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Looking for the most sophisticated terminal software with Unix-like options to access your Mac's system? MacTerm for Mac is a very powerful application, with tons of features, customization options, and a basic interface.

MacTerm for Mac is a free application that is currently in beta. This application doesn't have a native installer, but nevertheless it downloaded and installed quickly. If you are used to Apple's OS X Terminal application, after initiating the program you will be greeted with a very familiar interface, only with new icons and features on the toolbar. The application is basically a more advanced Apple OS X Terminal with extra features like Growl integration, shortcuts, advanced search, etc. The level of customization this application offers is pretty amazing and will be welcomed by advanced users. One of our favorite features is the Macro function that allows you to run complex tasks by just pressing a few key combinations. Although the application is still in beta, it runs surprisingly well and with no hiccups. However, the application is still not optimized for the new Retina Display, so the text and icons will be a little blurry for Retina users.

With plenty of features to offer, MacTerm for Mac seems to be a very powerful terminal application. This application is suitable for users who use their Terminal app very often, such as developers, programmers, administrators, and gamers.

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What's new in version 4.1.0.b.20180105
  • Terminals now support the DECRQSS sequence, though the response is initially "unrecognized value" for all inputs except DECSCUSR (cursor shape). This helps to avoid glitchy terminal output at startup in recent versions of "vim".
  • Terminals now support the DECSCUSR (set cursor shape) sequence from VT520, although the value is currently just stored for report requests (DECRQSS) without allowing applications to change the terminal cursor display. This helps to avoid glitchy terminal output at startup in recent versions of "vim".
  • XTerm terminals will now respond to VT220 Secondary Device Attributes queries by hijacking the 2nd return value for "XFree86 patch level", as XTerm does. The default value is 95, the minimum defined by XTerm. (Previously, the value 10 was returned, and terminals configured as only VT220 will continue to return 10.) This can encourage applications that read this value, such as text editors, to have better behavior; though it will always be difficult to predict exactly how this number will be used by any given application.
  • New low-level terminal preference "terminal-emulator-xterm-reported-patch-level" can be used to customize the "XFree86 patch level" returned in Secondary Device Attributes queries by terminals that use the XTerm emulator type. This is basically an XTerm hack but applications may depend on the specific value. This should be considered highly experimental and used only to encourage applications to produce desired behavior; since MacTerm may not perfectly emulate an XTerm, changing the patch level to arbitrary values may not do the correct thing.
Publisher Kevin Grant
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Release Date January 16, 2018
Date Added January 16, 2018
Version 4.1.0.b.20180105
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
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Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
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File Size 5.2MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 3,161
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free
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Price Free
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