QuickBasic Compiler and Visual Basic for DOS

All offered Compilers at a Glance

The most popular Compiler - QuickBASIC 4.5

This version is very appreciated by game developers in particular, but not exclusively. For this purpose, a great number of extensions (program libraries) are available. Both the english and german version are ready for download below.

The final QuickBASIC Version - BASIC Professional Development System 7.1

This version is also known as QuickBASIC Extended, in short: QBX. Finally, the command set was significantly enhanced, primarily in the field of databases usage. Therefore, QBX is particularly suitable for application development which has huge amounts of data to process.
Below are two download packages available: First, the untouched version, formerly distributed on eight 3½″ floppy disks with a maximum of 1.44 MB each. Second, the uncompressed version, which can be used immediately without installation.

The Next Generation - Visual Basic for MS-DOS

Microsoft launched Visual Basic 1 (short: VB), which replaces QuickBASIC. This version is available for both OSs MS-DOS and Windows. After that, Microsoft terminated developing DOS-based software development environments.
There are again two download offers below: The untouched version, formerly distributed on seven floppies and the uncompressed portable bundle for instant usage.

QuickBasic 4.5 EN

This download package contains all the files of the original release including all example files and demos! For a complete list of files and a short description of each file, look in PACKING.LST.txt. Loads of extensions available, especially for game development, but also for applications: Move to download section Libraries for details.


QuickBasic 4.5 DE

QBasic 4.5 - german version: For further information see english description above.

QuickBasic 7.1

Quickbasic Extended 7.1 PDS (Professional Development System) aka QBX: The last version of QuickBasic; it has a few slight improvements on QB 4.5 and alot of database commands (powerful built-in ISAM database routines) plus some extras.

QBX 7.1 Floppies

QBX in its genuine package. Each folder contains all files of one of the eight disks. Files on the distribution disks are compressed (indicated by a dollar sign in the file extension) and must be decompressed before they are used. The Setup program on disk 1 unpacks files as it installs them. A separate file unpacking utility (UNPACK.EXE) is provided for manual file decompression.

Visual Basic for DOS

Visual Basic Programming System for MS-DOS. This package comes with a number of demonstration and utility programs written in Basic. Visual Basic 1 is also available for Windows at: Windows Compiler

VBDOS Floppies

Complete VBDOS bundle as supplied on floppies. Seven disks at seven folders. Files on the distribution disks are compressed (indicated by a "$" in the file extension) and must be decompressed before they are used. The Setup program on disk 1 decompresses files as they are installed. A separate file decompression utility (DECOMP.EXE) located on disk 1 can be used for decompressing individual files.