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Terminal emulators replicate the functionality of a traditional computer terminal to provide users with access to a local or distant host. The emulator presents a terminal window to appear as though it is directly connected to the client. Most terminal emulators are designed for specific uses and function only with specific operating systems. Companies use these tools to access data and programs on remote devices, servers, or mainframes. Various terminal emulators provide different graphical and text user interfaces to make the program’s use more intuitive. These tools can also add further functionality for navigating previous inputs.

To qualify for inclusion in the Terminal Emulator category, a product must:

  • Emulate a traditional computer terminal
  • Create a functional terminal window
  • Provide a command-line or text user interface
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    PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.

    Rocket Blue Zone Terminal Emulation solutions provide a cost-effective alternative to your aging emulator–including flexible licensing to meet the needs of today’s mobile workforce, comprehensive security, and significantly reduced total cost of ownership over time.

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    iTerm2 has a lot of features. Every conceivable desire a terminal user might have has been foreseen and solved.

    SecureCRT client for Windows, Mac, and Linux provides rock-solid terminal emulation for computing professionals, raising productivity with advanced session management and a host of ways to save time and streamline repetitive tasks. SecureCRT provides secure remote access, file transfer, and data tunneling for everyone in your organization.

    ConEmu-Maximus5 is a Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features.

    Yakuake is a drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology.

    Terminal is a terminal emulator application for accessing a UNIX shell environment which can be used to run programs available on your system.

    TeraTerm is an open-source, free, software implemented, terminal emulator. It emulates different types of computer terminals, from DEC VT100 to DEC VT382.

    The "konsole-devel" mailing-list is targeted at developers and interested users. The bug report and reviewboard emails for Konsole are also posted automatically to the list.

    MobaXterm is your ultimate toolbox for remote computing. In a single Windows application, it provides loads of functions that are tailored for programmers, webmasters, IT administrators and pretty much all users who need to handle their remote jobs in a more simple fashion.

    Minicom is a serial communication program

    Reflection ZFE (formerly Attachmate® Reflection ZFE) makes managing your terminal emulation environment as easy as a walk on the beach.

    Produce a useful tool for arranging terminals. It is inspired by programs such as gnome-multi-term, quadkonsole, etc. in that the main focus is arranging terminals in grids (tabs is the most common default method, which Terminator also supports).

    AtHoc Suite is an emergency notification software that notifies targeted audiences of time-sensitive information.

    Terminal emulation software that connects Windows® users to applications on mainframe, UNIX, Linux, OpenVMS and BS2000 platforms. Available for Natural on mainframe. Read more

    Guake is a top-down for Gnome, and is highly inspirated by the famous terminal used in Quake.

    The InfoConnect Desktop family (formerly Attachmate InfoConnect Desktop family) of terminal emulators, print delivery options, and software development tools delivers the industrial-strength connections you need.



    Jolly Giant is a software provides terminal emulation and file transfer products and securely connecting Windows PCs to IBM mainframes.

    Offloads rendering to the GPU for lower system load and buttery smooth scrolling. Uses threaded rendering to minimize input latency.

    Qodem is a public domain re-implementation of the DOS-era Qmodem serial communications package.