Doomsday engine

To play Doom, Doom II, Heretic or Hexen on a modern PC with Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP, you can use DOSBox. But there is a better solution, to play these games with a much higher resolution (for example 1920x1080). For that, you'll need the following hard- and software:

  • Modern day graphics card
  • Doomsday Engine 1.14.x (installation instructions below)
  • Original .WAD file from (at least one of) the following games:

    • Doom Shareware (doom1.wad)
    • Doom (doom.wad)
    • Ultimate Doom (doom.wad)
    • Final Doom: Plutonia Experiment (plutonia.wad)
    • Final Doom: TNT Evilution (tnt.wad)
    • Doom II (doom2.wad)
    • Heretic Shareware (heretic1.wad)
    • Heretic (heretic.wad)
    • Heretic: Shadow o/t Serpent Riders (heretic.wad)
    • Hexen 4-Level Demo (hexen.wad)
    • Hexen (hexen.wad)
    • Hexen Deathkings of the Dark Citadel (hexen.wad + hexdd.wad)
  • You can get the WAD file by installing the original game and copy the WAD file from the installation folder, or download one of the shareware WADs from
  • Want the original Doom WADs? Buy them on Steam!
  • Need Heretic and Hexen WADs? Visit the Steam website.

Optional latest addons for Doomsday 1.14.x and newer

  • Doom - 3D characters + objects (download)
  • Doom - High resolution textures (download)
  • Heretic - 3D characters + objects and high resolution textures (download)
  • Hexen - High resolution textures (download)
  • Hexen - High resolution textures + 3D characters and objects (download) - unfortunately some of the weapons are not visible...
  • Hexen - 3D characters + objects (download) - not stable with V1.9.7 to V1.9.9. Please note that as of V1.9.10 most objects are disabled. To enjoy all 3D objects, use Doomsday V1.9.6.


Hexen OpenGL with High Res textures and 3D characters addon.
Doom II with Doomsday Engine and Addons.
Doom II with Doomsday Engine and HiRes Pack.
Heretic OpenGL with High Resolution addons.

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Installation and configuration of Doomsday

To get the Doomsday engine working with your favorite game, follow these steps:

  • Download Doomsday Engine.
  • Install the Doomsday Engine. In this example the program is in F:\Games\Doomsday.
  • Put your WAD files in the correct data folder. For example:

    • doom1.wad in the F:\Games\Doomsday\data\jdoom folder
    • heretic1.wad in the F:\Games\Doomsday\data\jheretic folder
    • hexen.wad in the F:\Games\Doomsday\data\jhexen folder
    • Please note that these are shareware WADs
  • In this image the WADs from Doom shareware (DOOM1.WAD), Ultimate Doom (DOOM.WAD), Final Doom (tnt.wad and plutonia.wad) and Doom II (DOOM2.WAD) are in the jdoom folder:

Doomsday wads in jDoom folder

  • Put all optional addons in the Doomsday\snowberry\addons folder. Some addons come as resource packs; a folder with a lot of seperate files. Just put that folder into the addons folder (like the Doom resource pack

Doomsday addons

  • Start Doomsday and follow the instructions of the setup wizard. You can enter the setup wizard later by clicking on Tools - Show Setup Wizard.
  • When you have finished the setup wizard, click on the Shared Settings menu and click on the Settings tab. Here you can configure the settings that will be used by all games, unless you change those settings for a specific game.
  • Take a look at display settings. As of version 1.9.10 resolution can only be set with the control panel in the game. The Doomsday Engine will start in full screen mode by default, unless you check the Always start in windowed mode option. In windowed mode, you can change the window resolution by resizing the window.
  • As of version 1.11.0 the control panel can only be accessed from the taskbar. Enable the taskbar by selecting show taskbar in the Options menu of the game.
  • As of version 1.12.0 the control panel is removed and replaced by a new settings menu, accessable through the Doomsday taskbar.

Doomsday Shared Settings.

  • Configure addons for your games by clicking on one of the games and then click on the addons tab. In this example we will configure addons for Doom:
  • Check optional addons to use (jd*.pk3 files are for Doom). Be sure to get these here! In this example we use the "jDoom Resource Pack", the "Doom hi-res Texture Pack", the "HQ DOOM SFX" and the "User interface" addons for Doom:

Doomsday Doom addons.

  • Next, click on the Settings tab. Set the game data file if you haven't done that during the setup wizard. In this example the DOOM.wad file is used:

Doomsday Doom game file.

  • Start the game by pressing the Play button.
  • Check the video settings by pressing Esc, choose Options and then Control panel:

Doomsday Doom select control panel in options menu.

  • As of version 1.11.0 the control panel option has been replaced with show taskbar. To access the control panel, select show taskbar, click on the DE logo and choose control panel.
  • As of version 1.12.0 the control panel has been removed. To access settings: open the options menu, select show taskbar, click on the settings icon and navigate your way through the menu.
  • In the control panel, enable antialiasing and VSync and choose appropriate resolution (in this example we have chosen the our desktop resolution of 1920x1080):

Doomsday Doom control panel.

  • Press escape to exit the control panel and start a new game!

Hexen - Deathkings of the Dark Citadel

If you want to play Hexen Deathkings of the Dark Citadel:

  • You have Hexen running with the Doomsday engine with the instructions above
  • Put HEXDD.WAD file in the jHexen folder
  • Check HEXDD.WAD in the addons section at the Hexen settings


As of version 1.10 of Doomsday, it is very easy to start a multiplayer game for one of the games that the Doomsday Engine supports (for example Doom II or Heretic).

Click here for a compact guide. We'll expand the guide in time, we'll keep you posted through Twitter.

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