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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

  • 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/


  • D.O.G.
Description: A frontend with additional features, such as loading games from zip files, and converting WAV files to MP3. Homepage looks out of date (last update was 2009), with last beta release being from 18-04-2010.
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/erikgg/


  • 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/


  • ScudoGR - ScummVM, Dosbox (and Windows) Game Runner
Description: It's a simple interface to run games for DOSBox, ScummVM and Windows games. Games are created and managed by zip-files, which are easily importable by drag and drop. It uses several configuration files, it manages mounting/unmounting file (by dosbox 'imgmount' command or with daemon tools), and it's language-configurable.
Website: http://www.scudogr.it


  • 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


Incomplete overview of discontinued Frontends

  • D-Fend - DOSBox-Frontend
The largest DOSBox Frontend availabe. This frontend has supports for all DOSBox features and allows you generate default profiles for your system. It's also the only frontend which supports the unsupported SVN features. Because of its profile system and its intelligent mount system it's great for newbies and people using the SVN version of DOSBox. *Now supports Screenshot viewing for each Game Profile*

However recently Anthony announced officially that he stopped his work on D-Fend.

Website: http://members.home.nl/mabus


  • DOSBOXer
Scott Duensing at Jaeger Technologies has created "DOSBOXer" for Windows. There is no mention of this software on his website anymore.
Website: http://www.jaegertech.net/


  • Radnor
Sveinbjorn Thordarson has created the frontend "Radnor" for the MacOS X 10.3 or later version of DOSBox.
Website: http://www.sveinbjorn.org/radnor