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Minicom cs xterm.png
Minicom run in an X11 xterm window
Original author(s) Miquel van Smoorenburg
Developer(s) Adam Lackorzynski
Stable release
2.7.1 / April 18, 2017; 8 months ago (2017-04-18)[1]
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Linux, POSIX
Platform Cross-platform
Type Terminal emulator
License GPL

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

On 18 April 2017, it was announced that some versions of Minicom had an arbitrary code execution vulnerability, assigned CVE-2017-7467 by the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project.[2] The issue was fixed with release 2.7.1, released the same day as the announcement.


  1. ^ "minicom - Project Home". Debian. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "CVE-2017-7467: minicom and prl-vzvncserver vt100.c escparms[] buffer overflow". 18 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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