America Online 1.x

America Online was a proprietary dial-up online service that eventually grew to offerer Internet access. In the mid 1990s AOL was very heavily promoted. Every month or two, you were sure to get a free AOL floppy disk or CD-ROM in the mail. AOL originated as PC-Link.

AOL primarily competed against the Microsoft Network (MSN) and CompuServe. As the popularity of the Internet took off, AOL adapted to provide Internet Access. AOL was commonly blamed for bringing stupid people en masse to the Internet.

The Windows/Mac AOL client software would play a new mail message sound "You've got mail!" that became an iconic representation of this period.

This archive contains various versions of their client software that was used to access this service. It can not really be used since compatible AOL service is no longer around. The DOS clients were notable for including a minimal version of the GEOS graphical environment.

Wanted: Proper verified dumps of additional versions, Macintosh versions. Because why not?


Installation instructions

The Geoworks runtime included with AOL for DOS is very, very buggy. It fails on most emulators or newer computers.

Product type
Application Web Browser Chat
America Online, Inc
Release date
User interface
DOS Windows
Download count
4 (1 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
AOL 1.0 (Windows) 1.0 for Windows English 478.85KB 1
AOL 1.1 (Windows) 1.1 for Windows English 592.33KB 0
AOL 1.5 (Windows) 1.5 for Windows English 1.01MB 0
America Online 1.3 for DOS (Tandy OEM) (1992) (3.5-1.44mb) 1.3 for DOS (Tandy OEM) English 1.04MB 0
America Online 1.5 for DOS (1992) (3.5-1.44mb) 1.5 for DOS English 2.55MB 0
America Online 1.5a for DOS (1993) (3.5-1.44mb) 1.5a for DOS English 2.21MB 0
America Online 1.6 for DOS (1994) (3.5-1.44mb) 1.6 for DOS English 2.25MB 0


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