Alternative serial console for accessing the Arduino


I have been playing about with alternative consoles for my Arduino under OS X.

The Arduino IDE serial console sucks! (the entire Arduino IDE kind of sucks, but one fix at a time).

I first tried to use the native Minicom package, the most up to date one I found was version 2.2 (compiled Mar 16 2007), it can be installed and set up using the following:

Download and run the minicom 2.2 package installer.
In Terminal (or iTerm2 if you are awesome) manually edit your $PATH with

I assume that this may be of interest to people using GNULinux and BSD as I assume Minicom is available in both as well,

Not sure about windows…

Philip McGaw


OpenROV BBB system