QBasic is a simple and easy-to-learn programming language that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. It was designed for beginners who wanted to create their own programs using a friendly and intuitive syntax. QBasic can run on DOS operating systems, but it can also be used on modern Mac systems with the help of a DOS emulator. In this article, we will show you how to download and install QBasic on your Mac, and how to use it to write and run your own BASIC programs.
Step 1: Download QBasic for Mac
QBasic is a free software that you can download from various sources online. One of them is FileHorse, which offers a portable package of QBasic 1.1 for Mac OS X 10.6 or later[^1^]. To download QBasic from FileHorse, follow these steps:
Go to https://mac.filehorse.com/download-qbasic/
Click on the green \"Download Latest Version\" button.
Save the ZIP file to your desired location on your Mac.
Extract the ZIP file to a folder with full write permissions (failing to do so may result in IDE or compilation errors).
You should see a folder named \"QBasic\" with several files inside, including the \"QBasic\" executable.
Step 2: Install a DOS Emulator
Since QBasic is a DOS-based program, you will need a DOS emulator to run it on your Mac. A DOS emulator is a software that simulates the environment and functions of a DOS operating system, allowing you to run DOS applications on your Mac. One of the most popular and reliable DOS emulators is DOSBox, which is also free and open-source. To install DOSBox on your Mac, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.dosbox.com/
Click on the \"Downloads\" tab at the top of the page.
Scroll down to the \"Mac OS X\" section and click on the link for your Mac OS version (for example, \"Mac OS X 10.15 Catalina\").
Save the DMG file to your desired location on your Mac.
Open the DMG file and drag the \"DOSBox\" icon to your Applications folder.
You should see a \"DOSBox\" application in your Applications folder.
Step 3: Run QBasic on Your Mac
Now that you have downloaded QBasic and installed DOSBox, you are ready to run QBasic on your Mac. To do so, follow these steps:
Open DOSBox from your Applications folder.
You should see a black window with a command prompt that says \"Z:\\>\". This is where you can type DOS commands to navigate and run programs.
Type \"mount c /path/to/qbasic/folder\" (without quotes) and press Enter. Replace \"/path/to/qbasic/folder\" with the actual path of the folder where you extracted QBasic (for example, \"/Users/yourname/Desktop/QBasic\"). This will mount the QBasic folder as drive C in DOSBox.
Type \"c:\" (without quotes) and press Enter. This will switch to drive C in DOSBox.
Type \"qbasic\" (without quotes) and press Enter. This will launch QBasic in DOSBox.
You should see a blue screen with a menu bar at the top that says \"File Edit View Search Run Debug Options Help\". This is the QBasic IDE (Integrated Development Environment), where you can write and run your BASIC programs.
Step 4: Write and Run Your First QBasic Program
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