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© December 2003 Tony Lawrence

What are some terminal emulators I can use from windows?

These are Windows terminal emulators.

If all you need is command line access, almost anything is fine - even Windows telnet. I'd suggest at least trying Putty (a very good free telnet/ssh client) before spending money.

However, some applications need precise emulation to work well. Worse, as the programmer who wrote it just might have been working with some emulator with quirks and may have written the app around those quirks, you may find that even an emulator that is doing exactly what it should be doing may be "wrong" for some silly app.

Fortunately, most of these have demos so you can try before you buy. You may also want to read the article here on Termcap and Terminfo.

(Original list ontributed by Steven Dunn 02/28/2003, updated more recently)

(Alphabetical order)

Alphacom 5
SCO ANSI emulation; transparent printing; file transfer
Support for serial, telnet and SSH
LPD client included

AnzioWin and AnzioLite
SCO ANSI emulation (among others)
Support for telnet and serial; AnzioWin adds SSH
Numerous other features including customizable transparent printing

Eric's TelNet98
SCO ANSI emulation; transparent printing; file transfer
Support for telnet and SSH

FacetWin, FacetWin DT, FacetTerm
Various feature sets from basic serial terminal through kitchen sink

This is the full version of the HyperTerm that ships with Windows

Support for everything including the kitchen sink - lots of terminals,
SCOANSI, telnet/rlogin/serial/SSH/FTP/HTTP/Kerberos/SSL/TLS
lots of file transfer protocols, built-in scripting language.
Highly customizable

Feature-rich TN3270, TN5250, VT100/VT220 and SCO ANSI Emulation.
Also includes FTP and SSL option.

Free, tiny, and supports SSH.
Simple ANSI emulator including SCO and Linux keyboard behaviour

Bela says "It just works and works" and that's a pretty good recommendation

Included free with older versions of OSR5
Small, lightweight SCO ANSI telnet client
No support for serial or SSH

Wide selection of emulations; lots of other features
Support for telnet and serial but not SSH

Lots of emulations; includes SSH support

Tun Plus
Terminal emulation and a whole bunch more

Some interesting features, including a local edit option.

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Mon Sep 15 13:48:39 2008: 4550   anonymous

Add-ons stuff for Putty:


Even one that runs on Windows Mobile 2003/5.0

Wed Aug 3 23:15:09 2011: 9664   BenTheMeek


Just a further comment on putty. We have about 1000+ pc's in the field that still connect to SCO (unixware 7.14) through ssh to do a good portion of thier job. Durring a recent hardware refresh we decided to replace our existing emulator with putty (the price was too good :) ). It took alot of trial and error to get right, but using information from this website and experienting we found a font that looked reasonable as well as the settings that eliminated the gibberish odd characters through various apps we use. In any case I use portable putty so changes are not written to the registry and users dont need registry permissions to install it. I have it on over 80% of my users now for about 6 months and I link to it here if anyone wants to compare settings or has similar needs still. (link) (google docs can be a little confusing Click File -> Download Original to get the zip. Then just extract both folder and shortcut to your desk top. Hope that is helpful to others. From my estimates (the emulator we replaced was a 100 dollar a pop) we have saved close to 100,000 dollars by switching to putty. Just some food for thought.


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