The fungus Doratomyces microsporus produced an extracellular keratinase during submerged aerobic cultivation in a medium containing a protein inducer for enzyme synthesis. The keratinase was purified to homogeneity using hydrophobic interaction chromatography followed by gel chromatography. The molecular weight was estimated to be 33 kDa (from SDS-PAGE analysis) or 30 kDa (by gel chromatography), suggesting a monomeric structure. The isoelectric point of the enzyme was determined to be around 9. The optimal pH and temperature for keratinolytic activity were pH 8–9 and 50 °C, respectively. The serine protease inhibitor PMSF totally inhibited the keratinase. The enzyme was not glycosylated. It was capable of hydrolysing different keratinous materials as well as some non-keratinous proteins. Hydrolysis of some synthetic substrates, specific for known proteinases, suggested that the keratinase of D. microsporus is close to proteinase K.