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DOSBox is an emulator for Windows that allows users to recreate an IBM PC environment. Using the tool, you’ll be able to run original DOS software and games. While modern devices no longer support DOS, with the emulator, developers and IT enthusiasts will be able to recreate an error-free and fully controllable virtual environment. DOSBox is written in C++ and distributed under the free license. The program has been widely popular among PC users - the overall number of downloads exceeds 34 million. Apart from recreating the interface and the system itself, DOSBox supports original IBM PC sound cards and graphics. 

How Can DOSBox Boost Your PC?

DOSBox has been used by developers to re-release DOS-based games on modern operating systems. The program has an extensive list of features - peer-to-peer networking, a virtual hard drive, screencasting, and screen capture. As a command line-based tool, DOSBox is configured either by editing a plain text file or as a set of commands. The program is not easy to master for novice PC user for the lack of traditional interface. However, you can download a traditional graphics front-end developed by the community to improve the user experience. DOSBox allows users to take screenshots of an open tab as well as record videos that would not differ from the footage created using the actual system. You can save gameplay videos and tutorials on the hard drive or uploaded online. The high quality of the footage is provided by the lossless Zip Motion Block Video compression codec. 

Apart from recreating the OS, DOSBox can successfully recreate the hardware. The software emulates a range of sound and graphics hardware. With DOSBox, you can virtually recreate the PC Speaker, Gravis Ultrasound, AdLib, Sound Blaster, and other common sound hardware. Text and composite modes are supported, too. Unlike similar emulators, DOSBox fully supports peer-to-peer networking including the TCP/IP simulation. You will be able to play DOS-based games on the Internet, LAN, or UDP/IP. DOSBox supports over 50 command line commands - such a range of functions provides a user with a broader control of the environment. 

DOSXBox Main Features:

  • Virtual hard drive emulation;
  • Peer-to-peer networking;
  • Full CPU emulator;
  • Built-in screen capture and video recorder;
  • Sound and graphics hardware emulation;
  • An SDL library can be ported to all the common systems.

Summary

DOSBox is an emulator for Windows that allows PC users to create a virtual environment for enjoying DOS-based programs and games. The programme manages to efficiently emulate both the software and hardware features of the original system.

What's new in 0.74-3 version?

  • Fixed that a very long line inside a bat file would overflow the parsing buffer. (CVE-2019-7165 by Alexandre Bartel)
  • Added a basic permission system so that a program running inside DOSBox can't access the contents of /proc (e.g. /proc/self/mem) when / or /proc were (to be) mounted. (CVE-2019-12594 by Alexandre Bartel)
  • Several other fixes for out of bounds access and buffer overflows.
  • Some fixes to the OpenGL rendering.

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More info

  • Last Updated: 2019-07-03
  • Developer: DOSBox
  • Homepage: www.dosbox.com
  • Version: 0.74-3
  • File size: 1.42 MB
  • Downloads: 1,526
  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Filename: DOSBox0.74-3-win32-installer.exe
  • MD5 Checksum: 10f38d3d4b19c58c04d465bd1acd24f0