Minicom

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For the company by this name, see Minicom Advanced Systems. For the textphone, see Telecommunications device for the deaf.
Minicom
Minicom cs xterm.png
Minicom run in an X11 xterm window
Developer(s) Adam Lackorzynski, Martin A. Godisch
Stable release 2.7 / December 31, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-12-31)
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Linux, POSIX
Platform Cross-platform
Type Terminal emulator
License GPL
Website Website

Minicom is a text-based modem control and terminal emulation program for Unix-like operating systems, originally written by Miquel van Smoorenburg, and modeled after the popular MS-DOS program Telix. Minicom includes a dialing directory, ANSI and VT100 emulation, an (external) scripting language, and other features. Minicom is a menu-driven communications program. It also has an auto ZMODEM download.

A common use for Minicom is when setting up a remote serial console, perhaps as a last resort to access a computer if the LAN is down. This can be done using nothing more than an old 386 laptop with a Minicom floppy distribution such as Pitux or Serial Terminal Linux.

Minicom running a Windows 2003 EMS prompt

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