Mystic BBS

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Mystic BBS
Original author(s)James Coyle
Stable release
1.12 A47 / December 25, 2021 (2021-12-25)
Written inFreePascal
Operating systemMS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, OS X, Linux
PlatformIA_32, x86-64, ARM
LicenseProprietary freeware

Mystic BBS is a bulletin board system software program that began in 1995 and was first released to the public in December 1997 for MS-DOS. It has been ported to Microsoft Windows, OS/2, OS X, and Linux (Intel and ARM based systems such as the Raspberry Pi). Mystic was designed to be a spiritual successor to the Renegade (BBS) and Telegard bulletin board systems.

Some of the more notable capabilities of Mystic BBS include:

  • Integrated Telnet, SSH, RLogin, FTP, BinkP, HTTP, NNTP, POP3, SMTP servers with IPv4 + IPv6 support
  • Full 5D compliant FidoNet BSO mailer and tosser, including BINKP & FTP mailers
  • Built in AreaFix and FileFix functionality and full fileecho support
  • Integrated QWK and QWKE networking via FTP
  • Integrated text and ANSI editors, message editing with on-the-fly spell checking and word suggestions
  • Proprietary scripting language called Mystic Programming Language (MPL)
  • Embedded PYTHON 2.x and 3.x programming languages
  • DOS CP437 and UTF8 character translations, terminal sizes up to 160x60
  • Dynamic menus including menu editor, and fully customizable prompts
  • Multiple user-selectable themes
  • DOOR32 support in addition to various DOS-type door formats
  • A fully featured ACS (access control system) and MCI display codes
  • Modern security features such as TLS v1.2+, 512-bit PBKDF2 password storage, and AES-256 encrypted Netmail
  • Highly integrated with ANSI graphics including full screen editor, lightbar menus, lightbar file listings and message reading
  • Advanced, feature-rich JAM message base system with QWK/QWKE offline mail
  • Multiple platform distributions available including Windows, OS X, Linux and ARM Linux (Raspberry Pi, ODROID, etc.)

A more complete list of capabilities can be found at

Attracted to the flexibility and potential that the scripting language provides, a number groups, such as ACiDic BBS modding, Cyberia, Demonic, DoRE, Vanguard, wOE!mODDING and Wicked formed for the sole purpose of writing BBS mods for SysOps who run Mystic.

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Software & Configuration[edit]

Bulletin Board Systems[edit]

Here's a small selection of BBS that currently use Mystic software (alphabetical by BBS name):

To connect to these systems, a Telnet client designed to access BBS systems such as NetRunner is recommended.