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= Frontends for DOSBox =
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== Frontends for DOSBox ==
 
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A [[DOSBoxFrontends|frontend]]  pulls together the many functions of the program it is for and "stands in front of" it. It makes your life and the configuration a bit simpler.
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'''DOSBox''' is controlled by its [[dosbox.conf|config file]]. [[DOSBoxFrontends|Frontends]] are a nice graphical way to maintain or edit that [[dosbox.conf|config file]].
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If you are a newbie or you don't like editing [[dosbox.conf]] by hand then a [[DOSBoxFrontends|frontend]] is the solution for you.
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== Incomplete overview of the Frontends available ==
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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.
  
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You can also have a look at the [[Frontend Comparison]] page.
  
 
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* '''DBGL''' - DOSBox Game Launcher
 
* '''DBGL''' - DOSBox Game Launcher
 
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*: '''Description: '''An open source frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.
: '''Description: '''An open source frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.
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*: '''Platforms: ''' Windows, Linux, OS X
 
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*: '''Website''': http://home.quicknet.nl/qn/prive/blankendaalr/dbgl/
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: '''Website''': http://home.quicknet.nl/qn/prive/blankendaalr/dbgl/
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* '''D-Box'''
 
* '''D-Box'''
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Platforms: ''' Windows, Linux, OS X
 
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*: '''Website''': https://code.google.com/p/dbox/
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: '''Website''': https://code.google.com/p/dbox/
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* '''DBoxFE'''
 
* '''DBoxFE'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' DBoxFE creates and manages configuration files for DOSBox. You can create different profiles for your games, etc. Currently in beta.
: '''Description: ''' DBoxFE creates and manages configuration files for DOSBox. You can create different profiles for your games, etc. Currently in beta.
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*: '''Platforms: ''' Windows, Linux
 
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*: '''Website''': http://sourceforge.net/projects/dboxfe.berlios/
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: '''Website''': http://developer.berlios.de/projects/dboxfe/
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* '''DOSBoxGui'''
 
* '''DOSBoxGui'''
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Platforms: ''' Windows, Linux
 
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*: '''Website''': http://losfinkos.googlepages.com/dosboxgui
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* '''Dreads QuickMAME Launcher'''
 
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*: '''Description: '''Open source frontend for DOSBOX. Works for all DOS/WIN emulators as well as DOS PC Games by creating BAT files to start each PC game.  Full docs included.  Check QM.DOC under downloads.  Version 4.64 (1997-2000) is for DOS/Win95/Win98/WinME and is written in 16-bit MS QuickBasic / MASM and has source code.  Version 6.x (1997-2015) is for WinXP/Vista/Win7/Win8+ and is written in Visual Basic 2010.  DOS version offers full SB-compatibility sound, VESA graphics, and mouse.  All WAV files must be 22050KHz, mono or lower.  8-bit PCX files or lower supported.  Windows version supports all PCM (umcompressed) WAV files regardless of bitrate and utilizes PNG files for graphics, instead. 
: '''Website''': http://losfinkos.googlepages.com/dosboxgui
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*: Linux support provided through "Wine" package for Linux.  Requires MS NET 4.0 to function for Windows/Linux.
 
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*: '''Platforms: ''' DOS, 32-Bit Windows, 64-bit Windows, Linux* (Wine)
 
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*: '''Website''': http://quickmamelauncher.net76.net/
 
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* '''GR-lida'''
 
* '''GR-lida'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' An open source frontend for DOSBox, ScummVM and VDMSound. It can display games using pictureflow, which is a clone of Apples cover flow.
: '''Description: ''' An open source frontend for DOSBox, ScummVM and VDMSound. It can display games using pictureflow, which is a clone of Apples cover flow.
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*: '''Platforms: ''' Windows, Linux, OS X
 
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*: '''Website''': http://www.gr-lida.org/ (Website is in Spanish, but the program works in additional languages, including English)
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: '''Website''': http://www.gr-lida.org/ (Website is in Spanish, but the program works in additional languages, including English)
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* '''AmpShell'''
 
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*: '''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.
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*: '''Website''': http://ampshell.tuxfamily.org/
 
* '''CBoxRun'''
 
* '''CBoxRun'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' A frontend that emphasizes ease of use.  It can automatically download game information and screenshots from Wikipedia, and it has a nice [[dosbox.conf|config file]] editor with help for every field. Requires .NET 3.51.
: '''Description: ''' A frontend that emphasizes ease of use.  It can automatically download game information and screenshots from Wikipedia, and it has a nice [[dosbox.conf|config file]] editor with help for every field. Requires .NET 3.51.
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*: '''Website''': http://cboxrun.wordpress.com/
 
