Developer: Decisive Tactics, Inc.

Current Version: 1.3.4

Last Updated: 19 days ago

Download Size: 1.8 MB - Download


Serial makes it easy to connect your Mac to almost anything with a serial port, including routers, switches, PBXs, embedded devices and more.

In addition to a full-featured terminal emulator, Serial includes built-in, user-space drivers for many popular devices, saving you the hassle of finding, installing, and updating drivers. With Serial there is no need to change security settings on your Mac just to connect something to your machine.

For network administrators, Serial supports the break sequence required when working with routers and switches, and even emulates breaks for devices and/or drivers lacking direct support. In addition to breaks, text pacing allows you to paste large configuration files without overflowing the input buffer of your device.


• Full-featured xterm, linux, and ANSI/VT100 terminal emulation
• Break support
• Text pacing
• XMODEM, YMODEM, ZMODEM and Kermit file transfers
• Manual or automatic logging
• Profiles
• Timestamps
• Emulated break sequence for devices or kernel drivers lacking support
• Emulated XON/XOFF for devices or kernel drivers lacking support

Serial includes built-in support for the following devices:

• USB Communication Device Class (CDC) devices
• Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) devices
• USB to Serial bridges based on the FTDI, Prolific, CH34x, SiLabs, and TI chipsets
• FTDI's FT260 HID USB/Serial Bridge
• SiLabs CP2110 HID USB/Serial Bridge
• Cisco (and other) devices with built-in USB console ports


Release Notes:

- Cmd-Left and Cmd-Right now go to the beginning/end of a line respectively


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2.2
Review by RosebudYT

Nice job - I’m a Cisco networking administrator. This tool works great with my new MacBook (the one with only 1 USB-C port). I have the Apple brand USB-C to USB adapter. This terminal emulator works immediately with a generic Prolific USB to Serial adapter, which NO LONGER WORK IN EL CAPITAN. Let me stress that, anyone reading this review. The only way to get a USB to Serial adapter to work, other than this excellent utility, is to modify your operating system and remove safeguards to prevent unsigned applications from running. I do not recommend doing that. This terminal emulator works great. No playing around with “screen” or whatever it was I was using before. Plug in your console cable, hit enter twice and you are at the command line. And all the putty functionality that you are familiar with works. No drivers needed for the USB to Serial adapter. Great job, DTI.

Found helpful by 12 out of 12 people
Version 1.2.2
Review by Tikidiction

no logging support - I am quite disappointed that there is no ability to log a serial session. The only option is to export the text of the session, after it is complete. I have never used a serial emulation app that didn’t have this function (on Mac or Windows), so I didn’t even think to verify this feature was available before purchasing. Logging a session is very important for network equipment admins for a few reasons. First, you may be logging serial output for an extended period of time, and you want to make sure you have as much data as possible (and don’t want to have unlimited scrollback), especially when unexpected events occur. Second, you can monitor the file output to trigger scripts or other processes to help in troubleshooting. Third, you might not want to have the whole session as output. You can do multiple copy-and-pastes, but temporarily logging a portion of the session is a standard way of going about this. Not to mention it is darn convenient and gives you that warm and fuzzy that information is already stashed to a file. To be fair, the rest of the app’s features seem solid. I wish I would have used the free trial, which I encourage everyone else to do. I didn’t see that was available from their web site until after purchasing through the app store. If the app had been $5, I could see letting it go. But I had to shell out $30. Unfortunately, I am going back to ZTerm.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.3.4
Review by Imaflgeek

Finally Terminal Emulation for Mac That Works! - I got tired of fighting with another terminal emulator because XModem transfers crashed the application. I had a couple of switches that needed software reloads because they had corrupt images. I did a quick search and found serial. I downloaded the trial version saw that everything worked and that I didn’t need to even confiure the KeySpan serial adapter that I have had for years, I was hooked! Thank you.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.3.4
Review by gatoAlfa

Great application for serious users. - I’ve tested many serial terminal applications. This is the only one that really works well, it is flexible and has a clean design. I use it mostly as a console for embedded devices and for this is great. It handles the FTDI USB to UART adapters very well, supports almost any baud rate and hardware/software flow control combination. It will pay for itself very quickly with your reduction of frustration. I like the option to configure it so it will open a terminal as soon as a particular adapter is connected and reconnect automatically, this is very handy when developing embedded devices.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people