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It's an oldie but a goodie from the classic era of computing - and people still use it to this day!

When McBBS (McDonald Bulletin Board System; named after its creator: Derek McDonald) was conceived of back in 1989 nobody knew quite what a phenominon it would become. Distributed worldwide, McBBS became a staple in modem communications during the Commodore-64 and early PC eras. This is THE ONLY official site of its distribution that remains. Here you will find the official history text on the program, be able to download it, and be able to download the compnion terminal program (COMTERM), optional for its operation but required if you plan to use the exclusive music features found in McBBS.

There is NO technical support offered with this program as it has been discontinued for over 20 years now! There are, however, many installations still in service today!

Program has operation documents included.

Be advised, although you no longer need to pay to receive this program, it is still under copyright. You may use it free of charge and pass it along to your friends but you may not modify it, sell it, distribute it in a new package or claim any sort of ownership over it. When you share it: you must share it complete!

Also be advised that there are no warranties, expressed or implied, on this product - you use it at your own risk!! Furthermore, this is the ONLY authorized distribution site and where the product comes directly from the author himself - be aware of anyone else distributing this product. BTW: If you paid for it - you got ripped off!!


Because the program was originally distributed on a self-installing floppy disk some modifications had to be made when it was ported over to internet so you could use it as originally intended.

1. You will need to download the McBBS or COMTERM installer package (created specifically for the Internet)

2. Download the add-ons (yes, they are needed!!)

3. Unzip the received files

4. DO NOT CHANGE ANY OF THE FILE NAMES, place all files in a directory called MCBBS and all addons in a directory called MCBBS/ADDONS.

5. Instructions for further installation are contained within in a file called README.TXT that will emerge from the unzipped MCINSTALL.ZIP or COMINSTALL.ZIP installation files.

NOTE 1: Remember: this program was written in an era BEFORE MS-Windows therefore files listed with a '.DOC' extension are not MS-Word documents but are plain text. Some other file extensions may not be recognizeed by Windows.

NOTE 2: The programs may not work (are untested) on Vista or Windows 7, (never mind 8 or 10), it is best to install and run this program in MS-DOS/PC-DOS - A real copy or 100% virtual machine version of that famous OS - The Windows 'DOS/Command' Prompt will NOT work on versions of Windows later than XP-SP3!! The highest version of Windows KNOWN to allow McBBS to run with no further modification is Win-98;
there are XP installations known, but not certified - configuration modifications may be needed.

NOTE 3: 'PETSCII' transmission mode was removed in this version.

NOTE 4: Best performance is received when using a genuine PC-XT, AT, 80386, 80486 or Pentium Desktop, Tower or Laptop machine running MS/PC-DOS with VGA video. Speed depends on the speed of the modem used, disk drives and the processor. At maximum dial-up modem (56K) there is no point in using a machine faster than Pentium-I as there is no more speed advantage! NO - the program will not run on a 'smartphone'!

See McBBS History Page

Download McBBS Installation

Download McBBS add-ons

Download Comterm Installation

Download Comterm Add-ons

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