What are the best terminal emulators for Windows?

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  1. 54

    #1ZOC

    ZOC

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $79.99- Free trial available

    Edward Obrien
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "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 purchase a license tomorrow..."
  2. 48

    #2Cmder

    Cmder

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Victoria Henderson
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "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. 46

    #3ConEmu

    ConEmu
    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.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Larry Kelley
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "I like the interface of this because it offers tabulated views. reminds me of putty. very pleasing for beginners like me."

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.

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  1. 43

    #4ConsoleZ

    ConsoleZ

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kelly Ford
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "The software gives you 2 ways of installation which I find very useful because one of those may fail unexpectedly. Good job devs!"
  2. 39

    #5KiTTY

    KiTTY
    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.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jacqueline Jones
    Written on September 23, 2017
    "Strongly reliable SSH client application with many built in features that assist the end user. Password storage, hot key applications, and automatic commands and saved scripts from previous applications. If you're a fan of PuTTY, you'll love KiTTY. "
  3. 38

    #6Console2

    Console2
    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.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Janet Harper
    Written on May 22, 2017
    "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 past couple of months. It hasn't been updated in some time and that might be the reason, I don't know. I hope someone can fix it."
  4. 37

    #7PuTTY

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

    Windows

    Free

    Carol Morales
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "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 works great. I've never had any issues with it. There's plenty of documentation on it, too, if you need help. I really recommend it."
  5. 34

    #8Ubuntu on Windows

    Ubuntu on Windows

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Benjamin Richards
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "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."
  6. 31

    #9mintty

    mintty

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Debra Cruz
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "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."
  7. 30

    #10Xshell 6

    Xshell 6

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $99- Free trial available

    Jennifer Watkins
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "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 awesome. You can try it free for 30 days and see if it works for you, too. I haven't had any issues with it and there's plenty of help online if you need it. I strongly recommend Xshell."
  8. 29

    #11PromptPal

    PromptPal

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.99- Free Trial Available

    Harry Ramos
    Written on September 14, 2017
    "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 can say that PromptPal does the job in the topic but I would not consider it the best."
  9. 26

    #12Babun

    Babun

    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


    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Deborah Holland
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Not exactly what I was looking for. I will keep looking."
  10. 24

    #13Clink

    Clink
    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
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Ruth Thomas
    Written on July 15, 2017
    "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."
  11. 22

    #14MobaXterm

    MobaXterm

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $69

    Daniel Reid
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "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 if asked."
  12. 19

    #15HyperTerminal

    HyperTerminal

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $64.99- Varies by plan

    Olivia Watson
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "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 with Windows XP and it will troubleshoot any issues when setting up and using a modem. It makes data connections between two computers easy and simple."
  13. 17

    #16Tera Term

    Tera Term

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jordan Collins
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "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 used even today, though the tech is a little old, many systems still use computer terminals. Check it out if you need it really."
  14. 15

    #17z/Scope Terminal Emulator

    z/Scope Terminal Emulator

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Kathryn Harvey
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "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 affordable, too."
  15. 14

    #18GnomeTerminator

    GnomeTerminator

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Brittany Wade
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "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 available, too, if you need help or encounter any bugs (I haven't found any myself, which is great!). I highly recommend Gnome Terminator."
  16. 10

    #19FireCMD

    FireCMD

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $59- Free trial available

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  17. 8

    #20WinSSHTerm

    WinSSHTerm
    A portable PuTTY/KiTTY interface for accessing remote systems via SSH.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

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  18. 5

    #21SecureCRT

    SecureCRT

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Varies by plan

    Nicholas Gomez
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "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 the only one I need."
  19. 4

    #22AniTa

    AniTa

    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. 


    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Ronald Mendez
    Written on July 13, 2017
    "This is a great product! I highly recommend for anyone who needs a terminal emulator!"
  20. 1

    #23SuperPutty

    SuperPutty

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Richard Hall
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "This Windows manager is highly customizable. It may seem complicated at first but you'll know what you are doing in no time."
  21. 0

    #24Terminus

    Terminus

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

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Summary

Best What are the best terminal emulators for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ZOCSoftware 54 Paid
2CmderSoftware 48 Free
3ConEmuSoftware 46 Free
4ConsoleZSoftware 43 Free
5KiTTYSoftware 39 Free
6Console2Software 38 Free
7PuTTYSoftware 37 Free
8Ubuntu on WindowsSoftware 34 Free
9minttySoftware 31 Free
10Xshell 6Software 30 Paid
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