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macOS releases

Current stable version

Download DOSBox Staging 0.81.1 Universal Binary (dmg)
sha256: 0f89f42d93c39fe96634934e19ef5a9f0a6978d6568e853e95c3f2154b9dbe9c

DOSBos Staging requires macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later, and supports both Intel and Apple silicon Macs.

Check out the 0.81.1 release notes to learn about the changes and improvements introduced by this release.


The Homebrew package is compatible with macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or newer. Learn how to set up Homebrew here.

brew update
brew install dosbox-staging


The MacPorts package should build on systems as old as macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard, circa 2009) or newer. Learn how to set up MacPorts here.

sudo port selfupdate
sudo port install dosbox-staging

If you’re running an OS not longer maintained by Apple, then support is on a best-effort basis (as the team runs supported configurations and may not be able to reproduce some issues).

Hardware requirements

The latest release is compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or newer and supports both 64-bit Intel and Apple silicon Macs.

Development snapshot builds

You can always see what’s cooking on the main branch! 😎 🍺

These snapshot builds might be slow or unstable as they are designed with developers and testers in mind.

Apple Gatekeeper

For releases before 0.81.0, you’ll need to do the following when launching DOSBox Staging for the first time:

  • Ctrl click (or right-click) on the DOSBox Staging app, and click Open.
  • Click OK to close the resulting message.
  • Open the app a second time (as per above); now Gatekeeper will show an Open button like this:

Gatekeeper window


Apple’s Gatekeeper feature only permits the running of notarized software, one aspect of which involves developers making yearly payments to Apple.

As DOSBox Staging is a volunteer effort, we were not in a position to make such payments prior to version 0.81.0, and therefore asked users to bypass Apple’s Gatekeeper manually.

Older releases

Building from source

Of course, you can always build DOSBox Staging straight from the source.

Send us patches if you improve something! 😄