MS-DOS was always a little sparse, MS doing the least amount of
developement they could get away with (remember the countless magazine pages
written when they finally added an external MOVE command?). In consequence
uncountable little tools and utilities were developed by individuals and
companies, or ported from grown up operating systems like Unix. Here's a
small and very personal selection:
Most of these utilties together don't do
as much as 4DOS alone, where all of this functionality and more is built-in
The ultimate DOS enhancer: a replacement for command.com with a ton of
new internal commands, internal variables, built-in functions, aliases,
enhanced command line editing, colored dirs, file lister, select boxes,
quick dir changes, and much more. - by Rex Conn, JP Software
Fast directory change (à la 4DOS's fuzzy dir or NCD or LCD). This one can
handle Win95 LFNs, but not NT's. Freeware. - by A. Merckens
Command line editor. Good Doskey replacement. In 4DOS comfortable command
line editing is a built-in feature . - by Cristopher J. Dunford
ColorDIR is a replacement for DOS's DIR command. It uses color to make it
easy to spot different types of files. It sorts by name, extension, date
or size, and it even handles international date and time formats for my
Canadian friends. (built-in feature in 4DOS). Freeware. - by Loren Blaney
A resizer for the console. Translation: a scrollbar for the
command prompt window in Win9x.
Complete path- and filenames with ALT-Tab from the command line and in
user progs. - by Tobias Polzin
Tips for optimizing performance for WfW 3.1 plus specific
information about using EMM386.
Another backscroll buffer, if you don't want to use Ansiplus. Shareware.
- by Bromfield Software Products.
Surely the most powerful single prog to enhance DOS
batching. See my Info page
Compares 2 files with errorlevel return. - by Dan Goodell.
(MS-DOS' own FC utility does not return a meaningful errorlevel, making it
nearly useless for batch purposes).
Comandiux is multipurpose command line system
utility. Enhances standard windows environment with many new features.
Automates various activities and ads power to batch files. - by Marian
ExtraDOS Toolbox Professional is a compilation of powerful and
sophisticated tools for MS-DOS users. - by Foley Hi-tech Systems
A fast and handy command line utility for file integrity
verification. It offers a choice of 13 of the most popular hash and
checksum functions for file message digest and checksum calculation. - by
Quite a lot of utilities: GnuWin32 provides Win32-versions
of GNU tools (Unix), or tools with a similar open source licence. The
ports are native ports, that is they rely only on libraries provided with
any 32-bits MS-Windows operating system, such as MS-Windows 95 / 98 / 2000
/ NT / XP
Free. A DOS menu system. This is the public version of the popular GMENU
program found throughout the Army - by John Junod
Programmable DOS shell with integrated zip/unzip. Supports 4DOS
descriptions. Long abandoned shareware - by Eclipse Technologies Inc
XSET allows you to put data into variables of the current
DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
or OS/2 environment and use it as if you had assigned it the value with
the standard command SET. - by Marc Stern. Good, but not as efficient as
A very much enhanced and in some cases indispensable free
copy command (you can even duplicate entire bootable system drives) in 16
and 32 bit versions. There's an enhanced commercial Pro version. - by
Parsing of text files is a frequently encountered
chore in DOS, and lot's of tools have been developed to help in this. Here
are a few:
Code anything easily with this powerful, flexible, and
extensible editor supporting multitudes of programming and scripting
languages: ActionScript, Active Server Pages (ASP), ADA, Apache, BASIC,
batch files, C, C++, C#, Cascading Style Sheets (css), ColdFusion
TCL, and VB Script. Includes Intellisense, and project and code templates.
- Shareware by Dr. Alex, C Point Pty Ltd.
ConTEXT is a small, fast and powerful text editor, developed
mainly to serve as secondary tool for software developers. After years and
years searching for suitable Windows text editor, I haven't found any of
them to completely satisfy my needs, so I wrote my own. Freeware by Eden
Crimson Editor is a free professional source code editor for
Windows, fast and small. While it can serve as a good replacement for
Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for programming languages
such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java. - by Ingyu Kang
Elvis is a very powerful vi/ex clone providing a
remarkable number of bells and whistles like syntax highlighting, multiple
files in multiple windows, browse modes for LaTeX (rather experimental),
HTML and MAN pages, networking support (http and ftp) and GUI frontends
for some of its platforms (DOS among others). - by Steve Kirkendall
Epsilon by Lugaru features powerful built-in Emacs-style and
Brief-style command sets, incredible performance, convenient built-in help
etc. Commercial software.
GAWK for DOS
Port of GNU AWK V.3.04: a pattern scanning and processing language
for working on text files. Free. - by Rob Duff
Win32 General Search and Replace utility for text and binary
files. - by Tormod Tjaberg
Good overview of and links to text formatters and filters.
Jens' File Editor, a free editor from a german author with
lots of useful features . - by Jens Altmann
Notepad2 is a small, fast and free (Windows) text editor
with syntax highlighting for HTML and other common languages, eg. Batch
Pedit is a freeware DOS editor similar to, but better than
the standard DOS edit program. - by Goldshell Digital Media
Very enhanced SORT filter, large files, multiple keys, etc.
Freeware. - by Bob Pirko
QEdit Advanced, SemWare's shareware text editor, gr8! Free.
