MuffinTerm

MuffinTerm

A terminal crafted for the classic BBS experience.

Dive back into the glory days of dial-up bulletin board systems… just, without the dialing up. (Though we’ll always miss that modem sound.)

BBSes were once the way that almost anyone “online” got online. The modern Internet might have stolen a bit of the spotlight, but BBSes are still around if you know where to look—and MuffinTerm can take you there.

Connect to telnet-enabled BBSes from around the world, with a terminal that’s designed to bring the classic experience to devices of today. (And no more busy signals!)

Pixel perfect. [MuffinTerm sample BBS screen showing VGA text mode on macOS]

Select from among text modes of the DOS and home computer era, with pixel-accurate CP437 and PETSCII support for the traditional systems of the time, every detail reproduced to help you really feel at home. (All rendered with a custom Metal shader, running on a GPU probably more powerful than any computer of that era.)

Turn back the clock. [MuffinTerm screen in green monochrome mode showing CRT curvature and scanline effects]

Fuel your nostalgia further by enabling various aesthetic effects.

Write that down. [MuffinTerm showing the Sticky Notes feature on macOS]

Some features are functional as well as fun. For example, who hasn’t stuck a sticky note or two to the side of their monitor at some point? Fortunately, the digital era is no bar to this ancient practice. Each BBS in your dialing directory gets its own digital sticky note (pick a color!), plus another that’s shared between them all. Record notes, make reminders, or be naughty and jot down a password or two. (We won’t peek.)

Checks all the boxes.

Of course, the basics are still all there. Traditional ANSI and PETSCII terminal emulation give you the proper BBS experience; teletype and “raw mode” provide support for special-use systems. Upload and download files using the standard XMODEM, YMODEM, and ZMODEM protocols. Save transcripts of your calls as text or raw data logs. There’s even an online timer in the status line to show you how long you’ve been connected. (Not responsible for flashbacks to long-distance bills from the 1980s.)

A comprehensive dialing directory helps you to keep track of your favorite systems. You can also import up-to-date BBS lists from popular online BBS directories. Have multiple devices? Automatically sync your dialing directory and call history between them all—whether macOS, iPadOS, or iOS—via iCloud.

And last but not least, it’s free. No ads, no in-app purchases, no weird tracking shenanigans. It’s just you and the soft glow of the pixels calling out to you.

It’s time to get back online with MuffinTerm.

[MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and iPhone, all showing the MuffinTerm startup screen]

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