Best Terminal Emulator Software

    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

    Top 7 Terminal Emulator Software

    • PuTTY
    • Rocket BlueZoneTerminal Emulation
    • SecureCRT
    • iTerm2
    • ConEmu
    • MobaXTerm
    • TeraTerm

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    (276)4.5 out of 5

    PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.

    (47)4.4 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response

    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.

    (40)4.8 out of 5

    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.

    (38)4.8 out of 5

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

    (13)4.8 out of 5

    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.

    (52)4.5 out of 5

    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.

    (16)4.3 out of 5

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

    (11)4.4 out of 5

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

    (6)4.4 out of 5

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

    (3)4.7 out of 5

    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.

    (1)5.0 out of 5

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

    (1)5.0 out of 5

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

    Zero Footprint Web Access to Host Applications Micro Focus Host Access for the Cloud can extend the value of host applications to new users by providing web access with advanced security built in. It reduces the resource-intensive cycle of installing, configuring, patching, and managing traditional desktop emulators by delivering simplified zero-footprint access to those who need it. - Deliver Java-free emulation. Deliver HTML5-based emulation with a true zero-footprint client. - Broad applicat

    (1)3.0 out of 5

    Minicom is a serial communication program

    (1)5.0 out of 5

    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).

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

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

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    Ericom's terminal emulators enable reliable, secure and easy access to accounting, inventory, management, and other mission critical applications. Taking advantage of Ericom PowerTerm terminal emulators, organizations around the world are able to standardize on a single host access solution that supports over 35 terminal emulator types, while facilitating compliance with key industry and regulatory standards, including GLBA, PCI, FIPS, HIPAA, FISMA, SOX and JSOX.

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    Flynet Viewer TE (Terminal Emulation) provides an instant web browser based terminal emulator to key business systems, including Mainframe, iSeries, Unix, VMS or multivalue system, on any device with zero client software installation, all centrally managed via the Flynet Viewer administration centre. Flynet Viewer supports client and server side macro creation and keyboard remapping out of the box.

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    HostAccess offers a suite of terminal emulation products that provide Windows users with secure access to legacy, host-based applications. HostAccess also has the ability to enhance the interface of existing applications with toolbars, mouse support, push buttons, combo boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, ActiveX controls, COM objects, and includes the powerful AutoGUI feature.

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

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    A Windows-based terminal emulator that connects users to IBM, UNIX, and Linux hosts.

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    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.

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    Reflection Desktop (formerly Attachmate Reflection Desktop) raises the bar once again. Every feature is designed to deliver something truly useful to you. Not just today, but tomorrow too.

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    In the chaotic world of IT, keeping up with change requires constantly rethinking the way you do things. Today, that means finding a way to give more people, from data-entry workers to sales execs, the host information they need. Relax, Reflection for the Web (formerly Attachmate Reflection for the Web) terminal emulation software makes the job easy for you and your users.

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    Now there’s something new that you can do with your mobile device: connect to your UNIX, Linux, and IBM applications to get critical work done. It’s as seamless and secure as accessing your host applications from your desktop. Reflection Mobile (formerly Attachmate Reflection for UNIX, iOS and Android Editions) terminal emulation apps make it possible.

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

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