OS X: How to install minicom?

Minicom is a menu driven communications program. It emulates ANSI and VT102 terminals. The current version is 2.4, from 2009-12-20.

Installing it on Mac OS X is quite easy, thanks to the MacPorts (formerly Darwin Ports) mechanisms:

$ sudo port install minicom

The result is /opt/local/bin/minicom, and, if MacPorts were installed properly, should already be in the PATH.

Before using minicom, the default configuration should be created:

$ sudo touch /opt/local/etc/minirc.dfl
$ sudo minicom -s

Additional configurations can be created, for example by saving the default configuration to a configuration with another name, for example dbg. The serial port is stored in the configuration, so it is not needed to specify it every time.

Further use of this new configuration is possible by refering to the given name:

$ minicom dbg


About Liviu Ionescu (ilg)
Hi! My name is Liviu Ionescu (ilg, ilegeul or eunete for colleagues and friends) and I’m a senior IT engineer. Or should I say a real programmer?

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