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Best terminal emulators for windows

1.ZOC

Paid: $79.99 Free trial available

ZOC is a terminal emulator for computers with Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems. It allows access for character-based hosts with the use if SSH, telnet, SERIAL, and more.

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  • Edward Obrien

    by Edward Obrien

    I don't know what Antonia is talking about because I currently am in the free trial offered and am totally liking this emulator! So easy to use! gonna More

  • Antonia Madrigal

    by Antonia Madrigal

    While I expect it probably does a decent job, because of the old styling on the website it honestly looks pretty sketchy. I personally wouldn't trust  More

2.Cmder

Free download

Cmder is a software package with many tools and that is created to be a terminal emulator for Windows with total portability features. It was originally created by Samuel Vasko.

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  • Victoria Henderson

    by Victoria Henderson

    what i lyk about this emulator is the portability that coms with it. aside from using it on my desktop, i can also use it with my laptop werever i go. 5 stars!

3.ConEmu

Free download
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.

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  • Larry Kelley

    by Larry Kelley

    I like the interface of this because it offers tabulated views. reminds me of putty. very pleasing for beginners like me.

4.ConsoleZ

Free download

ConsoleZ is a terminal emulator for computers with Microsoft Windows operating system. Both the 32 and 64-bit versions of this software can be installed by a user to his/her computer by using Chocolatey and Scoop.

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  • Kelly Ford

    by Kelly Ford

    The software gives you 2 ways of installation which I find very useful because one of those may fail unexpectedly. Good job devs!

  • Teresa Perez

    by Teresa Perez

    Great place to share and learn about new ideas! You can get feedback from other developers on your ideas and projects and share your knowledge as well More

5.KiTTY

Free download
KiTTY is a fork from version 0.62 of PuTTY which has all the features from the original software and adds many others. It only works on Microsft Windows platform and is a good choice for anyone who wants a reliable SSH client.

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  • Jacqueline Jones

    by Jacqueline Jones

    Strongly reliable SSH client application with many built in features that assist the end user. Password storage, hot key applications, and automatic c More

  • Beverly Herrera

    by Beverly Herrera

    LMAO @/Ralph may I know what type of solutions are u looking for. I really find this one fit for this page lol.

  • Ralph Ferguson

    by Ralph Ferguson

    This is not what I would be looking for. While this is neat, this would not be what I want in the solution.

6.Console2

Free download
Console is a Windows console window enhancement. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles.

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  • Janet Harper

    by Janet Harper

    I was using this for a long time, but it's starting to bug out. I'm not sure if it is my machine or something on it, but it's not been right these pas More

  • Zhou Lai

    by Zhou Lai

    Agree with @Janet. Having a smooth ride at first but then bugs start to show up later. Can the developers do something about this? I know this is a fr More

7.PuTTY

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

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  • Carol Morales

    by Carol Morales

    One of the best terminal emulators for Windows out there is PuTTY. PuTTY is great because it's free and easy to use. It has many unique features and w More

  • Laura Hopkins

    by Laura Hopkins

    The classic! Was here even before the other emulators were even born. Would still pick this any time of the day over others!

  • Jane Hou

    by Jane Hou

    PuTTY is a great resource for those with experience with xterm terminal emulators. The website has countless information sources to help you utilize P More

8.Ubuntu on Windows

Free download

Ubuntu on Windows is a free software for computers with 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system. It allows users to use Ubuntu Terminal and run its commands such as bash, ssh, and git.

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  • Benjamin Richards

    by Benjamin Richards

    The command line tools for this emulator is spectacular. Definitely a great tool for developers looking for direct to windows command line tools. Give it try, worth your time I promise.

9.mintty

Free download

Mintty is a free terminal emulator compatible with computers with Microsoft Windows operating system for Cygwin and MSYS. It is based on code from PuTTY by the Simon Tatham.

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  • by Debra Cruz

    Mintty is great for helping me to better utilize Windows. I appreciate how user friendly it is and how it expands my options on my computer.

