Cygwin Telnet Client

Written by James McDonald

July 14, 2008

For some weird reason when attempting to run the Windows version of telnet under Cygwin it returns to a prompt without connecting.

So you need to install the Cygwin Package that contains a telnet client which is: inetutils

Run the cygwin setup.exe and choose inetutils.

Installing inetutils gives you the following utilities:

ftp.exe
iu-config
rcp.exe
rlogin.exe
rsh.exe
syslogd-config
talk.exe
telnet.exe
tftp.exe
ftpd.exe
inetd.exe
rexecd.exe
rlogind.exe
rshd.exe
syslogd.exe
talkd.exe
telnetd.exe
tftpd.exe
uucpd.exe

I used cygcheck.exe to list the above:

cygcheck.exe -l inetutils | grep bin | cut -d/ -f4

Note: If you haven’t restarted your cygwin terminals and you are running bash you will need to run hash -r to get your terminal to forget about the windows telnet.exe and use cygwins version.

5 Comments

  1. Ondrej Medek

    Thanks, I was also looking for the telnet in cygwin and could not find the package where it is.

    Reply
  2. Andrés

    Thanks! I looked and looked for a tftp client for Cygwin and was going insane. This saved me a lot of time 🙂

    Reply
  3. sooraj

    I installed inetutils, but when I run “telnet”, I get following error.

    /usr/bin/telnet/exe: error while loading shared libraries: cygncursesw-10.dll: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    ideas?

    Reply
    • anchor

      i have installed libncurses10 ,but the error is still

      Reply

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