;
    //Look into each Layer
    for( int i = 0; i < Map->GetNumLayers() ;i++ )
        const Tmx::Layer*           layer = Map->GetLayer(i);

        //Look into each line of an specific Layer |Map->GetLayer(i)|
        for(int y = 0; y < layer->GetHeight(); ++y)
            //Check each tile of each line in each layer |Map->GetLayer(i)|
            for(int x = 0; x < layer->GetWidth(); ++x)
                int CurrentTile = layer->GetTileId(x,y);
                //Check if the current tile exist within the tileset, if not restart loop.
                CurrentTile -= Map->GetTileset(0)->GetFirstGid() -1;     
                //Calculate specific Position of the currentile in the Map         
                int tileset_col = (CurrentTile % (Map->GetTileset(0)->GetImage()->GetWidth() / Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileWidth()));
                int tileset_row = (CurrentTile / (Map->GetTileset(0)->GetImage()->GetWidth() / Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileWidth()));

                //Set the rect which will be used to clip out the specific tile from the tileset
                RectCurrent.w = Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileWidth();
                RectCurrent.h = Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileHeight();

                //Position on the tileset
                RectCurrent.y = (Map->GetTileset(0)->GetMargin() + (Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileHeight() + Map->GetTileset(0)->GetSpacing()) * tileset_row);
                RectCurrent.x = (Map->GetTileset(0)->GetMargin() + (Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileWidth() + Map->GetTileset(0)->GetSpacing()) * tileset_col) ;
                //Position on the Screen             
                int DrawX = (x * Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileWidth() ) ;
                int DrawY = (y * Map->GetTileset(0)->GetTileHeight() ) ;
  • http://code.google.com/p/tmx-parser/
  • Tmx::Map has to initlizied before and the *.tmx parsed before the function can work above.
  • Short additional info this function works only with ONE tileset. anyone who wants use it and use more tilesets then one have to modife the function.
Edited by exOfde

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