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DOSBox 0.74 running on Windows Vista
DOSBox 0.74 running on Windows Vista
Developer(s)Peter "Qbix" Veenstra, Sjoerd "Harekiet" van der Berg, Tommy "fanskapet" Frössman, Ulf "Finster" Wohlers
Initial releaseJuly 22, 2002; 16 years ago (2002-07-22)[1][2]
Stable release0.74-2 (August 30, 2018; 2 months ago (2018-08-30)[3])
Preview releaseSVN r4168 (October 11, 2018; 33 days ago (2018-10-11)[4][5][6])
Written inC++[7]
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, Chrome OS (Gentoo Linux), AROS, AmigaOS 4, Amiga, BeOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, MorphOS, OS/2, RISC OS, Solaris 10
Available inEnglish (but supports alternate keyboard layouts)
TypeVirtual machine, emulator

DOSBox is an 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. This means that original DOS programs (including PC games) are provided with an environment in which they can run correctly, even though the modern computers have dropped support for that old environment.


DOSBox is free software written primarily in C++ and distributed under the GNU General Public License. DOSBox has been downloaded over 34 million times since its release on SourceForge in 2002.[8]

A number of usability enhancements have been added to DOSBox beyond emulating DOS. The added features include virtual hard drives, peer-to-peer networking, screen capture and screencasting from the emulated screen.

More than 8 years have passed between 2010's 0.74 and the 2018's latest version 0.74-2, "a maintenance release" made in preparation "for the upcoming 0.75 release, which will enter regression testing soon" [9]. But throughout these years development has been ongoing in the SVN version. Forks such as DOSBox SVN Daum and DOSBox SVN-lfn provide additional features, which include support for save states and long filenames (LFN), while others such as DosBox-X add emulation for Japanese systems like the NEC PC-98 and increase compatibility with various Demoscene productions.[10]

A number of vintage DOS games have been commercially re-released to run on modern operating systems by encapsulating them inside DOSBox.

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