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Free DOSBox Alternatives

The best free alternative to DOSBox is DOSBox SVN Daum, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to DOSBox and 13 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to DOSBox are DOSBox-X, Boxer, AmpShell and D-Fend Reloaded.

DOSBox alternatives are mainly DOS Emulators but may also be Game Emulators or Operating Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of DOSBox.
This page was last updated Mar 22, 2022
DOSBox
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Android
  • BSD
  • FreeBSD

DOSBox is an emulator program which emulates an IBM PC compatible computer running a DOS operating system. Many IBM PC...

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  1. DOSBox SVN Daum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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

    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!

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    It's based on DOSBox sources, but it's updated much more frequently.

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  2. DOSBox-X

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.



  3. Boxer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Boxer plays all the MS-DOS games of your misspent youth, right here on your Mac.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.4.0, released in February 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website

    Boxer vs DOSBox opinions
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    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 over 5 years ago
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  4. AmpShell

    • 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.

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    because dosbox needs to use command line, so it is hard to use. however AmpShell easier to use.

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  5. D-Fend Reloaded

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • DOSBox

    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.



  6. DOSEMU

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

    DOSEMU vs DOSBox opinions
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    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.

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  7. vDOS

    • 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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  8. vDosPlus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    vDosPlus is designed to run non-gaming DOS applications in all current Windows versions.

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  9. jDosbox

    • 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.

  10. JsDOSBox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    [Development stage] JavaScript PC DOS Emulator.

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