Cannon Fodder Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download the Free Cannon Fodder Game:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\CFodder1. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Installing Dosbox
Cannon Fodder Windows folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the CFodder1 folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program icon
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Cannon Fodder config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\cfodder1
cd cannonf

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract the Cannon Fodder Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Cannon Fodder game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the game file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to
extract the Cannon Fodder game files, select "C:\Games\CFodder1". When you're done click "Next" again and the game files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Now Lets Setup the Game Cannon Fodder:

First: Open the "C:\Games\CFodder1" folder and double click on the Dosbox program icon.

Clicking on the Dosbox program
Next: At the C:\> prompt type install and press enter.

DOS install command
Now: You will be launched into the installation program main menu. Scroll down to "Configure" and press enter.

Setup menu configuration
Next: In the "Configure Menu" scroll down to "Sound" and press enter.

Selecting the sound menu
Next: In the "Choose Sound Type" menu scroll down to "Sound Blaster Pro" and press enter.

Choosing sound type
Now: You will see the "Sound Blaster Setup" menu. Here you will see three settings that need to be properly set for the games sound to work (Interrupt, Port and DMA). First move the cursor over the icon to the left of each of these settings and then press the spacebar to select it. The icon will appear as white next to the setting you have chosen.

IRQ: 7
Port: 220h
DMA: 1

Sound Blaster settings
Press ok when you are finished.

Next: Now Back at "Configure Menu" scroll down to "Music" and press enter.

Configuring music settings
Next: You will be in the "Choose Music Type" menu. Scroll down to "Adlib" and press enter.

Selecting the Adlib option
Now: Back at the "Configure Menu" scroll down to "Exit" and press enter.

Exiting configuration menu
Next: In the "Main Menu" scroll down to "Save Settings" and press enter.

Save settings
Next: You will be shown a summary of your new settings. Highlight the "Save" button and press enter.

Saved settings summary
Next: With everything now configured correctly scroll down to "Exit" in the "Main Menu" and press enter.

Exiting main menu
Now: You will be back at the C:\> prompt in Dosbox. Type "exit" and press enter, this will close the Dosbox program.

Exit Dosbox command

One Last Finishing Touch:

We need to quickly head back to the Dosbox config file in the CFodder1 folder again. Once there open it and again scroll down to the [autoexec] section. We are going to place the command "cannon" below the commands we originally entered. The final result should look like this.

mount c c:\games\cfodder1
cd cannonf


Save and exit the config file when you are done.

Ready For Some Action!:

Cannon Fodder screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the CFodder1 folder and the game Cannon Fodder will launch, have fun!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Dominik said...

hey, thanks a damn lot for your effort, at last really good simple yet detailed guide:) thanks again!

Glenn Scrima said...

Thanks Dominik, enjoy the game its a lot of fun!


SJM said...

Hi, I followed all your steps but I got a message saying "file not found new_adl.bin"

Any ideas where I'm going wrong?


Glenn Scrima said...

Hi SJM, which version of Windows are you using?


Mighty said...

Just thought I'd add that I couldn't get Cannon Fodder running at an acceptable framerate until I changed the output mode to opengl.

Thanks so much. This is awesome. One of my favorite games ever.

Glenn Scrima said...

Thanks Mighty and thanks for the tip. I hope this will help anyone having similar issues, it's a good way to boost performance with the right system.


callyc said...

Hi just to say that I got as far as typing install in dos box, when it told me it was an illegal commqnd. Using vista (and Cannon fodder 2 as there was a virus in CF1)

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Callyc, do you know if you are running Vista in Administrator mode? If not this often causes issues with running games in Dosbox. I put a link below on a guide showing how to fix this if this turns out to be the case.

I have seen issues on Abandonia's forums of people reporting viruses being found in games and after it's discussed it almost always due to issues with virus software and the age and type of game files used. Abandonia is a very reputable and large site which functions on using their own game files (these aren't pulled off of limewire or something like that) so this shouldn't be a concern. Let me know if this helps.


Glenn Scrima said...


callyc said...

Hi Glenn - am segned in as administrator, and have tried giving dosbox administrator rights - still same problem.

Anonymous said...

Great guide. Excellent thanks Graham.

Glenn Scrima said...

Thanks, enjoy the game!


Anonymous said...

is there a way to improve the grahics while using Dosbox in windows... the old amiga graphics where some what better...


Glenn Scrima said...

Hi they also have the Amiga version of the game on Abandonia the link is listed under the Extras section.


Anonymous said...

Hey, got as far as downloading cannon fodder, but the "download this game" link is gone! any alternatives?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi thanks for making me aware of this. This is one of the older guides on the site and it looks like Abandonia took their copy down. You can download the game from XTC Abandonware however. The only difference will be that the first set of autoexec commands you add to the config file will be:

mount c c:\games\cfodder1
cd cannonf

I'll try to upgrade this guide as soon as possible to make these changes more accessible to everyone searching for this game.


Anonymous said...

hi, ive actually got the game to work but without sound which is quite frustrating, when i type install into the c:\> so i can configure the sound options it says invalid command?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it sounds like the file isn't in the C: directory if Dosbox gives that error message. Did you install the game in a different folder before you ran it?


silverbird said...

Hi Glenn

Can I just say thank you for an extremely helpful and useful guide. It's wonderful.

Unfortunately I came across the same problem as a previous poster in that Abandonier no longer offer it to be downloaded and I had to do so from XTC Abandonware and use cd cannonf in the config DosB. I managed to get to the configure section, although I wasn't able to change the first option from 5 to 7 (just didn't let me do this) and music option only stated 'adlib', so I had to choose that.

Anyway, I am now unable to play the game by double-clicking on DosBox icon (just get the command screen). I have tried changing the config file from cd cannonf, to cannonf, to cannon and with no joy at all. Do you have any suggestions? I am with the dreaded Vista by the way if that helps.

Also, I do actually have the game as I'd hoped by some miracle it would let me play it! I haven't been able to find anywhere to explain how to get my game to run on Vista though, which is why I tried downloading the stuff from XTC as suggested here.

With very many thanks.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Silverbird welcome to the site! I just did an overhaul of the guide so it should fix the issues you mentioned. Let me know if you run into any problems though.


Matthew said...

Hey, great guide, definitely made it easy for me to understand how to get Dosbox working. Once I try to load the game, though, I get the title screens, and then an error:

File not found - inglad100.mid

Any ideas? Running Windows XP

silverbird said...

Thank you so much, Glenn!

I've got it working now! The graphics aren't very good and I can't remember the keys, but it's all good. I can't remember if the graphics were always like this though - probably! I've gotten used to the graphics nowadays. Scary how far things have come.

Thank you ever so much for this wonderful guide and especially for updating it. I really appreciate it and it's ever so kind of you.


Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Matthew, it sounds like you might have extracted the game files into the wrong folder. Are you using the files from XTC Abandonware or another site?


Glenn Scrima said...

No problem Jenny, thanks for pointing out the guide wasn't working anymore. Ya graphics have changed quite a bit and it can really make the old stuff look a little dated graphically. The game also runs in VGA which was great at the time but today's monitors run at such a larger resolution that it makes the old stuff pale in comparison. Still a great game though. Have fun playing it again!


standuphookup216 said...

Hi, I've followed your instructions upto here:

Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

However I can't see the 'open with' option.

Please advise, thank you.

Anonymous said...

will this work on windows 7?

many thanks