VirtualXT is an IBM PC/XT emulator that runs on modern hardware and operating systems. It is designed to be simple and lightweight yet still capable enough to run a large library of old application and games.

The default setup emulates a Intel 8088 CPU running at 4.77 Mhz just like the original IBM 5150/5160. This is quite a slow system and the original 8088 only operates in real-mode. This means that no protected-mode or 32 bit applications will run. (Most MS-DOS software from the 90's requires a later CPU.)

You can find an online game library here.


(Some of which are only available in the desktop version.)

  • Intel 8088 or NEC V20 CPU
  • Hardware CPU validator
  • CGA/HGC compatible graphics
  • Turbo XT BIOS 3.1 with extensions
  • Keyboard controller with 83-key XT-style keyboard
  • Serial port with Microsoft 2-button mouse
  • Floppy and hard disk controller
  • Direct file share with host
  • AdLib Music Synthesizer
  • Ethernet adapter
  • Real Time Clock
  • PC speaker


VirtualXT is still in early development and there is a lot of work to be done. :)

You can find it all on the Github issue tracker.



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Linux - Flathub

flathub install org.virtualxt.VirtualXT

Linux - Snap Store

snap install virtualxt

MacOS - Homebrew

brew tap virtualxt/tap
brew install virtualxt
Updated 12 hours ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorAndreas Jonsson
Made withSDL
Tags16-bit, 186, 8088, cga, DOS, Emulator, msdos, v20, windows-3, x86
Code licensezlib License
Average sessionA few seconds
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
LinksHomepage, Source code, YouTube


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