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Development builds


These are unstable development snapshots intended for testing and showcasing new features; if you want to download a stable build, head on to the Linux, Windows, or macOS download pages.

Build artifacts are hosted on GitHub; you need to be logged in to download them.

Download link Build version Date

¹ macOS builds include Intel, Apple silicon, and universal binaries.

² Windows build is a 64-bit portable ZIP package.

Installation notes

Testing new features might require a manual reset of the configuration file. DOSBox Staging builds use a configuration file named dosbox-staging.conf located in:

Linux ~/.config/dosbox/
Windows C:\Users\USERNAME>\AppData\Local\DOSBox\
macOS ~/Library/Preferences/DOSBox/


The tarball contains a dynamically-linked x86-64 build; you’ll need additional dependencies installed via your package manager.


sudo dnf install SDL2 SDL2_net opusfile

Debian, Ubuntu

sudo apt install libsdl2-2.0-0 libsdl2-net-2.0-0 libopusfile0

Arch, Manjaro

sudo pacman -S sdl2 sdl2_net opusfile


Windows executables in snapshot packages are not signed, therefore Windows 10 might prevent the program from starting.

See this guide to learn how to deal with this.


macOS development builds are not notarized (but the public releases are); Apple Gatekeeper will try to prevent the program from running.

See this guide to learn how to deal with this.