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The DEC VAX Emulation Webpage

Last Updated: 2022-06-06

Latest News!

(2022-06-03) Announcing the Open SIMH project!
The SIMH Steering Group
Clem Cole
Richard Cornwell
Paul Koning
Timothe Litt
Seth Morabito
Bob Supnik
(2020-12-07) I need to do a serious update of the current state of VAX emulation. I will see if I can get that done in the near future. The key point is that there is no longer an OpenVMS Hobbyist licese for VAX.
(2020-06-11) VSI has announced their Community License Program. Unfortunately it only supports Alpha, and Itanium, though they plan to later include x86. HPE retained the rights to the VAX version of OpenVMS, as a result, VSI is unable to offer it.
(2020-03-06) HPE announced that they are preparing to end-of-life their support of the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program. At this time, VSI's plans, if any, are unknown. Any Hobbyists should get updated licenses ASAP, to allow them to continue to run VMS for as long as possible. Hopefully this is quickly resolved in a positive fashion.
(2017-10-11) Starting to update the webpages after a decade long haitus, additionally the webpages just moved from the homedirectory at my old ISP, to a server of mine.
(2006-07-02) Added information about NuVAX.
(2006-05-26) SIMH V3.6-0 released, looks to include numerous VAX updates
(2006-04-17) Updated link for installing Quasijarus BSD 4.3
(2006-01-22) Links on this webpage updated.
(2006-01-20) SIMH V3.5-2 released, adds VAX-11/780 emulation.
(2005-08-31) Charon-VAX now offers a "freeware" version for OpenVMS/Alpha, OpenVMS/Itanium, and Linux/x86.
(2005-05-03) SIMH V3.4-0 released.
(2003-10-31) Added a link to Phillip Wherry's webpage on installing OpenVMS on SIMH
(2003-10-31) All links on the site have been updated to reflect the new location of Al Kossow's Documentation archive which has been moved to
(2003-10-30) Due to a recent disk loss, Al Kossow's documentation archive has moved to I haven't had time to update the links on this site that link to his site.
(2003-09-12) SIMH V3.0-2 Released
(2003-06-22) SIMH V3.0 Released
(2003-03-03) SIMH V2.10-4 released.
(2002-10-24) SIMH DELQA Ethernet emulator for VAX and PDP-11 Beta 5 Released
(2002-02-21) Lars Brinkhoff has a page up on installing NetBSD/VAX on SIMH, it can be found here.
(2002-02-03) SIMH V2.9 Released
(2002-01-21) Added links to mirrors of the dead site
(2002-01-11) VAX Emulation Page now available.
(2001-12-01) The PDP-10 Emulation page expands to be the DEC Emulation Website.

Contacting Me

If you have any comments about this site I can be reached at healyzh AT avanthar DOT com. If you know of any software or documentation that isn't listed below I'd appreciate knowing about it so that I can provide links when appropriate.

Table of Contents

  1. Obtain an emulator
  2. Obtain Installation Documentation
  3. Obtain Software
  4. Obtain Further Documentation
  5. Adding Additional Software
  6. Mailing Lists
  7. Other
  8. Related VAX Links

Step 1. Obtain an emulator:

Step 2. Obtain Installation Documentation:

Step 3. Obtain Software:

Step 4. Obtain Further Documentation

Step 5. Adding Additional Software

Mailing Lists


Related VAX Links

DEC Emulation Website (Main Page) -- PDP-1 -- PDP-4 -- PDP-7 -- PDP-8 -- PDP-9 -- PDP-10 -- PDP-11 -- PDP-15 -- VAX -- Alpha -- MIPS -- FPGA