Mintty is a terminal emulator for Cygwin, MSYS and Msys2.



Mintty works on all Windows versions from Windows 2000 onwards. Similarly to other Cygwin/MSYS terminals based on pseudo terminal ("pty") devices, however, mintty is not a full replacement for the Windows Console window (by default running the Windows Command Processor / command prompt / cmd.exe). While native console programs with simple text output usually work fine, interactive programs often have problems, although sometimes there are workarounds.


The Cygwin package ships with a manual page that can be accessed with man mintty. Invoking mintty with the --help option shows a summary of available command line options. See the Wiki for information on keycodes, control sequences and other hints.


In Cygwin, it is installed as the default "Cygwin Terminal".
For MSYS (old), select the msys-mintty package in the installer. (Or from MinGW, install the package with mingw-get install mintty.)
For MSYS2, mintty is installed by default, or it can be installed later with the command pacman -S mintty.

Repository and Download

The source code repository.
Latest Releases for download.
The Release Archive for older packages.
The current snapshot download.

Bugs and Enhancements

Please report bugs or suggest enhancements via the issue tracker. General Cygwin questions should be sent to the Cygwin mailing list, preferably after subscribing the list.
Bugs that were reported to the previous repository at Google code before June, 2015, have been migrated here.


If you consider to suggest a patch or contribute to mintty otherwise, discuss your proposal in an issue first, or on the Cygwin mailing list, or with the maintainer.


Mintty is based on code from PuTTY 0.60 by Simon Tatham and team. The program icon comes from KDE's Konsole. Mintty ties directly into Cygwin/MSYS and leaves out PuTTY's networking functionality, which is provided by packages such as openssh and inetutils instead. A number of PuTTY issues have been addressed (see Wiki).

Mintty help screen shot

Mintty options screen shot

Mintty SIXEL graphics display