How to Download Oregon Trail for Free

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Oregon Trail was the first real "educational game" to appear in school classrooms. Whether you're looking for a quick fix for a nostalgia attack, want to introduce your children to Oregon Trail or just love the steady progression of choice, consequence historic locations, that comes with this classic game it's easy to download Oregon Trail for free.

For PC/DOS users:

Visit the Home of the Underdogs: Oregon Trail Deluxe web page.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for "Where to get it."

Click the "Here!" link right next to "Where to get it."

Enter the 5-letter word you see into the first available blank. This confirms that you're a real person, not a computerized robot. Click "GO." This begins a free download of your game.

Double-click the .zip file you've downloaded. This is a compressed package of files. Your unzip utility should automatically de-compress it into a form that you can run. If it doesn't, manually run your unzip utility and apply it to the file. Then double-click the .exe/DOS icon for Oregon Trail. If this doesn't work, you can manually run the program by entering its path and filename from the "Run..." option of your Windows start menu.

For Mac users:

Go to the Macintosh Garden: Oregon Trail website.

Look for the "Download" text. Right next to it is a hyperlink that says "Here." Click that.

Choose a mirror site. This is choosing where you download from, and it's usually best to pick the site closest to you. If you're in the US, select If you're in Europe, use Mirror 1. This should automatically start your free download.

Double-click the .sit file you've just downloaded to unpack it and drag the game icon into your Applications folder to run.


  • check This is an old game, so you need to be running DOS or a DOS emulator in order to run it. Most Windows computers can do this without a problem.

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