List of terminal emulators

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This is a list of notable terminal emulators. Most used terminal emulators on Linux and Unix-like systems are GNOME Terminal on GNOME and GTK-based environments, Konsole on KDE, and xfce4-terminal on Xfce as well as xterm.

Character-oriented terminal emulators[edit]



X Window System[edit]

Terminal emulators used in combination with the X Window System

  • mrxvt - rxvt clone with additional features (latest version is 2008-09-10)

Command-line interface[edit]

The following terminal emulators run inside of other terminals, utilizing libraries such as Curses and Termcap.

  • GNU Screen - Terminal multiplexer with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation
  • Minicom - text-based modem control and terminal emulation program for Unix-like operating systems
  • tmux - Terminal multiplexer with a feature set similar to GNU Screen
  • c3270 - IBM 3270 emulator for running inside a vt100/curses emulator for most Unix-like systems[1]

Apple macOS[edit]

Apple Classic Mac OS[edit]

Microsoft Windows[edit]

Microsoft MS-DOS[edit]

IBM OS/2[edit]

Commodore Amiga[edit]

Commodore 64[edit]

Block-oriented terminal emulators[edit]

Emulators for block-oriented terminals, primarily IBM 3270, but also IBM 5250 and other non-IBM terminals.

Coax/Twinax connected[edit]

These terminal emulators are used to replace terminals attached to a host or terminal controller via a coaxial cable (coax) or twinaxial cabling (twinax). They require that the computer on which they run have a hardware adapter to support such an attachment.


These terminal emulators connect to a host using the tn3270 or tn5250 protocols, which run over a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "x3270".

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