Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I buy TinyTERM Enterprise for iOS?

A: TinyTERM Enterprise for iOS is available on the App Store or the B2B store for volume purchases, and through direct purchase from Century Software, Inc. For details, please contact our Sales department at or +1-801-268-3088 option 2.

Q: What happened to TinyTERM Lite and TinyTERM Plus?

A: They have been discontinued. Prior to this, 95% of our sales for iOS were for TinyTERM Enterprise. Supporting one product made more sense than continuing development on three.

If you previously downloaded TinyTERM Lite or TinyTERM Plus from the iOS App Store, you can still do so. In the App Store on your device, tap the silhouette account symbol at top right. This brings up your account settings. Tap the Purchased button there to display your purchase history. Your other TinyTERM downloads will still be available there.

Q: What are the hardware and software requirements?

A: TinyTERM Enterprise runs on iOS versions 13 and newer. It is supported on several hardware platforms:

  • iPhone 6s or newer
  • iPod Touch 7th generation
  • iPad or iPad Mini, 5th generation or newer
  • All iPad Air and iPad Pro models

Q: What connection types are supported in TinyTERM Enterprise?

A: TinyTERM supports telnet and SSH connections for UNIX/Linux emulations, and telnet and SSL for TN3270 or TN5250. Connections can run over wifi or 3G networks.

Q: Which authentication types does SSH include?

A: TinyTERM Enterprise includes both SSH1 and SSH2. User/password and keyboard-interactive authentication are both available. TinyTERM also supports both RSA and DSA keys in sizes from 512 to 4096 bits.

Q: Does TinyTERM include Unicode support for languages such as Japanese and Chinese?

A: TinyTERM does not include support for the full Unicode character set at this time.

Q: How much of the emulator screen does the keyboard cover?

A: It covers about half the screen in landscape mode, but it doesn't have to cover the emulator screen at all. TinyTERM can dynamically resize the emulator window when the keyboard comes up, so that no information gets hidden behind the keys. Or the keyboard can be made transparent, so the emulator text isn't resized, but can still be read underneath the keyboard.

And in portrait mode, the keyboard never covers the terminal screen, unless it is set as transparent. Then it covers about the bottom third by default.

Q: The default iPad keyboard doesn't include all the terminal keys. Does TinyTERM include function keys, arrow keys and the like?

A: Yes. TinyTERM has several keyboard layouts, all of which include function keys F1-F12, all four arrow keys, Ins, Del, End, Home, PgUp, PgDn, Esc, Tab, Ctrl and Shift.

When using an external keyboard, the Option key can be used in place of a Ctrl key. For example, Option-C is the equivalent of the terminal Ctrl-C. Also, Option-1 through Option-0 equate to F1-F10 from an external keyboard.

Q: So it will use an external keyboard?

A: Yes. TinyTERM supports both dock and Bluetooth keyboards.

Q: Are there also PF1-PF4 keys for VT emulations?

A: The F1-F4 function keys act as PF keys for VT100, VT220, etc. The VT220 (STD 437) keyboard layout also includes PF1-PF4, Help and Do keys.

TN3270 and TN5250 emulations support the full range of function keys, PF1-PF24.

Q: How do I restore the keyboard when it's hidden?

A: Just double-tap the screen. This works in landscape or portrait mode.

Q: Can the keyboard be modified?

A: Yes. Instructions are on this page.

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