How To Install/Enable Telnet Client In Windows 10?

Telnet is a command-line protocol that is used to connect remote systems over the network and manage them with commands. Telnet protocol works as Client and Server architecture where the client connects to the remote Telnet server. Telnet is supported by different operating systems and platforms like Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Android, MacOSX, etc. Windows operating systems and Windows 10 provide a built-in telnet client but it is not enabled or installed by default. By using the Programs and Features the built-in Windows 10 telnet client can be enabled.

Check If Telnet Client Is Installed or “telnet is not recognized as an internal or external command.” Error

Before installing the telnet command we can check if the telnet command is installed or enabled by executing it from the command line. Just type telnet to the command line interface and if it is installed you will enter the telnet interactive shell. If not installed you will see the following error.

C:\>telnet 80
'telnet' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Enable Telnet Client From “Programs and Features”

The telnet client can be enabled from the Programs and Features GUI tool which is used to enable different Windows tools and services. Also, the Telnet server is enabled from the “Programs and Features” too. To most practical way to open “Programs and Features” is using the “Start Menu” and typing like below.

Open Programs and Features

Or you can open it from the Control Panel Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Programs and Features.

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features

Telnet client is provided as Windows Features and can be enabled from theTurn Windows features on or off menu.

Turn Windows Features On or Off

You will see the following screen which lists different windows features. In order to turn on just check the checkbox which will start the enabling process or installation process. You will check the Telnet Client line checkbox which is not checked by default and this means it is not enabled.

Enable Telnet Client From Windows Features

The last step is clicking on the OK button which will install checked features. The installation process will look like the below. It will search for the installation files automatically and install the Telnet Client feature.

Telnet is Installing For Windows

When the installation is complete the telnet client checkbox will be checked like below which means the telnet client is installed and activated.

Install Telnet Client From Windows Features

Enable Telnet Client from PowerShell Command Line Interface

Powershell provides the Install-WindowsFeature commandlet in order to enable or install windows features where Telnet Client is one of them.

PS> Install-WindowsFeature -name "Telnet-Client"

Enable Telnet Client from MS-DOS /Command Prompt Command Line Interface

Windows provides the pkgmgr which is the command for the package manager. This pkgmgr command can be used to install the Windows telnet client from the command line or MS-DOS. In order to install the telnet client, the /ui: parameter will be provided with the telnet client package name. The package name of the telnet client for pkgmgr command is TelnetClient without any spaces. You can install the TelnetClient package with the pkgmgr command from command line like below. First, open the command line from the Start menu by typing “command prompt” like below.

Open Windows Command Prompt
> pkgmgr /ui:"TelnetClient"

You can also run this command Run dialog box without opening the MS-DOS command line.

Enable Telnet Client with dism Command from MS-DOS/Command Prompt Command Line Interface

dism is a popular command which can be used to manage system-related backups, libraries, applications, services, etc. The dism command can be used to install the telnet client in Windows. The /online and /Enable-Feature parameters should be provided to the dism command with the /FeatureName: parameter like below.

> dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

Disable Telnet Client

Telnet clients can be also disabled using the Windows Features or command line. For Windows features just uncheck the checkbox for the Windows Client and then click to the OK .

Install Telnet Client From Windows Features

Run Telnet Client

Telnet client is used to connecting remote telnet servers but as a useful tool telnet can connect other ports like web servers or HTTP ports. In the following example, we will check the port number 443 with the telnet command.

> telnet 443

Connect Remote Telnet Server

You can also connect remote telnet server by just providing the remote telnet server IP address and domain name like below. In the following example, we will connect to the remote server named

> telnet

Putty As Telnet Client

Previously defined actions can be completed with the Administrator privileges. If you have Administrator privileges it is not a problem. But if you do not have Administrator privileges you need an alternative solution. Putty is a popular SSH client which also supports the Telnet protocol. The Putty does not require installation and is easily downloaded and used. Use the following link to download Putty.

Just clicking on the Putty client opens the following main screen and configuration. Set the Host Name, IP Address below. Then click to the Other and select the Telnet . Also, check that the Port is 23.

Putty As Telnet Client

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