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Frontend for DOSBox


Version: 1.9
Date: March 21, 2012
Supported operating systems: Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Seven, both the x86 and x64 editions are supported
Translations: English only.

DOSShell is an x86 DOS applications launcher plus convenient Explorer-like entries manager that works in tandem with the outstanding DOSBox emulator.

Use this a so called frontend for the DOSBox DOS emulator and forget about typing-in boring commands at the DOS-Prompt: you can run your favorite old games and programs by one click. It's so easy as you run applications with the Windows Explorer!

Key Features

Our DOSBox frontend includes the following key facilities:
  • DOSShell is a completely standalone app -- no dependence on the Java runtime, .NET framework, or other libraries.
  • You can add new records into the application list.
  • You can edit properties of existing entries.
  • You can delete unnecessary entries.
  • The convenient user interface.
  • The frontend is small and consumes very low amount of memory (RAM).
  • There is a portable edition of DOSShell available.
  • The program is true freeware!


Screenshot of DOSShell's main window
Screenshot of the Edit Entry dialog window
Screenshot of the Settings dialog window
Screenshot of DOSShell 1.9 and DOSBox 0.74 running the game Kurtan
Screenshot of the About DOSShell dialog window


Please watch the following recorded screencasts to learn how to install and configure the DOSBox emulator plus the DOSShell frontend, for smooth running old DOS games and programs:


You can download and use DOSShell completely free of charge. We guarantee, that the program does not contain any form of adware or malware, including toolbars, spyware, viruses, trojans, and backdoors.

Mirrors for the installer of DOSShell (315 KB):
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Mirrors for the portable version of DOSShell (248 KB):
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Version History

1.9 (March 21, 2012)
  • DOSBox + DOSShell: tested for compatibility on both the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Consumer Preview.
  • Recorded a video tutorial showing how to install and configure the DOSBox emulator and its frontend on Microsoft Windows 7.
  • A new program option to keep the original aspect ratio when running in the full-screen mode. That is useful for wide screen monitors.
  • Updated the screen shots to Windows 7-styled.
  • Enhanced the setup program.
1.8 (February 11, 2011)
  • A new field for the application entry: User Manual.
  • The main font is changed to Tahoma.
  • The Preferences window is renamed to Settings.
  • Added links to the program website, and to the company's website into the Help menu.
  • A few grammar corrections.
  • Some internal enhancements.
1.7 (June 10, 2010)
  • Added an option for hiding the DOSBox status window (console). This setting is disabled by default.
  • Ensured compatibility with the latest DOSBox v0.74.
  • Improved database saving when no changes were made.
  • Added version information into the product installer.
  • Added the confirmation before deleting an entry.
1.6 (January 18, 2010)
  • Fixed the problem with an ellipsis character in some menu captions.
  • Changed the main icon of application.
  • Revised the readme documentation. Thanks a lot to William Yates!
  • Redesigned the About and Add/Edit Entry dialog windows.
  • Now the settings, database and temporary files are being stored in the user application data folder. It solves the problem of running installable version on NT Windows systems from a non-admin user account.
  • Added an ability of auto-closing the DOSBox emulator at the end of program's execution.
  • Added an option of running all applications in the fullscreen mode.
  • Now you can specify command-line parameters for each entry in the application list.
  • A few internal improvements.
1.5 (November 1, 2009)
  • Enhanced compatibility with the latest Windows versions, Vista and Seven.
  • Removed the Help button from the Add/Edit Entry window and from the Preferences dialog: there is no budget to build a complete help file in the nearest time.
  • Improved bahaviour of the standard program messages.
  • Status bar now shows the long version of hint message.
  • Corrected a few typos in the various text labels.
  • Added support for the latest DOSBox version 0.73. It doesn't store .conf in the installation dir anymore, so DOSShell learned detecting an actual path in the user directory.
  • Added a feature of renaming the current group.
  • Now you can delete a group with all its contents.
The older changelog is unavailable.
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