DOSBoxFrontends

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Frontends for DOSBox

A 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.

DOSBox is controlled by its configfile. Frontends are a nice graphical way to maintain or edit that configfile.

If you are a newbie or you don't like editing dosbox.conf by hand then a frontend is the solution for you.

Incomplete overview of the Frontends available

Windows Frontends

  • DOSShell
x86 applications launcher plus convenient Explorer-like entries manager.
Website: http://www.loonies.narod.ru/dosshell.htm
  • DOSBoxGui
A portable DOSBox frontend. Currently confirmed to run on Linux and Windows flavors.
Needs Tcl/Tk.
Website: http://losfinkos.googlepages.com/dosboxgui
  • DOSBOXer
Scott Duensing at Jaeger Technologies has created "DOSBOXer" for Windows 9x, ME, 2000 and XP.
Website: http://www.jaegertech.com/dosboxer (URL does not work. Correct URL is http://www.jaegertech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=40 , but the download link on that page does not work either)
  • Boxer - DOSBoxers
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.
Website: http://www.pcgamester.co.uk/ (BROKEN LINK - Opens a domain parking ads page, be carefull)
  • Dbfrontend - DOSBoxFrontend
It's a very simple frontend which allows you to have thumbnails of screenshots so you can easy recognise the game you want to run.
Website: http://www.ingoknito.de/produkte/dbfrontend/
  • D.O.G.
D.O.G. is a work in progress DOSBox frontend, tested on Windows XP and 2000. D.O.G. is currently compatible with all DOSBox versions, from 0.58 up to 0.70. It will present you only with the available options of the selected DOSBox. D.O.G. also allows users to use not one DOSBox for their profiles, but an unlimited number. Switching between DOSBox versions is as easy as a click on a button. Besides the standard features of DOSBox, D.O.G. also extends these features with zip and 7-zip capability. Users can select a zip as a drive and D.O.G. will automatically unpack and repack the archive when running DOSBox. Besides this archiving capability D.O.G. also allows you to convert the captured Wave-files to the MP3 format of your choise and it allows you to convert the captured screenshots to a JPG format of your choise. : Website: http://www.freewebs.com/erikgg/ (link does not work)
  • DBGL - DOSBox Game Launcher
DBGL is an open-source, multi-platform frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.
Website: http://home.quicknet.nl/qn/prive/blankendaalr/dbgl/
  • DosBlaster
Windows Explorer shell extension for DOSBox. You can launch DOSBox by right click on DOS executable files in your Windows Explorer.
Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dosblaster


MacOS X Frontends

  • DBGL - DOSBox Game Launcher
DBGL is an open-source, multi-platform frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.
Website: http://home.quicknet.nl/qn/prive/blankendaalr/dbgl/
  • DOSBOXer
Scott Duensing at Jaeger Technologies has created "DOSBOXer" for Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Website: http://www.jaegertech.com/dosboxer
  • Radnor
Sveinbjorn Thordarson has created the frontend "Radnor" for the MacOS X 10.3 or later version of DOSBox.
Website: http://sveinbjorn.vefsyn.is/radnor
  • Petit dosbox
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.
New updates have included a Game Manager and more configuration options.
Website: http://web.jet.es/guilly/slouc/software_petitdosbox.html

Linux Frontend

  • DOSBoxGui
A portable DOSBox frontend. Currently confirmed to run on Linux and Windows flavors.
Needs Tcl/Tk.
Website: http://losfinkos.googlepages.com/dosboxgui
  • DOSBOXer
Scott Duensing at Jaeger Technologies has created "DOSBOXer" for most Intel x86 Linux distributions.
Website: http://www.jaegertech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=40
  • DBoxFE
DBoxFE creates and manages configuration files for DOSBox. You can create different profiles for your games, etc.
Need to run:
* KDE 3.1.x / 3.2.x
* Qt 3.1.x / 3.2.x / 3.3.x
Website: http://chmaster.freeforge.net/dboxfe-project.htm
  • pyDOSBox
The program is still in alpha stage but usable.
Website: http://www.panayotis.com/pydosbox/index.html
  • DBGL - DOSBox Game Launcher
DBGL is an open-source, multi-platform frontend for DOSBox, based largely upon the proven interface of D-Fend.
Website: http://home.quicknet.nl/qn/prive/blankendaalr/dbgl/

Incomplete overview of discontinued Frontends

Windows 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 cvs features. Because of its profile system and its intelligent mount system it's great for newbies and people using the cvs 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