PC-BASIC is a free, cross-platform interpreter for GW-BASIC, BASICA, PCjr Cartridge Basic and Tandy 1000 GWBASIC. PC-BASIC is free and open source software released under the GPLv3.
For documentation, release notes and GitHub-hosted downloads, please see the official homepage:
For bug reports and new features, please use the forum.
- Runs GW-BASIC programs stored in tokenised form, as text (,A) or in protected form (,P)
- GW-BASIC compatible MBF floating-point arithmetic and random-number generator
- Sound and graphics, including Tandy 1000/PCjr 3-voice sound and noise generator
- Built-in support for many codepages including DBCS
PC-BASIC is an impressive emulator. I run it on Rasbian in a Raspberry Pi 2 and It works great. Given its integration with the host system, it makes some retro-programming projects easier to develop than using the actual GW-BASIC interpreter on DOSBox, for example; and the result is easier to run on different platforms.
It works GREAT! I use it on Windows and Ubuntu Studio (both 64-bit). Thanks for the work. A PDF version of the documentation might be useful. - joel in Dallas
I have been using BASIC quite a time. Since the IBM PCjr I have made some of my programs with BASIC, still using the Dartmouth style like GWBASIC from MS. I still have some codes or programs that run on GWBASIC. Having PC-BASIC implemented as a cross-platform for various versions makes this emulator a powerful one. As I have noticed, it is faster than DOSBOX emulation, have different features that make PC-BASIC easy and capable for some elaborated programs often seen. The window is very comfortable that let you size it for convenience; fonts, syntax and other options are available in the PCBASIC.INI. It’s true that it’s in BETA state which makes it somewhat unstable, but the author is quickly adjusting any bugs found for a new fix, perfecting it a little bit more. Once you have installed PC-BASIC, for various OS, the documentations and forums are available for newbies and experimented to reach there Q&A for support in been a programmer and how to master the application. For those who already manifested thru those days of programming in BASIC, it’s a refreshing and a rush, in a retro way, which importance of this language marked what is programming today. /Ron.
For a quick BASIC routine check this environment is one of the best I have tried - more convenient than most DOSBox options. Sticks to the adage that BASIC implies Briskly Achieve Solutions Impossible in C. It's a permanent install on my computer now.
Full disclosure: I am the main author, so obviously I think PC-BASIC is great! I'm developing and maintaining this in my spare time, but I'm able to respond to questions fairly quickly. While I think it is now very usable and many people will be able to use it without any issues, PC-BASIC is actively developed and not yet entirely stable. PC-BASIC is intended to mimic an old and not very user-friendly piece of software, so necessarily it will have a bit of a learning curve. Do check out the documentation on this site; the same files are also in the download package. But if you can't get it to do what you need, don't hesitate to ask on the forum. If you run into bugs, or would like to request a feature, please leave a message on the forum and check back occasionally. That way I can get back to you to ask you for more information, for example to be able to reproduce the bug or better understand what you're trying to get done. You'll often hear back within a few days, if not quicker. Note that SourceForge offers no way for me to open a dialogue like that on a review, so please do not use the reviews section for bug reports. It makes it very difficult for me to get the information I need from you to solve the bug. Rob