Welcome to PinballX. A Digital Pinball Front End. 

PinballX is a free digital pinball front end designed for digital pinball cabinets developed by the author of GameEx with components by Headsoft.  It is compatible with HyperPin media and databases. Credit to Bill E for creating the first digital pinball front end publicy available HyperPin. PinballX would not have been possible without it or at the very least where it is now.

PinballX is currently a new project created at the end of May 2013 and is in active development.

Download PinballX here.

For support, and to get involved please head over to the PinballX forum.

LAV Filters are the recommended solution to support video playback and you can download a version here. If you are still using Windows XP download FFDSHOW here.

To add your tables use the included game list manager.

PinballX will benefit from a multi core CPU and a quad core is recommended if using multiple displays.

PinballX includes high score features thanks to PINemHi by Dna Disturber.

Online and remote access features are available at GameEx Online.

A Lite version of PinballX is also included specifically designed for windows tablets.

Modern and higher end hardware is highly recommended for pinball cabs with two or three screens due to the demands of multiple high resolution videos and constantly loading high resolution artwork. However, PinballX itself does not demand much itself and the lite version requires next to nothing to run. 

Note: PinballX is not free for commercial use. You should contact us before including or using PinballX with your products.                                                                        


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PinballX News and Updates

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[NEWS] PinballX 2.36

Sunday, April 30, 2017

This release just adds text for other systems in the Setup Wizard to state that MAME compatible XML game lists can be created with GameEx.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.35

Friday, April 28, 2017

- Fixes game manager overwriting wheel image when doing bulk online import and set not to overwrite.
- If not set to hide when in game, topper, dmd and blackglass videos will now try and play with any system assuming its not a visual pinball game and an image match is available. Results will vary.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.34

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This release contains an updated game manager which extends upon the 2.33 versions new feature to import all media for a table online at once by adding the ability to skip existing files and continue downloading media.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.33

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

- Topper / 4th monitor video support.
- Fixes focus issues when using VPX full screen exclusive.
- Some nice updates to the PinballX download service available from the game manager. Can now import all media in bulk for a game. Improved online file matching. More media now available thanks to all the contributions.
- Several new parameter tags have been added when launching processes.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.32

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It has been a little while but happy Easter and I bring you an update to your favorite Pinball front end.

For those with 4 monitors this release brings topper image support.
Fixes some focus issues with VPX.
Fixes VP auto configure incorrectly setting the second set as buttons as nudge instead of Magma Save.




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[NEWS] Gameplay and tutorial videos

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Some new gameplay and tutorial videos are on the FTP.

22 in total.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.30

Monday, January 16, 2017

Versions no longer expire as of this release.


[NEWS] PinballX 2.27

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Adds ability to disable VP 10 full screen exclusive hack (activate window)

[NEWS] PinballX 2.26

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Adds support for Visual Pinball 10 full screen exclusive mode.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.25

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Updated to work with latest Pinball Arcade.

Removes window title and border from Pinball Arcade DX11 version.


[NEWS] PinballX 2.24

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fixes some issues with fullscreen exclusive mode.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.23

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sets the application as per monitor DPI aware on Windows 8 and above. This fixes some scaling and resolution issues.

The PinballX process is set to idle task state after launching a table. So it uses less resources.



[NEWS] PinballX 2.22

Monday, August 8, 2016

This release of PinballX fixes issues and fine tunes support for the new Pinball Arcade GUI. Thanks to everyone on the forums for testing. Please experiment with the timing options as the new PBA GUI is very picky. Most users seem to need to use "Long" or "Very Long".

Much the same as the recent GameEx release this version of PinballX adds a new streaming feature at GameEx Online for subscribing members. It does have limitations in that it does not support full screen exclusive Direct3D and OpenGL but it does have specal detection for Visual Pinball and should stream a reasonable good video from your browser. NOTE: ffmpeg.exe is required to be present in your PinballX install folder for streaming features.

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[NEWS] PinballX 2.20

Monday, June 27, 2016

Adds support for latest version of Pinball Arcade.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.19

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

This is a special release of PinballX

The goal is to automate and make easier the setup of Visual Pinball for newcomers. Note for experienced users: Some of the new settings and features are defaults for new installs of PinballX.

First of all is if the installer detects Visual PinMAME is not installed it will download and install Visual Pinball then set the required settings for PinballX. The intaller I have written is based on Toxies install but a little more automated. Thanks Toxie for that.

In addition joystick and keyboard settings are set for all versions of Visual Pinball based on the settings in PinballX and Visual Pinball is auto configured along with setting it to full screen. Again note these settings are optional but on by default for new installs.

I also automate the B2S positiiong based on the backglass setting in PnballX.

Finally new features have been added to the game manager to make it easier to add tables and B2S files including the ability to extract archives and scan within them.

Again these features are aimed at newcomers. I would appreciate any feedback on this

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[NEWS] PinballX 2.18

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fixes a couple of game list manager bugs.


[NEWS] PinballX 2.17

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Updated Game List Manager.

Now supports unlimited size lists and advanced xml fields including "alternateexe"


[NEWS] PinballX 2.16

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Patches PinDMD3 RGB render memory leak.

New default real color DMD video thanks to Gustav.

[NEWS] PinballX 2.15

Sunday, April 24, 2016

This release adds an additional optional setting for systems.

An additional executable can be set to be checked for exit and killed on exit.

This is useful for setting up PC games.

[NEWS] PinballlX 2.14

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fixes Real DMD Color import in Game Manager.

Fixes real DMD not clearing on exit or dispose.

I am working on a set of real color DMD MP4 videos. These are on the FTP and also available on the game manager online download service. I am up to F so far.


[NEWS] PinballlX 2.13

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Color DMD support is officially here. With support for Pin2DMD and PinDMD3. You will find two new display settings to either enable color or chose your shaded color (nice for official Pinball feel). Otherwise its pretty much seamless and you don't need to chose what device you have or anything like that.

There are two new folders for each system for the color images and videos which will be used if color is enabled in the setup wizard. PinDMD2 still works and is unaffected.

Many thanks to both Russell and Lucky1 for the help getting this into PinballX and XDMD and for their two great products.

In addition thanks to GSTAV we have a nice new launch audio feature to play OGG.,WAV.MP3, when launching a table. It actually adds a really nice touch to the front end and expect to hear from GSTAV shortly on this and what he already has available for you.

As always, please enjoy.


[NEWS] PinballlX 2.12

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New pinball arcade setting to set the delay betweem down key presses selecting the game. This allows DX 11 and free cam mod to work.


[NEWS] PinballlX 2.11

Thursday, December 31, 2015

- Minor fixes

- Update for Pinball Arcade DirectX 11 version.

[NEWS] PinballlX 2.1

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A significant update to the popular digital pinball frontend

  • Enhanced Pinball FX2 support
    • Support for versions with and without the new cabinet support
    • Can rotate display and switch to portrait mode.
    • If auto position DMD set will automatically position the DMD form and remove borders (older versions).
    • Support for both command line and non command line.
    • Command line support is automatically detected from arguments now and the wait for setting should be used so additional keystrokes can be sent.
  • Official integrated Pinball Arcade support.
    • Will rotate screen and set portrait mode automatically. (Note: you should configure Pinball Arcade first.)
    • Support for list item in game manager.
  • New command line argument setting:
  • [TABLEFILEWOEXT] to remove the filename extension.
  • This release contains some changes to how PinballX works when launching with the addition of a new form. Please report any issues on the forum.

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[NEWS] Desktop Visual Pinball Videos

Monday, November 30, 2015

I went ahead and created a set of desktop Visual Pinball PinMAME table videos since we did not have any.

I am not sure how many people run PinballX on anything but a Pinball cabinet but we have some videos for you now if you need them.

A few games are missing but the majority are there.

Available to all subscribers via the FTP or game list manager.



PinballX was developed by Spesoft and Headsoft