DOSBox Alternatives

    DOSBox is described as 'emulator program which emulates an IBM PC compatible computer running a DOS operating system. Many IBM PC compatible graphics and sound cards are also emulated' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to DOSBox for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is AmpShell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DOSBox are Boxer (Free, Open Source), D-Fend Reloaded (Free, Open Source), DOSBox SVN Daum (Free, Open Source) and DOSEMU (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 24, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      AmpShell is a DOSBox front-end for Windows. The purpose of AmpShell is to make you run games in DOSBox with a simple double click. Includes a portable mode with DOSBox already installed.
      AmpShell vs DOSBox opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      because dosbox needs to use command line, so it is hard to use. however AmpShell easier to use.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      Boxer plays all the MS-DOS games of your misspent youth, right here on your Mac. There’s no clots of configuration and baffling DOS commands between you and your fun: just drag-drop your games onto Boxer, and you’ll be playing in minutes.
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      Boxer vs DOSBox opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      other than WINESKIN (which is, really, the best application out there;... but, is not so easy to use) BOXER is basically the best out there 4 easy & common-sense install
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    1. D-Fend Reloaded is a graphical environment for DOSBox . DOSBox emulates a complete computer including the DOS commandline and allows to run nearly all old DOS based games on modern hardware with any of the newer Windows versions.

      Discontinued

      Seems to be no longer in development as the last version 1.4.4 was released in 2015-07-31.

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    2. This build is an enhanced SVN build which incorporates unofficial features and fixes that are not officially part of DOSBox.

      Discontinued

      Last updated: 2015-01-25

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      DOSBox SVN Daum vs DOSBox opinions
      Most users think DOSBox SVN Daum is a great alternative to DOSBox.
      Feature rich with very good support to run Windows 98 (requires a bit of work to make this happen, but does it fairly well once it's configured) and performs considerably better than the original release!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      It's based on DOSBox sources, but it's updated much more frequently.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    3. DOSEMU stands for DOS Emulation, and allows you to run DOS and many DOS programs, including many DPMI applications such as DOOM and Windows 3.1, under Linux.
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      DOSEMU vs DOSBox opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      ssokolow DOSBox is optimized for running games well across a wide range of platforms while DOSEMU is optimized for running more standard DOS code on Linux with greater platform integration.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      vDos lets you conveniently run DOS applications by emulating a (spiced up) DOS PC in a window. vDos itself runs on Windows 32 and 64-bit systems, Windows 7 or later.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      vDosPlus is designed to run non-gaming DOS applications in all current Windows versions.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Windows 95 in Electron. Runs on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Does it work? Yes! Quite well, actually. Should this have been a native app? Absolutely. Does it run Doom (or my other favorite game)?
    4. DOSBox-X is a fork of DOSBox that expands its PC hardware emulation (from the original IBM PC to progressively improving those of Windows 9x era) and all the options needed to tweak and configure the DOS virtual machine.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      This is an x86 emulator written in pure Java based on the Dosbox project. It currently supports running Dosbox's built in DOS and well as booting into Windows 95/98/NT4.
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