Hi tried to use telnet in High Sierra, and I noticed it does not come anymore with MacOS.

I also attempted to install it via MacPorts with:

$ sudo port install telnet
Error: Port telnet not found

But it did not work. What to do?


After investigating a little, I found from a ticket opened in the MacPorts bugtracker: telnet port request (High Sierra) about the lack of telnet, and that the needed package is inetutils.

So I installed inetutils with:

sudo port install inetutils

And know I already can use telnet.

PS. If Homebrew is your thing, you can also install telnet with:

brew install telnet
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    Curious... why do you choose MacPorts over HomeBrew? – Christopher Feb 23 '18 at 16:52
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    already installed here, More flexibility, more ports, more stable, no ruby, it does not overwrite MacOS setups/binaries. Though reputedly HomeBrew is simpler, and MacPorts more sysadmin oriented. – Rui F Ribeiro Feb 23 '18 at 16:54
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    HomeBrew (non-cask) doesn't overwrite MacOS binaries, either: It installs everything into /usr/local and manages it just like I do (manually) on my Debian machine. I haven't tried MacPorts, but so far I found HomeBrew quite sufficient. – dirkt Feb 24 '18 at 8:53
  • @dirkt Fun fact: actually I started using MacPorts to have WireShark and dsniff...then I liked it. – Rui F Ribeiro Feb 24 '18 at 9:30

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