The Kermit Project
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Kermit is a robust transport-independent file-transfer protocol and a large collection of software programs that implement it on a wide variety of platforms. In addition to file transfer, many of these programs also make network, dialed, and/or serial-port connections and also offer features such as terminal emulation, character-set conversion, and scripting for automation of any communication or file-management task. The Kermit Project originated at Columbia University in New York City in 1981 and remained there for 30 years. Since 2011 it is independent. CLICK HERE for a longer explanation.News:
All of these are written in the C programming language, with source code available.
Terminal sessions, file transfer, character-set conversion, scripting. Makes serial and TCP/IP network connections, including secure ones. Unix is the operating system family that includes Linux, Mac OS X, Android, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and hundreds of others. C-Kermit 9.0 and later has a BSD license. Prebuilt C-Kermit binarires for over 700 platforms 1985-2011 are archived at the Columbia University Kermit website; CLICK HERE for access.
File transfer only, does not make connections*. GNU Public License.
For embedding in devices that might not have an operating system. File transfer only. Programming is required for adaptation to a given device. Extremely small and compact. BSD license.
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|*||“Does not make connections” means that this Kermit program is used only on the "far end" of a data connection. For example, if you have a PC on your desk with Windows and Kermit 95, or with Linux and C-Kermit, you can make a connection (direct serial, or dialed with a modem, or Telnet, or SSH) to another (remote) computer, and you can use G-Kermit or E-Kermit (or C-Kermit) on the remote computer to transfer a file with your local computer (the PC in the case) using Kermit protocol [see diagram].|
The historical Kermit software archive — the one that contains all the Kermit programs and files from 1981 to August 2011 — is at Columbia University: about 150 different programs, covering thousands of hardware-OS-version combinations, in 36 different programming languages and many more dialects. The archive page indicated just below links mostly to Columbia, but also links to some newer items that are here:
Here's the layout of the new Kermit software FTP site:
Kermit Software Archive 1981-2016:
New Kermit Project FTP Site Map Area Mode FTP URL C-Kermit Source Code text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/ckermit E-Kermit Source Code text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/ekermit G-Kermit Source Code text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/gkermit Kermit 95 Source Code text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/kermit95 Kermit Script Library text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/scripts Tar and Zip Archives binary ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/archives Test and Development Source Code text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/test/text Test and Development Tar and Zip Archives binary ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/test/tar PDF and PostScript Files binary ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/pdf Plain-Text Documents text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/etc Updated historic Kermit versions text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/historic Columbia MM email client text ftp://ftp.kermitproject.org/kermit/mm
Tar and Zip archives in the archive directory are also available individually via HTTP links in the Download section of each program page (for example, here), for the benefit of those who have FTP blocked. In fact, any Kermit Project FTP URL can be converted into an HTTP URL as follows:
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The reason FTP is offered at all is that following an FTP link into a directory shows you all the files and lets you look at or download each one individually, whereas you can't get a file list with HTTP. Also, when using a command-line FTP client (such as C-Kermit), you get a lot more control than you do with HTTP.
In July 2014, Columbia University changed its FTP service in such a way as to break all FTP links to files at Columbia, of which there were more than 5000 in the Columbia University Kermit Project pages. The links in the Kermit Software Archive were updated, but none of the others. If you follow an FTP link from a Columbia page and it doesn't work, please try the corresponding page at this site, e.g. the C-Kermit Binaries page.
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