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Minicom run in an X11 xterm window
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; 3 years ago (2017-04-18)[1]
Written inC
Operating systemLinux, POSIX
TypeTerminal emulator
Minicom running a Windows 2003 EMS prompt

Minicom is a text-based modem control and terminal emulator 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.

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  1. ^ "minicom - Project Home (git repository)". Debian. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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