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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; 3 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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