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MacTerm is a complete terminal emulator for Mac OS X, for use with local or remote applications. Also available for Classic Mac OS as a remote-only shell named "MacTelnet".

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  • On Mac OS X, a complete Unix terminal — not just telnet anymore!
  • Support for VT100, VT102, VT220, ISO-6429, and most of XTerm
  • XTerm 256-color option with 16 customizable ANSI colors
  • UTF-8 and other character sets are supported
  • Very accurate rendering of CP437 for use in BBS games
  • Regular or tabbed windows
  • Full screen terminal mode, that works on up to 2 displays
  • Dynamic search that highlights all matches simultaneously
  • Very powerful macros to enter text, run commands, even open URLs
  • Services, such as opening a shell to the folder selected in the Finder
  • Extensive preferences, including a flexible coloring and formatting system
  • Export and import preferences for easy sharing
  • Create Workspaces to spawn commands and auto-arrange windows
  • Growl or Mountain Lion notifications for session open/close, idle, and data after inactivity
  • Capture to files dynamically, or save selected text
  • Floating keypads for control keys, VT220 keys, and up to 48 function keys
  • Floating command line entry
  • Servers panel with the ability to discover nearby hosts
  • TEK 4014 and 4105 vector graphics
  • Python API
  • Unix-like features (focus-follows-mouse, auto-copy-on-select, etc.)
  • Session manager shows information on all open windows
  • Hide command to make any window temporarily invisible
  • Customizable toolbars
  • Windows can resize using the keyboard, and by font size or dimensions
  • Extensive scroll wheel support, including modifiers to change window size


Additional Project Details



Intended Audience

Developers, End Users/Desktop, System Administrators

User Interface

Carbon (Mac OS X), Cocoa (MacOS X), Console/Terminal

Programming Language

C, C++, Objective C, Python, Unix Shell


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