How to Use DOSBox for Beginners

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Introduction: How to Use DOSBox for Beginners

Hello! This is my first instructable. Today I will show how to run Wolfenstein 3D and other DOS games with DOSBox. DOSBox is a DOS emulator created with SDL, the Simple Directmedia Library. Download DOSBox here: http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1

Step 1: Download DOSBox

DOSBox is open source and free. Get it here: http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1 and use the installer.

Step 2: Creating the Game Folder

Go to the root of your main hard drive (Mine is C:\) and create a folder. I called mine "dos".

Step 3: Start DOSBox

Starting DOSBox isn't really that hard. All you need to do is click the icon. When DOSBox is started, a window will pop up. Press Alt+Enter at any time to make it fullscreen or exit fullscreen.

Step 4: Mount the C:\dos Directory

Type this into DOSBox: mount c c:\dos

Then press Enter or Return. It will display the message "Drive C is mounted as local directory c:\dos\." After that, type c: and hit Enter to enter the c:\dos directory.

Step 5: Enter the Directory Containing the Game

Type dir into DOSBox to view the directories inside c:\dos. Then type cd [directory name here] to enter the directory. In this case it's cd WOLFEN~1

Step 6: Enter the Exe File Name and Play the Game!

Type dir, find the exe file name, type it in and you're away! Enjoy!

Step 7: (OPTIONAL STEP)

To get to your games faster, you can edit the options.bat file at (default) C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox-0.74

Anything added to the bottom row will automatically execute every time DOSBox is started. Type the commands you would normally type here to access your games faster. For example, if your game folder is C:\dos, then

mount c c:\dos
c:

dir

The above lines will automagically mount your dos folder as C:\ and take you directly into the folder. Then it will show you your list of directories so you can just cd one and play your game!

Bonus tip: Tab will autocomplete what you're typing.

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18 Comments

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Vyger
Vyger

7 years ago on Introduction

Does it run on both 32 and 64 bit versions?

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KazS
KazS

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Yes, I have 64 bit windows 7 and it runs perfectly.

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Fly4aWhiteGuy
Fly4aWhiteGuy

2 months ago

I miss DOS.
AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS were so much easier to understand.

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KenPWade
KenPWade

Question 7 months ago

Some games need the CD in the drive to play. Will DOSBOX emulate this automatically, also can you mount a DVD with the CDROM command?

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floppy900
floppy900

Question 1 year ago

How do you get to change directory when I try I get an error message saying that I have spaces in the command line, I have tried cd WOLFEN~1but it says a space in the command line.

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OmarElgendy
OmarElgendy

1 year ago

When I try to follow step 5, It tells me "Unable to change to [my directory name].
I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

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kevin.jackson556
kevin.jackson556

Question 1 year ago

So I'm trying to show my kids the game that had me obsessed for a couple years in my childhood, Transport Tycoon. I made it through your steps, which are the best instructions I've found, perfect screenshots! But my EXE file shows "flags sourcepath targetpath." It goes on to show "Flags" of Command line mode, Do not display logo, Mouse already initialized, and Minimize work space.

This seems like an error flag to me. It will not allow me to move forward and play the good old game. Any idea what is going on and how I get past these flags?

Thank you!

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thebboossss3
thebboossss3

1 year ago

It all went really well but can you please explain me how to do key mapping in the dosbox to play, in the same manner. Thank you so much for this post.

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Marius de Jess
Marius de Jess

Reply 2 years ago

I tried to run dos Lotus 123 ver 3.1 which is a dos spreadsheet program; it got started then it blacked out with a message about 16 bits something.

I tried again, but the same thing happened.

Can the teacher here help me, or Dosbox is only good for dos games?

Thanks for any advice.

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ajithppec
ajithppec

Question 2 years ago on Step 6

Dosbox crashes after I enter the exe file name. What can I do now

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quimbydamouse
quimbydamouse

3 years ago on Step 4

Step 4 is wrong. Typing "C:" at this stage will not open the directory, you need to type "DIR." Amazing that the moron who wrote this tutorial didn't even test it before publishing.

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kojis92
kojis92

Reply 3 years ago

DIR does not open the directory, it merely lists the contents of the directory. Submitting C: does actually enter the mapped drive.

This comment is not only "Not nice" it is also incorrect.

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Wlc1967
Wlc1967

Question 3 years ago

How do I install a program to run using this program? It will start but it will not complete the process.

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ChristyP36
ChristyP36

3 years ago

got my game to run, but despite changing everything to true for my fullscreen and whatnot im STILL unable to get into my game without it still being a small gamebox! HELP!