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21 Aug 2006

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Special thanks to these FTP archives, mirrors, and other file-hosting institutions:

SAC     FreeDOS     GDS     LEO     Kiarchive     garbo     ibiblio


This "site" is not a general DOS archive but rather a selective listing of free DOS programs – there exist huge gaps in coverage. In brief: no games are listed, few specialized device drivers, and few networking apps. Nor is MS-DOS here, but see the Operating Systems page for a note on support sites, and for other, free DOSes.

While this site is primarily intended for DOS / Win3.x users who won't or can't succumb to 32-bit incarnations of Windows, many programs here may be appropriate for any OS with DOS support or emulation, sometimes including WinNT/2K/XP. However, many are 16-bit and don't support long file names (LFNs), FAT32, NTFS, HPFS, or huge drives, may abort on high MHz PCs, or may not be Y2K ready. If a program is "compatible" with Win9x LFNs (= uses LFNs when run under Win9x) you should see a notice, otherwise assume 8+3 file name conventions. A few Win32 console programs are currently catalogued, but more can be found here paired with DOS counterparts.

Many programs are not stored on major ftp archives that are known to be secure, so you'll want to scan downloaded files with an antivirus program.

This site's pages are now being distributed under the CDL (Common Documentation License). This reasonably unrestrictive license allows for the free distribution, publication, and modification of these pages by anyone (the major restriction is that derivative works must adhere to the same license). The entire collection of the Free Software for DOS HTML pages together with a copy of the CDL can be downloaded as a single archive file – see Take Us Home.


Why create a freeware list devoted to a "dying, obsolete" operating system?

What is the Free Software for DOS site?

What types of programs are (and are not) listed?

Why don't you list DOS pay-shareware or "abandonware"?

Can I mail you a program suggestion or other comments?


By Founding Editor: Rich Green
Newport Coast, CA [USA]

To the generous and thoughtful programmers who create some very enjoyable and useful software. Second, to the FTP sites, administrators, and mirrors who grant free access to their file collections. And to those who submit tips to the DOS newsgroups – many of the gems here were first discovered through newsgroups. A big thanks to all those who have so graciously offered advice, correction, and support. And to my fiancée who has long endured this addiction.

Special persons who have contributed to this effort:

Special thanks to: Bjørn Simonsen whose wisdom and patient advice throughout have been invaluable; Howard Schwartz who has contributed several excellent reviews and program suggestions; and Robert Bull for his excellent program suggestions and commentary. Also, thanks go to Yves Bellefeuille, Bob Appleton, and Dev Teelucksingh for their immensely helpful freeware / software lists. (Of course, all errors included within are my own invention!)

Too many other wonderful people to list...
Original Site Statistics

Dates Online
NOV 1994-JUL 1995
U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
DEC 1996-MAR 1999
MAR 1999-SEP 2001
GeoCities, @HOME mirror
SEP 2001-MAR 2002, @HOME mirror
MAR 2002-MAY 2004

Disk usage
1.2MB (text)
~1200 (external)


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(unique sessions at GeoCities 07/00-07/01):
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diskutil.htm 43015
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diskutil.htm 20527
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misc.htm 18688
boot.htm 18594
windos.htm 16300
txtedit1.htm 15865
desktops.htm 15671
communic.htm 15506
0grpidx1.htm 14699
compress.htm 13715
0namidx2.htm 13636
progrmg.htm 13368
0grpidx2.htm 13166
filutil1.htm 12959
dbase.htm 12671
batch.htm 11964
sound.htm 11614
filutil2.htm 11588
graphics.htm 11031
fileman.htm 10726
misc.htm 9297
txtedit2.htm 8597
unix.htm 8421
screen.htm 8311
menu.htm 7735
z_more.htm 7641
antivir.htm 7561
txtutil4.htm 6681
dirutil.htm 6576
keyb.htm 6368
htmlutil.htm 6240
txtms03.htm 5498
txtms01.htm 5427
arc01.htm 5419
cal.htm 5341
txtvw01.htm 4977
z_2nd.htm 4975
graphics.htm 4757
math.htm 4700
filefind.htm 4047
dirutil.htm 3107
txtms02.htm 2813
system.htm 2624
htmlutil.htm 2602
crypt.htm 2405
arc02.htm 2029
downloads.htm 1924
00intro.htm 1549
txtutil4.htm 1420
print.htm 1114
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