10.Xshell 6

Paid: $99 Free trial available

Xshell 6 is a terminal emulator for computers with Microsoft Windows operating system. It supports SSH, SFTP, TELNET, RLOGIN, and SERIAL. This software also has a tabbed interface and custom key mapping.

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  • Jennifer Watkins

    by Jennifer Watkins

    Xshell works great for my needs for a terminal emulator for Windows. It has many features and supports SSH, SFTP, TELNET, RLOGIN, and SERIAL, which is More

  • Joshua Peters

    by Joshua Peters

    Xshell is a pretty good terminal emulator. I started using it a few months back and it provides a very solid graphical interface. I'd recommend for th More

  • Michael Ryan

    by Michael Ryan

    Xshell is a powerful terminal emulator for Windows. The software is free for home and school use, and it supports SSH, SFTP, TELNET, RLOGIN and SERIAL More

11.PromptPal

Paid: $29.99 Free Trial Available

PromptPal is a replacement GUI (graphical user interface) for the command prompt and Powershell console. It does not replace the command processor itself every instruction runs through Microsoft's consoles behind the scenes. The difference is that with PromptPal you get to compose your commands and view the results in a modern and helpful Windows program.

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  • Harry Ramos

    by Harry Ramos

    Unfortunately there is just a few information in the solution website; in which I have no knowledge. Based on the information given in the website, I  More

  • by Jonathan Butler

    This is an ok terminal emulator and not my go-to choice due to it being hard to use and not very intuitive either. There are better options out there.

12.Babun

Free download

Babun features the following: Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of add ons, silent command-line installer, no admin rights required, pact - advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum), xTerm-256 compatible console and much more stuff


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  • Deborah Holland

    by Deborah Holland

    Not exactly what I was looking for. I will keep looking.

  • Vihaan Pillai

    by Vihaan Pillai

    Babun is the best terminal emulator for Windows.

13.Clink

Free download
Clink combines the native Windows shell cmd.exe with the powerful command line editing features of the GNU Readline library, which provides rich completion, history, and line-editing capabilities

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  • Ruth Thomas

    by Ruth Thomas

    Clink is one of the best terminal emulators for Windows I've found. It works flawlessly and has many great features. I've never had any issues with it. It's definitely the right emulator for me and I highly recommend it.

14.MobaXterm

$69

MobaXterm is a terminal emulator for computers with Microsoft Windows operating system. It is based on PuTTY with macro support and antialiased fonts and capable of running basic Cygwin commands. This software can be downloaded for free.

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  • by Daniel Reid

    MobaXterm is a fairly good terminal emulator for Windows. I tried it a while back and it was good, but I found a product I enjoy a bit more so I don't use it anymore. Nothing wrong with it really just prefer another brand, but I would recommend this  More

15.HyperTerminal

Paid: $64.99 Varies by plan

HyperTerminal Private Edition (HTPE) terminal emulation tool for Windows 7, 8, 10 or Vista capable of connecting to systems through TCP/IP Networks, Dial-Up Modems, and COM ports.

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  • Olivia Watson

    by Olivia Watson

    If you need HyperTerminal this Private Edition is perfect for you, and you can't go wrong with downloading and trying the free trial. It works great w More

  • Albert Mason

    by Albert Mason

    HyperTerminal has been around forever and for people that still need terminal access to systems then HyperTerminal Private Edition (HTPE) should work  More

  • Thomas Tran

    by Thomas Tran

    HyperTerminal Private Edition (HTPE) is a tool I found very useful. it is very important when doing networking and I personally found it really useful More

16.Tera Term

Free download

Tera Term is a free open-source terminal emulator software under BSD License. Its TTSSH supports SSH2 protocol and is compatible with computers with Microsoft Windows operating system.

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  • Jordan Collins

    by Jordan Collins

    Tera Term is a great product if you are a looking for a computer terminal emulator. It's a trusted product that has been around for a while. It can be More

  • Benjamin Knight

    by Benjamin Knight

    This looks like a really good terminal emulator. I can't say for certain that it is the best however.

17.z/Scope Terminal Emulator

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The z/Scope Anywhere terminal emulator is a terminal emulator for computers with Microsoft Windows and macOS operating system. It offers support for ANSI, VT52, VT100-VT420 and more. This software is paid but offers a 30-day free trial.

