This page is for the original game. For the 2016 game, see Doom (2016).
The Ultimate Doom is an updated version of the original Doom that features a new fourth episode, Thy Flesh Consumed. All digital distribution releases carry The Ultimate Doom.
A list of all alpha, beta, and shareware versions of the game can be found at Doomworld Shareware section. Details about each alpha and beta release can be found both on The Page of Doom and the Doom Wiki. Note that the .WAD files available in the alphas and beta are not compatible with any Doom source port. They should work in DOSBox however. You can use the following batch launcher to make it's usage with such easier.
echo DOOM Pre-Releases
echo │  Doom 0.2 │
echo │  Doom 0.3 │
echo │  Doom 0.4 │
echo │  Doom 0.5 │
echo │  Doom press release beta: easy │
echo │  Doom press release beta: normal │
echo │  Doom press release beta: hard │
echo │ [Q] Quit! │
choice/c:1234567q/n Choose Number:
if errorlevel 8 goto exit
if errorlevel 7 goto betah
if errorlevel 6 goto betan
if errorlevel 5 goto betae
if errorlevel 4 goto 05
if errorlevel 3 goto 04
if errorlevel 2 goto 03
if errorlevel 1 goto 02
if errorlevel 0 goto exit
newdoom -devparm -skill 0 -pressrelease %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9
newdoom -devparm -pressrelease %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9
newdoom -devparm -skill 2 -pressrelease %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9
echo by id Software, inc.
echo Copyright (C) 1993
Alpha maps that have been converted to work with modern versions of the engine can be found here. Note that they are still development/education quality, being strait ports of the maps, and not meant for use as a typical game addon.
All patches for the retail versions of Doom (as well as Doom II: Hell on Earth and Final Doom) can be found here. The retail versions of the original Doom can be upgraded to The Ultimate Doom through patches.
When using the keyboard and mouse configuration in Doom or similar games on DOS or through DOSBox, vertical mouse movement causes the player to move forward and back, which can make mouse aiming difficult. novert is a DOS TSR that disables vertical mouse movement to prevent unnecessary player movement.
MOUNT C "."
DOOM.EXE -config MOUSE.CFG
Since the release of the source code, several modified engines have emerged.
You can view a more exhaustive list on Wikipedia or a set of comparison tables on DoomWiki.org. The history of various source ports is examined on Doomworld. Latest Git builds of ZDoom, GZDoom, QZDoom, and Odamex are available at DRD Team Development Builds.
If using a source port, it is recommended to use any of these following launchest to easily load the WADs or PK3 files, change their loading order, add the command lines or even set up the starting level. Some of these even allows you to save the list of mods you have added.
The following wads are designed to fix some sort of game data bug or a feature short coming of the game. They do not add any levels/change play style and thus are generally compatible with most user add-ons.
If using the GZDoom or QZDoom source ports, you can use JP LeBreton's WadSmoosh tool to combine any of the official DOS-era Doom games' IWADs (Doom, Doom II: Hell on Earth, Master Levels for Doom II, and Final Doom) that you own, as well as the No Rest for the Living WAD from Doom 3: BFG Edition, into a single PK3 IWAD with each game selectable as episodes. The bonus secret levels from the Xbox port of Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil expansion can also be integrated. The tool along with a guide to use it can be found here.
A freely redistributable replacement of Doom-like assets is available at Freedoom, forming a completely free and open source game. Art assets from the original game such as the levels, sounds, textures, etc., remain under copyright. They can be purchased from Steam, GOG.com, or copied from an original game disc.
ZDoom seeks to support multiple monitors out of the box since version 2.5.0. Widescreen Gaming Forum discusses multi-monitor set ups with GZDoom.
The oldest versions of Doom supported multi-monitor by having a network of three computers, used to expand the field of view. The three clients needed to be launched with the following parameters: doom -devparm -net 3 -left, doom -devparm -net 3, and doom -devparm -net 3 -right.
doom -devparm -net 3 -left
doom -devparm -net 3
doom -devparm -net 3 -right
Depending on your choice of engine, you can usually change the field of view with a console command, or even in the options. Try fov <1-179> or gr_fov <1-179>.
The following lists source ports that supports borderless fullscreen windowed, either natively or though third-party programs.
Run the program as administrator