MacTerm
MacTerm
4.1.20180825

4.3

MacTerm free download for Mac

MacTerm

4.1.20180825
13 December 2018

Terminal emulator for both local and remote shells.

Overview

MacTerm is a complete replacement for the macOS Terminal, allowing access to both local and remote applications.

Its many features include powerful terminals supporting 24-bit color, a very flexible preferences system that can import iTerm2 color schemes, TEK vector graphics, dynamic search, notifications and keep-alive, macros, a floating command line window, special keypads, a session manager, and even a basic Python scripting interface.

What's new in MacTerm

Version 4.1.20180825:
  • No longer in "beta".

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Teslanaut
15 June 2010

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Anyone remember the days of MUD? I remember. Those were some fun days. :)
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Version 4.0.0.b.20100608
WordWeaver
06 June 2015
Being an old school BBSer -- I run my own BBS at telnet 202.128.4.177 and BBS website at www.armageddonbbs.com -- I downloaded this app to see how well it works as a telnet client for BBSing. I use an iMac running Yosemite 10.10.3, and my BBS uses the Hermes II BBS software.. I encountered several problems while trying to set up this app for BBSing purposes, and also when attempting to log on to my BBS. Being as a true PC-ANSI-based BBS uses the CP437 character set -- i.e., extended ASCII or high ASCII glyphs -- to draw ANSI graphics, I tried to change the default font in the app from Monaco to a font which actually contains the CP437 symbols, in the translation section of the app's preferences. I actually have three different fonts on my machine which meet this requirement. However, regardless of whether I tried to change the default format, or set up a new format specifically geared towards BBSing, the app would not let me change the font. In each case, whenever I clicked on the field to change the font, it would launch Apple's font chooser, where I could select a different font and font size. However, despite repeated attempts to alter the default setup, or to create a new one, or to alter the "Throwback" format, MacTerm refused to accept the font change, and in all cases in remained at Monaco. Using the "Throwback" format did give me the desired black background which is standard for old style BBSing, but because I could not change the font, the ANSI graphics look rather crappy. It does show the high ASCII glyphs, but they don't look right because it is the wrong font. However, MacTerm does properly display the 16 PC-ANSI colors. As I recall though, flashing characters were not working. Trying to log on to my BBS revealed more problems. The first is that hitting the return key does absolutely nothing. I can type in my user number, but hitting the return key does not advance me to the next line where the BBS asks me for my user password. There also appears to be a problem with MacTerm not echoing back my typing to me. It worked sometimes, but more often than not, it didn't. Sometimes there was a long pause before it would display them, and sometimes it would simply not display them at all. Likewise, the backspace/delete key is not working fully either. MacTerm refuses to allow me to delete the first character that I type in a line. Being as I was unable to even log on to my BBS with MacTerm, I can't say how the rest of the BBS looks with it. However, due to the inability to change the font, I imagine that it likewise looks rather crappy, just like the ANSI welcome screen. I am also wondering if MacTerm suports the X, Y and Z modem transfer protocols. If not, then just like Apple's terminal app, it is rather useless when it comes to downloading files from BBSes. While Apple's terminal app doesn't handle BBS file transfers either, I will note that when properly set up -- as explained on the Armageddon BBS website -- my BBS looks wonderful in the Terminal app. You will find plenty of screen captures of my BBS on the website. Look in the links section that is located on the lower half of the home page. Anyway, due the problems which I encountered, I can't agree with the developer's assessment in his description above that MacTerm "is now a complete replacement for Terminal". Perhaps it works well in other areas, but not for old school BBSing.
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Version 4.1.0.b.20150528
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Kevin Grant
Kevin Grant
11 August 2015
Hello,

Thank you for posting. I’m sorry for the wait; I only saw this today. (It is better to report problems to me directly; the main site is “www.macterm.net” and it has my contact info.)

Regarding the issues above:

MacTerm Help shows typical BBS settings; I am not sure from your description if you started there. UTF-8 is the default; I changed to “Latin-US (DOS)” a.k.a. CP437 before log-in to your server and I saw the expected banner. Note that although this setting can be changed at any time, it does not apply retroactively to text that is already on the screen.

I will investigate the return-key problem. I’ve never seen this before but my guess is that the server did not tell the terminal to resume echoing (print-outs). Other terminal programs may choose to automatically resume print-outs on each new line.

The Font Panel is system-wide and not automatically “attached” to anything so font/size selections can go nowhere! You must always click or re-click a button in a MacTerm panel to highlight what you want to change, before clicking anything in the system Font Panel. It may even matter which window is clicked first.

MacTerm renders certain graphics by itself, ignoring fonts. This is often done to improve connections between characters (for example, fonts may have gaps in lines or patterns; MacTerm does not). This is automatic right now but I could add an option to disable the special graphics if you would rather use a font.

There are bugs too (MacTerm is a beta). The backup font setting in the Translations pane is NOT used; only the Format font is used. There is a new terminal text renderer being developed, and currently only the font preview pane uses it; therefore, a font that looks good in the preview may look worse in the terminal window itself. I will resolve these issues in future releases but right now it is a noticeable problem.

Backspace/delete behavior is a setting, and you can even set up a Macro. I will look at the first-character-deletion problem you mentioned to see if there is a bug; my experience is that key mappings work as intended though.

MacTerm does not support modem protocols directly but GNU “screen” does (included with OS X) and that can be run in a MacTerm window to take advantage of the rendering.
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Jazzyguy
19 November 2012
Excellent app and free! I like the features!
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Version 4.0.0.b.20121118
WisdomL0RD
28 September 2012
The floating command line window is awesome. Thanks for keeping this free.
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Version 4.0.0.b.20120804
Drtyrell969
20 February 2011
Sorry, no color presets, no run.
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Version 4.0.0.b.20110212
Teslanaut
15 June 2010
Anyone remember the days of MUD? I remember. Those were some fun days. :)
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Version 4.0.0.b.20100608
Macmend-com
03 October 2003
Just downloaded the latest version, as i have been looking for a telnet client that was easy to use and away we go, no problems and does what it says on the tin, so top marks, got me on the router and checking the WAN I have just taken over the management of.
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Version 3.0a31
Anonymous
24 September 2003
Work very fine for me! Mac OS X 10.2 with Ibook G3.
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Version 3.0a31
Kevin Grant
21 January 2003
I regret any startup problems users have encountered in the past, but I only have 3 machines to test with. Please report problems directly to me, so that I may fix them. It is most valuable if you enable the Crash Logs feature of the Console utility and then send me any relevant logs written to the Library/Logs folder of your home folder. Thanks!
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Version 3.0a29
Anonymous
20 December 2002
Crashes on launch. Runs its search for scripts...then bails. Looks good in the screen shots. I'd love to try it, but not really possible if it won't run. OS X 10.2.2
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Version 3.0a28
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Ayub
Ayub
18 May 2012
It is clearly mentioned in the requirements line: REQUIREMENTS PPC / Intel, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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J-Hughes
19 December 2002
So far, every version of MacTelnet X I've tried has crashed immediately upon launch. I'm running Mac OS X 10.2.2. Any ideas?
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Version 3.0a28
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Ayub
Ayub
18 May 2012
It is clearly mentioned in the requirements line: REQUIREMENTS PPC / Intel, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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