DOOM 1, DOOM 2, DOOM 3 game wad files for download / Playing Doom on Debian Linux via FreeDoom open source doom engine

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Every now and then as an ex-gamer I do remember the good glorious times of the DooM oldschool 3d shooter game.

As a Linux user I do have the option to play Doom 1 and Doom 2 straight using the GPLed version of the game called FreeDoom

FreeDoom comes with a custom wad file called freedoom.wad which is a considerably good remake of the doom game, but still I don’t find so funny and bringing memories as the original game.

Thus in order to experience the original doom game play, levels and sound on my Linux, I need to use the original doom wad files

The DooM original wad files are already an abandonware and nowdays it’s a bit hard to be found. Still the wad files for the games are available for download on some major torrent trackers like piratebay but it takes time to find them therefore I decided to publicly share the Doom 1, Doom 2 and Doom 3 wad files to be easier for me to later put and play them on Linux and BSD operating systems, on the other hand I do think this files might be useful for many other oldschool DooM fans out there.

Here are the files for download:

1. Download doom 1, doom 2 and doom 3 wad files + extra of plutonia wad and tnt wad rar archive

2. Download Doom1.wad file
3. Download Doom2.wad file
4. Download Doom3.wad file

(Note that this is not original Doom3.wad – For free, its custom doom wad for prboom engine!!!)
5. Download Doom Plutonia.wad
6. Download Doom Tnt.wad

On my Debian Linux with the freedoom package in order to play the Doom1 or Doom2 wad files it’s necessary to download and place the doom1.wad or doom2.wad files into the directory /usr/share/games/doom

It’s important that the WAD files names does not contain capital letters (e.g. the files need to be placed with file names doom1.wad and doom2.wad)

The FreeDoom port package in Debian Lenny and Squeeze is available to be installed easily through apt like so:

debian:~# apt-get install prboom freedoom

To start up the doom2 game, issue the command:

debian:~# prboom

prboom also allows you to select a custom .wad file you want to play, for a custom wad file you can invoke the command:

debian:~# prboom -file yourwadfilename

Enjoy the nice oldschool game 😉

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58 Responses to “DOOM 1, DOOM 2, DOOM 3 game wad files for download / Playing Doom on Debian Linux via FreeDoom open source doom engine”

  1. admin says:

    Thanks to Alex, for the prboom -file good note

  2. Alex says:

    I have no sound with prboom on openSUSE 11.4. Also Doom3.wad crashes.

  3. Alex says:

    Make sure you have installed timidity (Software Synthesizer and MIDI Player) and you will have music.

  4. zorro says:

    sadly DOOM1.WAD is not the full version, just shareware version 4.0 Mbs :(

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  7. donald says:

    i would like to play the game doom1 2 and three on the computer have internet how do i get to play

    • admin says:

      Did you tried following my tutorial. On Linux you should be able to play doom1, doom2 after downloading the DOOM wad files provided in the post.

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  10. MASTERDOOMER says:

    Tip: Doom runs fine on windows 7 if you use ZDaemon. I don’t have doom 2 TNT or plutonia wad files or games, but you just gave me them. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  11. Dom says:

    When I play DOOM (1) on my computer, there is a white bar on the entire bottom of the screen. How do I fix this?

    • admin says:

      Hi Don, what kind of drivers are you using and what kind of video card. Maybe if you’re using Vesa in the Xserver instead of vendor graphics drivers this might be reason for your problem. Also try changing screen resolution, this might help.


  12. Marinda Shrock says:

    This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?|

  13. Chris says:

    Hi I have a couple questions please reply?

    Can you add doom 3 roe wad file?

    What or how can i extract or unzip the wad files to play the games? or do i need just zdoom to run them?


    • admin says:

      Hi Chris,
      I don’t have doom 3 roe wad file and I think it is copyright protected thus can’t place it on my site.
      You don’t need to extract the wad files to play doom.

      To play doom on my Debian Linux. I have installed prboom;
      apt-get –yes install prboom
      Then place any wad file in /usr/share/games/doom
      If I’m not mistaken you need to rename the doom1.wad or doom2.wad to prboom.wad

      Then launch it with prboom command.
      That should be it. Enjoy :)


      • Chris says:

        so that would be probably be the same with master levels & no rest for livign episode as well for copyright, good to know.

        So the first i should do is go to freedom website, then install prboom.

        Then add the wad files to prboom directory folder if it has one?

        then rename each wad to prboom?

        then launch prboom?

  14. Stolgrove says:

    Running this on Android, works like a charm. Thank you for this wonderful vintage wad package.

  15. Marcel Credille says:

    hellogreatinfo thanks for sharing.

  16. jack underwood says:

    this is so dumb… its not a wadfile… its just a shareware file of doom… no wad files on this website…

  17. jack underwood says:

    this is so dumb… its just doom 1 shareware file… you get it when you buy a modem…


  18. Marshall Tabbaa says:

    Your home is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  19. Michael Mast (TurboAAA) says:

    WOW, your still answering questions about this? Awsome! Not only that, your a Christian as well (won't go into why this helps right now)
    I am trying to get a bootable flash drive to play the original Doom with on several old laptops (multiplayer) Do you think Lubuntu and PRBoom will work for this?

    • xaGe says:

      Lubuntu would work most likely, but I use one of the many custom versions based on puppy linux precise 5.7.1 called Xprecise 2.2. I have it installed on a thumb drive with Doomseeker, Zandronum and a bunch of favorite mods. Also my nintendo, sega, arcade and psx emulators on there for added fun.

  20. ladiesman271 says:

    doom 3 is a cheaply made terry mod that almost crashed my computer

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  22. Michael says:

    Just going to say here: Doom 3 is NOT an original doom game so I don't know why the maker of this post included a doom3.wad. Its obviously fanmade. The real Doom3 is an exe file I believe, and is a full 3D game rendered on the unreal engine i believe. Please, remove the doom3.wad, its misleading people to believe they're getting doom 3 for free

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    i want to download the dooms games

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  33. Devil78 says:

    Hi all, i've made a prboom G.u.I. wich can set and launch prboom without terminal. gBooM, this is the program's game, can search and active most important wads. Make sure to have "wads" Folder in your home dir, put ypur files intoo and click "cerca wads" button. The supported wads files will be now activated and u can start game. Wads must be renamed as









    In case of search wads fail, you can start Free Doom installed by default on ubuntu with prboom/prboom-plus.

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  36. Steven Smith says:

    Hello everyone. I am new to this site as I came across it in attempts to finding the only wad I cant find that I used to have again. Any one that would have any kind of help, I would appreciate it. Only thing I know about this file is it is once downloaded called + (DualShotGun.WAD)
    Thank You in advanced if anyone replys, I am a hugh Gamer, mainly A Doomer!


  37. Joe says:

    There is no sound using any of these on Zandronum… any suggestions?

  38. Flareblood says:

    Do these work with gmDoom?

  39. Luis Milanese says:

    Thank you very much. Worked like a charm for me.

  40. Ali Hasan says:

    Thanks man the download for doom 3 worked for me. I have also uploaded it on my website. Check it

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