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Frontends for DOSBox

The following frontends will help you run, install and manage your DOS games. Some of them also support other emulators like ScummVM, Windows games, and console emulators. The current most popular frontends are, Boxer for MacOS X, D-Fend Reloaded for Windows, and DBGL which runs on multiple platforms.

You can also have a look at the Frontend Comparison page.

Multi Platform

  • DBGL - DOSBox Game Launcher
Description: An open source frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, OS X
Website: http://home.quicknet.nl/qn/prive/blankendaalr/dbgl/


  • D-Box
Description: An open source frontend for DOSBOX. It tries to distinguish itself from alternatives by having "the right set of features", which means not too few, and not too many features. Includes a fancy "floppy flow" user interface.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, OS X
Website: https://code.google.com/p/dbox/


  • DBoxFE
Description: DBoxFE creates and manages configuration files for DOSBox. You can create different profiles for your games, etc. Currently in beta.
Platforms: Windows, Linux
Website: http://developer.berlios.de/projects/dboxfe/


  • DOSBoxGui
Description: A portable DOSBox frontend. Needs Tcl/Tk, which is a free, albeit big (20MB) software compiler that you will need to assemble the program for your operating system.
Platforms: Windows, Linux
Website: http://losfinkos.googlepages.com/dosboxgui


  • GR-lida
Description: An open source frontend for DOSBox, ScummVM and VDMSound. It can display games using pictureflow, which is a clone of Apples cover flow.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, OS X
Website: http://www.gr-lida.org/ (Website is in Spanish, but the program works in additional languages, including English)

Windows Only

  • AmpShell
Description: The purpose of AmpShell is to make you run games in DOSBox with a simple double click. It saves the time and trouble you can have with DOS commands. Plus, it has a lot of other time-saving features.
Website: http://ampshell.tuxfamily.org/


  • CBoxRun
Description: A frontend that emphasizes ease of use. It can automatically download game information and screenshots from Wikipedia, and it has a nice config file editor with help for every field. Requires .NET 3.51.
Website: http://cboxrun.wordpress.com/


  • DBFrontend - DOSBoxFrontend
Description: An open source frontend with a simple interface which allows you to have thumbnails of screen shots so you can easy recognize the game you want to run.
Website: http://www.ingoknito.de/produkte/dbfrontend/


  • D-Fend Reloaded - DOSBox-Frontend Reloaded
Description: An open source frontend for DOSBox, ScummVM and Windows games. The development objective for D-Fend Reloaded was (besides 100% D-Fend compability) to make the program operation more simple with respect to DosBox beginners. Simultaneously more features for administration and configuration became available.
Website: http://dfendreloaded.sourceforge.net/


  • DosBlaster
Description: An open source frontend that offers a simplified view of the DOS games which can be manage easily.
Website: http://dosblasterx.sourceforge.net/


  • DOSShell
Description: Applications launcher, plus convenient Explorer-like entries manager.
Website: http://www.loonies.narod.ru/dosshell.htm


  • Old Games Launcher
Description: Direct Draw games launcher & Dosbox Frontend
Website: https://oldgameslauncher.codeplex.com/


  • Turbo Dos Box
Description: Very simple and small (~100KB no install needed) manager for configuration. Automatically mounts drives and can change all DOSBox options via XML setup, and can right click an EXE/COM/BAT and play it through DosBox by using the default configuration profile in "Right click and play" fashion.
Website: http://www.turboirc.com/tdb


  • LaunchBox
Description: LaunchBox was originally built as an attractive frontend to DOSBox, but has since expanded to support both modern PC games and emulated console platforms. DOSBox will continue to be a main focus for LaunchBox, as will emulation and PC gaming. LaunchBox aims to be the one-stop shop for gaming on your computer, for both modern and historical games.
Website: http://www.launchbox-app.com

Mac OS X Only

  • Boxer
Description: Boxer makes it easy to run your favourite DOS games without editing configuration files, without typing command line parameters, without mounting folders, without learning a confusing frontend; without doing any more than clicking on a game in Finder.
Website: http://boxer.washboardabs.net/


  • Petit dosbox
Description: Petit dosbox is a very easy to use interface to help you running the emulator, and will keep your last configuration for the next time you use it.
Website: http://web.jet.es/guilly/slouc/software_petitdosbox.html


Linux Only

  • pyDOSBox
Description: The program is still in alpha stage but usable.
Website: http://www.panayotis.com/prog/scripts/pydosbox/index.html