id Software has released the source code to their classic game, Doom, under the GNU General Public License. This means that the engine which powers Doom is Free Software. However, the game engine is only one component of a complete game.The Doom engine uses an "IWAD" file to store all of its game data. This contains the raw data used by the game — the artwork, sound effects, levels, everything which defines Doom as a game. Until now, one of the original proprietary files was still needed in order to play Doom.The Freedoom project aims at collaboratively creating a free IWAD file. Combined with the free source code, this results in a complete game based on the doom engine which is Free Software.

Doom source code + Freedoom IWAD

The purpose of Freedoom

Freedoom has multiple purposes:

  1. To create a complete free game based on the Doom engine.
    A large library exists of modifications which have been created for Doom over the past fifteen years; Freedoom maintains compatibility with the original IWAD files so that these modifications can be played.
  2. To create a pool of free game material for people to reuse in their own projects.
    All material in the Freedoom project is released under the modified BSD license, allowing people to reuse it as they wish. Freedoom contains a large collection of material. This includes Doom levels, sound effects, graphics, and music.
  3. To serve as a demonstration of the talent and creativity of the Doom community.
    Despite its age, Doom has retained a surprisingly large community of fans. Freedoom is developed collaboratively by fans of the original Doom games.

A modern source port is needed to play Freedoom. We recommend one of the following ports:

PrBoom GNU GPL GNU/Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, other POSIX, WindowsSoftware, OpenGL
Odamex GNU GPL GNU/Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, other POSIX, WindowsSoftware, OpenGL
ReMooD GNU GPL GNU/Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, other POSIX, WindowsSoftware
The Eternity Engine GNU GPL DOS, WindowsSoftware
Boom GNU GPL DOS onlySoftware
Risen3D GNU GPL Windows onlyOpenGL

It is possible to run it with Chocolate Doom, although it requires a special workaround.

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Notable changes:
- New weapon sprites: Shotgun, super shotgun, chaingun, rocket launcher, and plasma gun have new graphics
- New sounds: Pistol firing, mancubus pain, explosion
- New "skeleton" sprite placeholder for unfinished monsters
- New monster sprites: Baron (WIP), Revenant
- Flats and patches (wall/floor textures) updated with a cleaner, detailed appearance
- FreeDM IWAD project, among other smaller things

Get it from the Freedoom site

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szemi Jun 22 2014 says:

Glad Doom source code is out, you made a very cool game. :D

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Eagle12687 Feb 5 2013 says:

I like the idea of FreeDoom. The engine is open-source, so naturally people should take advantage of that fact. However, some of the monsters look a bit poor. I would like to try my hand at making my own monsters for the project, (I am an hobby artist) but I am using Windows Vista and things like XWE do not work very well. Is there some other way I can import monsters? The worst that can happen is that they won't look very good either, but it couldn't hurt for me to try.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

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JFreakXD Jul 8 2013 replied:

/John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."/


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VGames Sep 23 2013 replied:

Make sure you read all of that chapter. Very important stuff.

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JFreakXD Sep 24 2013 replied:

yeah, but im not there yet. im still in the old testament.

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SamVision Mar 1 2011 says:

Still needs a better plasma gun pickup sprite. I mean come on! The existing one looks nothing like the HUD sprite.

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Luka_Grunt Aug 7 2010 says:

There is a newer version of FreeDoom...0.6.1 i think...
Just few people working on this freeware game...what you expected?
Tekken 5 graphics, lol ! xD

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dave_5430 Jan 9 2010 says:

Ya gotta be a cheap bastard if ya can't spare a buck to buy Doom nowadays...

but it's still a bloody nice attempt to Doom ya know, I mean alot of projects/mods can work by using FreeDoom, so ya don't have to actually own Doom to play those things...

But aside from that I still to date wonder 'why' freedoom was made...

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unknow5763 Dec 3 2009 says:

and this website out of date ver 4.1 or something is out now

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unknow5763 Dec 3 2009 says:

use zdoom ?

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