Cross-platform DOS emulation package
Complete, accurate emulation and more

What is DOSBox-X?

DOSBox-X is an open-source DOS emulator for running DOS games and applications.
DOS-based Windows such as Windows 3.x and Windows 9x are officially supported.
Compared to DOSBox, DOSBox-X is much more flexible and provides more features.
Look at the DOSBox-X Wiki for more information about DOSBox-X and usage guides.
We also hope that DOSBox-X (along with DOSLIB) can aid in new DOS development.

Latest Release: 0.83.12

Release Date: April 1, 2021

DOSBox-X 0.83.12 Release Notes

Supported Platforms:

Windows logo  Linux logo  macOS logo  MS-DOS logo

Windows version:

Download installer (more options)

Linux version:

Flatpak on Flathub | RPM package

macOS version:

Intel-based Mac | ARM-based Mac

DOS version:

HX-DOS package | LOADLIN package

Source code:

Zip format | tar.gz format

Further options and information:

Other packages and install instructions
Archive of all releases and change logs

Issue, question or suggestion?

Go to Issue Tracker
DOSBox-X emulates a PC necessary for running many DOS games and applications that simply cannot be run on modern PCs and operating systems, similar to DOSBox. However, while the main focus of DOSBox is for running DOS games, DOSBox-X goes much further than this. Started as a fork of the DOSBox project, it retains compatibility with the wide base of DOS games and DOS gaming DOSBox was designed for. But it is also a platform for running DOS applications, including emulating the environments to run Windows 3.x, 9x and ME and software written for those versions of Windows. By adding official support for Windows 95, 98, and ME emulation and acceleration, we hope that those old Windows games and applications could be enjoyed or used once more. Moreover, DOSBox-X adds support for NEC PC-98 emulations so that you can play PC-98 games with it.

Our goal is to eventually make DOSBox-X a complete DOS emulation package that is both fully-featured and easy to use. We implement new features with each official release, and also try our best to deliver a consistent cross-platform experience for users. In order to help improve the general DOS emulation and also to help continued DOS developments, it is our desire to implement accurate emulation, and at the same time we are also making efforts to improve emulation quality, speed, and usability for end users. DOSBox-X features a flexible configuration, as we believe a better way to emulate the DOS platform is to give users all the options to configure the DOS virtual machine. We hope to improve the out-of-the-box experience for new users who want to run DOS programs or games, as well as implementing emulation that is accurate enough to help make new DOS developments possible with confidence the program will run properly on actual DOS systems.

A few examples of DOSBox-X's unique features are available in the DOSBox-X's Feature Highlights page. Below are some screenshots of DOS programs and games running in DOSBox-X.
Word for DOS running in DOSBox-X
Tomb Raider 3dfx running in DOSBox-X
Windows 98 guest running in DOSBox-X
Word for DOS running in DOSBox-X
Tomb Raider 3dfx running in DOSBox-X
Windows 98 guest running in DOSBox-X

DOSBox-X maintains a Wiki system (see also guide page list) which explains how to set up DOSBox-X and configure various software to run in DOSBox-X. Also, as DOSBox-X is an open-source project, we strongly encourage users to contribute to DOSBox-X in order to make it work even better as a complete DOS emulation package. Please visit our project website on GitHub for more information.

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