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Use DOSBox to run your old DOS Games in Ubuntu


DOSBox is a x86 DOS emulator that can be used to run old DOS-games under OS that don’t support it like Win2k, XP, FreeBSD and Linux. Graphics and sound emulation are optimal. This free, open source, cross platform application that supports over 3,000 games also provides a quick installation from the repositories in Ubuntu with

sudo apt-get install dosbox

Originally compiled for Red Hat Linux and variants like Fedora you can also download the .rpm package and convert it to a .deb package with alien

For how to get started, refer to this document at the Ubuntu Community.


  1. Jumbo
    9:57 am on April 2nd, 2008

    Very interesting, I’ve got some old games to try out.

  2. Taka
    9:59 am on April 2nd, 2008

    Nothing really new, keep playing with your Linux box, and you’ll find more interesting things

  3. Men
    9:59 am on April 2nd, 2008

    It is rather pleasing to see DOS in Ubuntu. THx.

  4. Justin Fowley
    5:25 pm on July 15th, 2008

    Gee, I just love to play old DOS games dont you?


  5. Martin Kaba
    5:50 pm on July 15th, 2008

    Me too JUSTIN.

  6. Kitkat
    12:25 pm on January 1st, 2009

    Just wanted to know if Sim Tower will play in dosbox under linux as its not supported in XP anymore and the game is now abandonware. I dont understand why Maxis which is now EA Games wouldnt capitalise on the people who love this game and produce a new one. Like they have done with Sim City.