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DOSBox is an x86 PC DOS-emulator for running old DOS games or programs.


Install dosbox, available in the Official Repositories.


No initial configuration is needed, however the official DOSBox Manual refers to a configuration file named "dosbox.conf". By default that file exists in your ~/.dosbox folder.

You can also make a new configuration file on a per-application basis by copying dosbox.conf from ~/.dosbox to the directory where your DOS app resides and modifying the settings accordingly. You can also create a a config file automatically as follows:

To create the file, simply run dosbox without any parameters inside your desired application's folder:

$ dosbox

Then at the DOS prompt, type:

Z:\> config -wc dosbox.conf

The configuration file "dosbox.conf" will then be saved in the current directory. Go in a change whatever settings you need.

The configuration options are described in the official DosBox wiki:


A simple way to run dosbox is to place your DOS game (or its setup files) into a directory and then run dosbox with the directory path appended. For example:

$ dosbox ./game-folder/

You should now have a DOS prompt whose working directory is the one specified above. From there, you can execute the desired program(s):



If dosbox traps your focus, use CTRL-F10 to free it.

See also

For more information visit the official DOSBox site:

Abandonia - A large repository of old and abandoned DOS games - A large repository of DOS games