Raspberry Pi DOSBox: Play Classic DOS Games on the Pi

In this tutorial I go the through the steps of setting up Raspberry Pi DOSBox. This is a pretty easy process that will let you play the hundreds of great old DOS games that have been released as shareware, demos and of course freeware.

Now DOSbox will only let you play games designed for the MS-DOS operating system. If you want more than just this, then be sure to check out my tutorial on setting up retro pie for the Raspberry Pi.raspberry pi dosbox

You will find underneath the installation instructions I go through some of the top games (my personal favourites) that you will be able to play. This list may be handy if you’re overwhelmed with how many games you’re able to download and play.

If you want to hear me talk through the process of setting this all up, then be sure to check out the video below. I go through all the steps to setting this up correctly and anything else you should know.


You will need the following equipment to get this project up and running. You will also need a screen as playing a game remotely will lag lots and wouldn’t be very much fun.


Raspberry Pi

8GB+ Micro SD Card or 8 GB SD Card (For old versions of the Pi such as version 1)

Ethernet Cord or Wifi dongle (Raspberry Pi 3 has built-in WiFi)

USB Keyboard

USB Mouse


Raspberry Pi Case

External Hard drive or USB Drive (Might need it for more games)

Game Controller

Installing Raspberry Pi DOSBox

Now setting up DOSBox is super easy and won’t take you very long to get it up and running. I will go through the process of installing the software package and mention how you can tweak it further if required. You will need to make sure you have Raspbian installed before proceeding.

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About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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