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Telnet is the traditional protocol for making remote console connections over TCP. Telnet is not secure and is mainly used to connect to legacy equipment nowadays. For a secure alternative see SSH.

Follow these instructions to configure an Arch Linux machine as a telnet server.


To use telnet only to connect to other machines, [[pacman|install] inetutils.

To configure a telnet server, install xinetd as well.


To allow telnet connections in xinetd, edit /etc/xinetd.d/telnet, change disable = yes to disable = no and restart xinetd service.

Enable systemd xinetd service if you wish to start it at boot time.

Testing the setup

Try opening a telnet connection to your server:

$ telnet localhost

Note that you can not login as root.