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: '''Website''': http://cboxrun.wordpress.com/
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* '''DBFrontend''' - '''D'''OS'''B'''ox'''Frontend'''  
 
* '''DBFrontend''' - '''D'''OS'''B'''ox'''Frontend'''  
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Website''': http://www.ingoknito.de/produkte/dbfrontend/
 
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: '''Website''': http://www.ingoknito.de/produkte/dbfrontend/
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* '''D-Fend Reloaded''' - '''D'''OSBox-'''F'''ront'''end''' Reloaded
 
* '''D-Fend Reloaded''' - '''D'''OSBox-'''F'''ront'''end''' Reloaded
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Website''': http://dfendreloaded.sourceforge.net/
 
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: '''Website''': http://dfendreloaded.sourceforge.net/
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* '''D.O.G.'''
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: '''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.
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: '''Website''': http://www.freewebs.com/erikgg/
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* '''DosBlaster'''
 
* '''DosBlaster'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' An open source frontend that offers a simplified view of the DOS games which can be manage easily.  
: '''Description: ''' An open source frontend that offers a simplified view of the DOS games which can be manage easily.  
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*: '''Website''': http://dosblasterx.sourceforge.net/
 
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: '''Website''': http://dosblasterx.sourceforge.net/
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* '''DOSShell'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' Applications launcher, plus convenient Explorer-like entries manager.
: '''Description: ''' Applications launcher, plus convenient Explorer-like entries manager.
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*: '''Website''': http://www.loonies.narod.ru/dosshell.htm
 
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: '''Website''': http://www.loonies.narod.ru/dosshell.htm
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* '''Old Games Launcher'''
 
* '''Old Games Launcher'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' Direct Draw games launcher & Dosbox Frontend
: '''Description: ''' Direct Draw games launcher & Dosbox Frontend
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*: '''Website''': https://oldgameslauncher.codeplex.com/
 
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: '''Website''': https://oldgameslauncher.codeplex.com/
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* '''ScudoGR - ScummVM, Dosbox (and Windows) Game Runner'''
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: '''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.
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: '''Website''': http://www.scudogr.it
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* '''Turbo Dos Box'''
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Website''': http://www.turboirc.com/tdb
 
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* '''LaunchBox'''
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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: '''Website''': http://www.launchbox-app.com
 
: '''Website''': http://www.launchbox-app.com
  
 
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* '''Boxer'''
 
* '''Boxer'''
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Website''': http://boxer.washboardabs.net/
 
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* '''Petit dosbox'''
 
* '''Petit dosbox'''
 
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*: '''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.
: '''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.
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*: '''Website''': http://web.jet.es/guilly/slouc/software_petitdosbox.html
 
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* '''pyDOSBox'''
 
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*: '''Description: ''' The program is still in alpha stage but usable.
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*: '''Website''': http://www.panayotis.com/prog/scripts/pydosbox/index.html
 
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== Incomplete overview of discontinued Frontends ==
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* '''Boxer''' - DOS'''Boxer'''s
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: The smallest (in filesize) of the frontends available. It tries to keep up with the stable '''DOSBox''' version and allows you to edit every aspect of ((dosbox.conf)). Great if you want a very small frontend which just gets the job done.
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* '''D-Fend''' - '''D'''OSBox-'''F'''ront'''end'''
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: 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*
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: '''Website''': http://members.home.nl/mabus
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* '''Radnor'''
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: Sveinbjorn Thordarson has created the frontend "Radnor" for the MacOS X 10.3 or later version of DOSBox.
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Latest revision as of 14:42, 12 April 2015

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://sourceforge.net/projects/dboxfe.berlios/
  • 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
  • Dreads QuickMAME Launcher
    Description: Open source frontend for DOSBOX. Works for all DOS/WIN emulators as well as DOS PC Games by creating BAT files to start each PC game. Full docs included. Check QM.DOC under downloads. Version 4.64 (1997-2000) is for DOS/Win95/Win98/WinME and is written in 16-bit MS QuickBasic / MASM and has source code. Version 6.x (1997-2015) is for WinXP/Vista/Win7/Win8+ and is written in Visual Basic 2010. DOS version offers full SB-compatibility sound, VESA graphics, and mouse. All WAV files must be 22050KHz, mono or lower. 8-bit PCX files or lower supported. Windows version supports all PCM (umcompressed) WAV files regardless of bitrate and utilizes PNG files for graphics, instead.
    Linux support provided through "Wine" package for Linux. Requires MS NET 4.0 to function for Windows/Linux.
    Platforms: DOS, 32-Bit Windows, 64-bit Windows, Linux* (Wine)
    Website: http://quickmamelauncher.net76.net/
  • 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