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The New Open-Source Kermit Project

Frank da Cruz
1 July 2011
Most recent update: Thu May 27 13:52:17 2021

27 April 2021
ALERT: Firefox and Chrome have dropped support for FTP links. More than 10,000 FTP links at this site have to be changed to HTTP, but certain types of FTP links have no HTTP equivalent. Conversion work is in progress. READ MORE HERE.

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 more about the Kermit Project, protocol, and software.


  • May 26, 2021... E-Kermit 1.18 (bug fixes). All FTP links in the GEKermit page have been converted to HTTP.
  • May 26, 2021... G-Kermit 2.00, the first and only new release since it debuted over 20 years ago. Version 2.00 should compile cleanly in most modern Unix versions and produce a working excutable. All FTP links in the G-Kermit page have been converted to HTTP.
  • May 7, 2021... All FTP links the C-Kermit page and the C-Kermit "Daily" page converted to work with Chrome and Firefox.
  • May 2, 2021... All FTP links the Kermit Archive page have been converted to something that Chrome and Firefox will accept.
  • April 30, 2021... All FTP links removed from this page since they no longer work in Firefox or Chrome..
  • April 29, 2021... 40th anniversary of first Kermit protocol file transfer.
  • 16 February, 2021... Kermit Project website is now encrypted.
  • July 25, 2020... C-Kermit 9.0.305 Alpha.01 available for testing. Important: This is an emergency test release that works around a change made affecting Linux and other Unix systems that use the GNU stdio library (glibc) which causes C-Kermit builds to fail; affected systems include (at least) Ubuntu and Debian. Please test to make sure this version builds without errors, and that arrow keys function correctly in C-Kermit command mode, e.g. up-arrow for command recall.
  • August 1, 2019... New index to all C-Kermit documentation HERE, plus comprehensive tables of C-Kermit's built-in functions and built-in variables.
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Kermit programs currently in use

   And hosted at kermitproject.org

All of these are written in the C programming language, with source code available.

Program Operating systems
C-Kermit Unix, VMS
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 an Open-Source BSD license. Prebuilt C-Kermit binarires for over 700 platforms 1985-2011 are archived at the Columbia University Kermit website.
G-Kermit Unix
File transfer only, does not make connections*. GNU Public License.
E-Kermit None/Any
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.
Kermit 95 Windows, OS/2
Terminal emulation, file transfer, character-set conversion, scripting. Makes serial and TCP/IP network connections, including secure ones. Proprietary, but the source code is Open Source BSD license; Windows programmers needed to produce a free version suitable for general release.
Local and remote computers “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 at the new site:

Kermit Software Archive 1981-2021:
Here's the layout of the new Kermit software FTP site:

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.

My thanks to Panix Public Access Networks Corporation on behalf of the open source community and Kermit software users and developers for hosting this new site. —Frank da Cruzfdc@kermitproject.org

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