TSE junior. There's a test version of
TSE 2.5 f. DOS. by
Scintilla's SCITE is a free 32-bit editor. It comes with
complete source code and a license that permits use in any free project or
commercial product. As well as features found in standard text editors,
Scintilla includes features especially useful when editing and debugging
source code. These include support for syntax styling, error indicators,
code completion and call tips (for
4NT / 4DOS). - Open source project.
SED for DOS
Port of Unix SED V. 1.5, a Stream EDitor for working on text files. Free.
- by Eric S. Raymond, David P Kirschbaum & Howard L. Helman. A good SED
Brixoft Source Edit is a free editor especially made for
developers. It has syntax highlighters for all the most common computer
languages and if you miss one you easily create your own with the built-in
Another free text editor with many interesting features - by
TEXTools is a powerful pipe-based text editing workbench for
Windows that allows you to morph text into other forms quickly.
TEXTools can be utilized from batch files, (using TEXTools
Command Line) scripting languages such as VBScript, JScript, Perl, Python,
etc. and also from programs written in languages such as Visual Basic,
Delphi, C++, etc. Commercial app by Firefly Software.
Text Tools Short.Stop's pages for free text format utils and filters
for DOS, a very comprehensive site.
Eric Meyers's VDE, a small, fast text editor and word processor that is
surprisingly powerful and customizable. - maintained by Dennis McCunney
Free Online Unicode Character Map, - by Alan Iwi
The Fax programs:
Version 1.60. - by B. J. Guillot
Version 3.09. - by BIT Software
The 3 big T comm programs of the DOS era:
Telemate was my favourite as a comm program. Very powerful
and easy to use. (Program is split into 4 files at this site! Be careful
to get them all). - by White River Software
Telix for DOS is still a commercial communications product,
celebrating its tenth anniversary. It boasts a long feature list while
maintaining a small size and ease of use. Windows version available. - by
Extremely Powerful Terminal Program w. many
Features. - by Datacomm
Generally useful sites:
Collection of CAPI Fossil drivers. - by Robert E. Juge
German Site with help, info and downloads. by Peter Zwosta
Robert E. Juge
BBS-oriented file collection with many comm programs,
offline readers, BBS systems and utilities, othr DOS programs and more.
The standard Hayes modem command set explained
Many comm programs and tools. Very useful file collection.
I have no experience of my own with these programs
except Crosspoint. I've tried to concentrate on sites of people who make a
competent impression here.
DOS Web Browser. - by Arachne Labs. A new maintainer has taken Arachne up
to v.1.8n here.
Blat - A Win32 command line SMTP/NNTP mailer. Use it to
automatically eMail logs, the contents of a html FORM, or whatever else
you need to send. - By Pedro Mendes, Mark Neal et. al.
C. dela Cruz
WWW Bowsers for DOS
Good collection of packet drivers. - by Russel Nelson
TCP/IP for DOS using the WATTCP clients.
The ultimative german DOS newsreader for usenet, Fido. MausNet ... - by
Peter Mandrella. It's still being been developed further under the GNU
license as FreeXP,
Eisenberger DOS Internet Links, TCP/IP, PPP, Browsers,
Dos Internet pages with FAQs and many links. - by Michael Bernardi
Drop My Rights
DropMyRights is a very simple application to help users who
must run as an administrator run applications in a much-safer context—that
of a non-administrator. It does this by taking the current user's token,
removing various privileges and SIDs from the token, and then using that
token to start another process, such as Internet Explorer or Outlook. This
tool works just as well with Mozilla's Firefox, Eudora, or Lotus Notes
DOS Internet pages, a good collection of links to DOS
Internet-realted software, drivers, ...
The perfect companion to Blat: Getmail can be used to
automatically extract MIME encoded or UU encoded binary files as it
downloads your mail. - by Tim Charron
Getnews, Sendnews, and other command line programs.
Wayne Janzen FDISK.COM:
DOS and the Internet. Tools, links and infos for Internet access from DOS.
MS-DOS TCP/IP Programming
Setting up Email in DOS with today's ISP using a dialup PPP TCP/IP
Email for DOS
MailSend is a Win32 command-line SMTP Internet e-mail
transmission utility. It provides the ability to send e-mail from batch
files, scripts, executable programs, or any tool capable of running a
Fred C. Macall
Fred's DOS Internet Software: Tips, links, programs to set
up Internet access with an old PC
DOS Web Browser. - by University of Kansas, GNU public licence. Also WGET
and CURL at this site.
Make Me Admin
When you run it, you get a Command Prompt running under your
normal user account, but in a new logon session in which it is a member of
the Administrators group. This Command Prompt and any programs started
from it use your regular profile, authenticate as you on the network, but
have full local admin privileges. All other programs continue to run with
your regular, unprivileged account.
Advanced textbased dosmailer for small Computers. Runs in
plain DOS and Dosbox of WINDOWS ME
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32
and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. Written and
maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.
Many users are working under administrator account, because
some programs are missing administrator rights to run correctly.
With runasspc a standard user has not to login as administrator to run
this applications. Free for private use.
SSHDOS is an open source SSH, SCP, SFTP and Telnet client for DOS.
TCP/IP f. MS-DOS
This document outlines using the University of Waterloo TCP (WATTCP)
clients under MS-DOS.
Sources for DOS-based Internet programs. - by NCSA
Telnet Scripting Tool Windows telnet is not scriptable.
Telnet Scripting Tool is a utility to automate telnet sessions (like
calling dip on a linux system, or doing router maintenance for example).
The DOS user's guide to the Internet
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