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  • Kathryn Harvey

    by Kathryn Harvey

    I was looking for a new terminal emulator for Windows. One of the best I've found so far is z/Scope Anywhere Terminal Emulator. It's compatible with any HTML5 browser. It works great for my needs and I really recommend it. It works great and is affor More

18.GnomeTerminator

Free download

Gnome Terminator is a free terminal emulator software for Microsoft Windows and/or macOS operating system. Its features include tabs, terminals' grid arrangement, and keyboard shortcuts.

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  • Brittany Wade

    by Brittany Wade

    One of the best terminal emulators for Windows, in my opinion, is Gnome Terminator. It works so well for my needs. It has features that you can't find in other terminal emulators out there and it's easy to use. There is plenty of documentation availa More

19.FireCMD

Paid: $59 Free trial available

FireCMD is a command line environment for Windows which provides a set of tools such as command prompt alternative i.e. FireCMD command shell, a terminal emulator for Windows (Console emulator), text editor, UNIX for Windows, 218 new commands, snapshot grabber and much more.

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    20.WinSSHTerm

    Free download
    A portable PuTTY/KiTTY interface for accessing remote systems via SSH.

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      21.SecureCRT

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      SecureCRT is a commercial SSH and Telnet client and terminal emulator for Windows, Mac, and Linux which provides rock-solid terminal emulation for computing professionals.

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      • Nicholas Gomez

        by Nicholas Gomez

        I needed a new terminal emulator for Windows and settled on SecureCRT. It does everything I could ask for and is rock solid. As a professional it's th More

      • Howard Delgado

        by Howard Delgado

        I was looking for an easy to use terminal emulator and stumbled upon this. It was very high quality and quite easy to set up.

      22.AniTa

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      AniTa is one of the best Windows terminal emulators designed for Unix applications. It is perfect for text based applications on platforms such as Unix, Linux, VAX and IBM mainframe. 


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      • Ronald Mendez

        by Ronald Mendez

        This is a great product! I highly recommend for anyone who needs a terminal emulator!

      • Donna Hawkins

        by Donna Hawkins

        I used this as my emulator. It was my first time using one. It was pretty good.

      23.SuperPutty

      Free download

      The SuperPuTTY is a free and open source Window Manager for the Putty SSH Client and Telnet client by allowing you to launch it in multiple tabs. It requires PuTTY to run.

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      • Richard Hall

        by Richard Hall

        This Windows manager is highly customizable. It may seem complicated at first but you'll know what you are doing in no time.

      24.Terminus

      Free download

      Terminus is a configurable terminal emulator that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux operating system. It features split panes, theming and color schemes, and an integrated SSH client.

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        WHAT'S THE MEANING?

        A Terminal Emulator, also called as a term, is a program that mimics the functions of a computer video terminal within another display device. It is mostly used as a terminal window to access command-line interfaces and text user interface.

        DID YOU KNOW?

        Did you know that before laptops with 4K-ready LCD screens and monitors with HDR capability entered the market, the first ever computer relied on cathode ray tubes as a display device? The Z3, invented in 1941 by the German engineer Konrad Zuse, was the world's first working programmable and fully automatic digital computer and it displayed the results of its calculations using electronically illuminated cathode ray tubes. Built in Berlin during the peak of World War II, Germany's resources were spent on weapons so the Z3's development was hampered and many of its capabilities were limited. It was even destroyed in December 1943, when the Allies rained bombs on Berlin. 

        But on the other side of the channel, Great Britain supported the invention of the programmable computer that can help decode stolen high-level German messages.  Telephone engineer Tommy Flowers led a group of codebreakers in creating Colossus, an electronic computer that uses vacuum tubes to perform Boolean and counting operations. The second edition of Colossus, invented just before D-Day, was greatly influential for the Allies in formulating the plan on what to do after breaching German lines in Central Europe. But Germany learned of the importance of the computer and helped Zuse's company, Zuse KG, replicate the machine in 1960. The replica was donated to the Deutsches Museum in Munich, where it is still on display today.

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