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macOS builds

Download DOSBox Staging 0.80.1 Universal Binary (dmg)
sha256: 46a256645255e8345981ea357f1416b8ce4bc60a2aba9a86b5122d5075aa7fa9

This package is compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or newer and supports both Intel and M1 Macs.

Check out the 0.80.1 release notes to learn about the changes and improvements introduced by this release.


macOS uses its Gatekeeper feature to prevent users from running externally-hosted 3rd party software, such as DOSBox Staging. See the section below to learn how to fix it.


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

For x86 CPUs the SSE 4.2 instruction set is required. For Intel Mac models that don’t support it, you can try using the partial SSE4.2 emulator MouSSE.

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

You’ll need to do the following when launching DOSBox Staging for the first time (you’ll need to repeat these steps every time after having upgraded to a newer version):

  • 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 are not in a position to make such payments and therefore ask users to bypass Apple’s Gatekeeper manually.

Older builds

Building from source

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

Send us patches if you improve something! 😄