86Box is a hypervisor and IBM PC system emulator that specializes in running old operating systems and software designed for IBM PC systems and compatibles from 1981 through fairly recent system designs based on the PCI bus.



The latest stable version of 86Box is version 2.07, which was released on November 20, 2019, and is available from our GitHub repository.

We also offer nightly builds, which are built off the latest source code, but may not be as stable and/or optimized as stable builds.

System requirements and recommendations

It is also recommended to use the 86Box Manager by daviunic (Overdoze) to manage virtual machines even though it is possible to use 86Box on its own with the --vmpath/-P command line option.

Getting started

If you’re a new user, click here to see a brief tutorial on how to configure everything so you can start working.


See frequently asked questions for solutions to common problems with 86Box or join our IRC or Discord for assistance.

Get in touch

You can reach us on our IRC channel, Discord server or Twitter to discuss anything related to retro computing and, of course, 86Box. We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit our IRC channel

Visit our Discord server

Twitter: @86BoxEmulator*


Our YouTube channel* contains detailed, high-quality 86Box tutorials and videos about various related topics.

The YouTube channel and Twitter account are managed by staff member DDX (@DDXofficial).


We do not charge you for the emulator but donations are still welcome: https://paypal.me/86Box.

You can now also support the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/86box.


86Box is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2.