Article Written by Psyraven –

Hi all,

After 6 months of quite intense development, DOSBox Pure has been released for public testing. DOSBox Pure is a new fork built for RetroArch/Libretro, aiming for simplicity and ease of use.

The main features of this fork are:

  • As easy as a console game emulator by loading DOS games from ZIP files and saving into separate save files
  • Support for save states and even rewinding
  • Automatic game detection with custom gamepad to keyboard mapping for many DOS games
  • Mouse, keyboard and joystick emulation for gamepads and an on-screen keyboard

Other features are support for cheats, built-in MIDI software synthesizer (needs a SF2 soundfont file), disc swapping menu and a start menu that lists EXE files controllable by gamepad.

This initial release is feature complete as of now for what I wanted to accomplish, yet it is clearly marked as intended for public testing. So try to be constructive and as technical as possible if something doesn’t work as expected, I’ll be thankful.

I wanted to get this out before the holidays and to personally end 2020 with something cool. I hope you like it 🙂

Code and download: