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.                                                                        


PinballX Desktop Mode with EmuMovies

PinballX News and Updates

[NEWS] PinballX 5.02

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Screen streaming is working again at GameEx online and now supports full screen exclusive apps too.

I am working on an online list manager which will take you closer to managing your cabinet without getting off the couch (even if on the other side of the world).

I have not taken donations for ten years and PinballX is essentially free software along with https://vpdb.io which I host.

If you want to support the cause please consider purchasing a subscription or lifetime access. I hate to say it but money from my hobby goes a long way to motivate me if not support my lifestyle.

Im not the one to go to on every product  for some people these days but I (and others here) have motivated and inspired many people and innovated and been the first with many things..

You will get a lot for your money including GmeEx Online and you will keep me motivated, innovative and inspired.


GameEx, PinballX and Spesoft Products - Spesoft Forums


Thank you.

Tom Speirs.

[NEWS] PinballX 5.01

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

- No image company logo now supports apng and gif.

- Can now use pipe as OR in wildcards for dynamic filtered lists.

[NEWS] PinballX 5.00

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

- New in built Zaccaria Pinball support

[NEWS] PinballX 4.88

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

- New feature to display date and time on primary display.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.87

Sunday, March 7, 2021

- Fulfilling an easy feature request for one of our most valued members.

- Adds restart option to exit screen.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.86

Sunday, February 28, 2021

- Fixes video recording when primary display not display 1

[NEWS] PinballX 4.85

Friday, February 19, 2021

Flash has been completely removed from Windows 10 causing PinballX not to boot.

This address fixes that.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.84

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

For support for apng images must now have the .apng extension and are supported throughout,

[NEWS] PinballX 4.82

Friday, January 29, 2021

- Fixes Flash (SWF) instruction cards.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.81

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

- Instruction card image files show at correct aspect ratio.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.73

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Adds support for specific .apng extension for wheel logos so they are not cached.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.72

Monday, November 9, 2020

- Adds APNG support (animated PNG)

[NEWS] GameEx online high score leaderboard.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020



Requirements to participate.
- active subscription
- Game name, publisher and year must match exactly.

Updated every three hours (Its an expensive sql query)

[NEWS] PinballX 4.69

Friday, October 23, 2020

New hardware accelerated video recording on windows 10. Does 60fps at 1080p and should work out the box on any windows 10 system. It can also record Future Pinball which has been a problem in the scene for some time.

Only known limitation is it wont record portrait display settings in Windows.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.65

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

- When using a touchscreen, pressing down on the top left corner to exit system is working as expected.

- New custom system for exe files.

- Absolute file paths for game/rom files are supported.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.61

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Amount of other systems increased to 40.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.60

Monday, August 24, 2020

- Fixes surplus custom lists showing.

(Note version jump is because of Touch-Play using same source code).

[NEWS] PinballX 4.54

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Adds, theme, comment and author fields to gamelist filter lists.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.53

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Fixes x64 Game Manager old version being included with installer.

(Version number jump is because of Touch-Play which uses the same source)

[NEWS] PinballX 4.50

Thursday, August 13, 2020

New custom filter game list databases. Create game lists based on filter criteria.

These are ini files located in the database folders and can be created on a per system basis or apply to all systems.

They can be created by creating a new list in the game list manager.

With this release the default hard coded filters have been removed.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.46

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

- This is just an update to the installer to allow old Windows operating systems to be able to download the Visual Pinball installer.

[NEWS] Wheels upscaled

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Over 1,000 wheel logos available on the FTP and PinballX download service have been upscaled to a very high quality.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.45

Monday, August 3, 2020

- Fixes game descriptions not always updating.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.44

Saturday, July 18, 2020

I noticed the sleep before flipping/vsync made things less than silky smooth so I have removed this feature.

[NEWS] PinballX 4.36

Thursday, July 16, 2020

- Fixes display running too fast at high refresh rates.

- Wherever possible will use 1 to 1 pixel fonts instead of scaling them. Not only does this improve the quality but once loaded and cached improves performaces.

- New display setting to scale underlay images to the display size.

- Releases some cycles back to the CPU before flipping/vsync.

- Fixes game name not truncating on game info.


PinballX was developed by Spesoft and Headsoft