Kermit Books

New York City
The nonprofit Kermit Project is entirely self-supporting. If you use Kermit software, you are requested to also purchase the appropriate manual(s), described below.

These manuals show you, step-by-step, how to use the software, complete with examples and illustrations. They are designed for users of all levels, from novices to experts, and include everything ranging from tutorials to reference material, meticulously compiled tables, an excellent index, etc.

When you have the manual, you will not need to ask for technical support except under unusual circumstances. This reduces the load on our help desk, and thus our costs. It frees the time of the software developers for more development work. And sales of the manuals provide most of the income that supports the Kermit Project.

Please do not request technical support unless you have already consulted the appropriate manual, as well as the online help, "beware" (hints and tips), and update files that accompany your version of Kermit.

English-language editions of Using MS-DOS Kermit and Using C-Kermit are available to people with print disabilities from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.


C-Kermit, full-function communication software for UNIX, VMS, QNX, BeOS, Plan 9, Stratus VOS, AOS/VS, OS-9, Apollo Aegis, the Commodore Amiga, and the Atari ST is documented in:

Frank da Cruz and Christine M. Gianone, Using C-Kermit, Second Edition, Digital Press / Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 1997, 622 pages, ISBN 1-55558-164-1. In computer and book stores, or order direct from Columbia University, from Digital Press, from Barnes and Noble, from SoftPro, from, from Book Stacks Unlimited, or from The Internet Bookshop (UK). This book is still current for C-Kermit 7.0; the new features of C-Kermit 7.0 are described in the C-Kermit 7.0 Update Notes.


A German translation of the first edition is also available:

Frank da Cruz und Christine M. Gianone, C-Kermit, Einführung und Referenz, Verlag Heinz Heise, Hannover, Germany (1994). ISBN 3-88229-023-4. Deutsch von Gisbert W. Selke. "C-Kermit, die Kommunikationssoftware mit nahezu unbegrenzter Portierbarkeit, läuft auf vielen Computern, vom Schreibtisch-PC bis zum Mainframe. Sie zeichnet sich u. a. durch Netzwerkverbindung, automatisches Wählen per Modem, serielle Kommunikation (direkt oder über Telefon) und eine mächtige Skriptsprache für vorprogrammierten automatischen Betrieb aus. C-Kermit, Einführung und Referenz ist hierzu das umfassende Kompendium. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen ist es gleichzeitig für Anfänger und Experten geeignet. Ob unter Unix oder VMS, OpenVMS, OS/2, AOS/VS oder OS-9, auf Amiga oder ST: Auch gewiefteste Profis finden Rat."

MS-DOS Kermit

MS-DOS Kermit, full-featured communications software for IBM and compatible PCs with DOS or Windows 3.x, is documented in:

Christine M. Gianone, Using MS-DOS Kermit, Second Edition, Digital Press / Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 1992, 345 pages, ISBN 1-55558-082-3. Packaged with version 3.14 of MS-DOS Kermit for the IBM PC, PS/2, and compatibles on a 3.5-inch diskette. In computer and book stores, or order direct from Columbia University or from the publisher, Digital Press, from Barnes and Noble, from Amazon.Com, from Book Stacks Unlimited, or from The Internet Bookshop (UK),


A German-language edition is also available:

Christine M. Gianone, MS-DOS Kermit, das universelle Kommunikationsprogramm by Christine M. Gianone. Verlag Heinz Heise, Hannover, Germany (1991), 414 pages. Packaged with version 3.14 of MS-DOS Kermit for the IBM PC, PS/2, and compatibles on a 5.25-inch diskette, including German-language help files. Deutsch von Gisbert W. Selke. ISBN 3-88229-006-4. "Die schrittweise Einführung in die PC-Version des universellen Dateitransferprogramms. Christine M. Gianone öffnet das Tor zur Welt der Computer-Kommunikation. Neben der Kermit-Diskette, die dem Buch jeweils in der aktuellen Version beiliegt, braucht man nur noch Kabel und Modem, um Kontakt zu Mailboxen, Infosystemen oder Rechnernetzen aufzunehmen. MS-DOS-Kermit bietet Grafikfähigkeit, fehlersichere Datenübertragung, eine große Zahl internationaler Zeichensätze und vieles mehr. Es arbeitet über serielle Schnittstellen und TCP/IP-basierte Netze."

And a French-language edition:

Christine M. Gianone, Kermit MS-DOS mode d'emploi, Deuxieme edition, Heinz Schiefer & Cie., Versailles (1993), 406 pages. Packaged with version 3.11 of MS-DOS Kermit for the IBM PC, PS/2, and compatibles on a 5.25-inch diskette. Adaption francaise: Jean Dutertre. ISBN 2-901143-20-2. Available from Columbia University (Schiefer seems to have disappeared).

There is also a Japanese book about MS-DOS Kermit, concentrating on the NEC PC9801:

Hirofumi Fujii and Fukuko Yuasa, MS-Kermit Nyumon, Computer Today Library 6, Saiensu-Sha Co., Ltd., publishers (1993), 160 pages. ISBN 4-7819-0669-9 C3355 P1854E.

The Kermit File Transfer Protocol Specification

The Kermit File transfer protocol is specified in the following book, which also includes tutorials on computers, file systems, data communications, and using Kermit:

Frank da Cruz, Kermit, A File Transfer Protocol, Digital Press / Butterworth-Heinemann, Worburn, MA, 1987, 379 pages, ISBN 0-932376-88-6. In computer and book stores, or order direct from Columbia University, from Digital Press, from Barnes and Noble, from Amazon.Com, from Book Stacks Unlimited, or from The Internet Bookshop (UK). This book recently went out of print (after 15 years), but a few copies are still available from the Kermit Project and possibly from Amazon and the other sources. It should also be housed in most university libraries; if you need it for a school project, look it up in your library catalog.


To Order from Columbia University

To pay by check or to order by purchase order, please use the Kermit Software Catalog. Use this form to pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Return this form by e-mail to, by Fax to +1 212 662-6442, or by post to:
The Kermit Project
Columbia University
612 West 115th Street
New York NY 10025-7799 USA

[  ] Using MS-DOS Kermit  . . . . . . . . . $ 44.95
[  ] Kermit MS-DOS Mode d'Emploi  . . . . . $ 44.95
[  ] Using C-Kermit . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 49.95
[  ] Kermit, A File Transfer Protocol . . . $ 39.95
[  ] Any three  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 90.00

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From Digital Press:

In computer and book stores, or order on the Web direct from the publisher, DIGITAL PRESS / Butterworth-Heinemann with MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. You can also order from Digital Press by telephone at the following numbers (please have your credit card at hand when you call):

+1 800 366 2665 (Woburn, MA office for USA & Canada)
+1 617 928 2500 (from outide the USA and Canada)
+44 1865 888110 (Oxford, England office for UK/Europe)
+61 (0)3 9245 7111 (Melbourne, Victoria office for Australia)
+65 (0)9 441 2932 (Auckland office for New Zealand)
+27 (11) 7848619 (Sandton office for South Africa)
+91 11 3282580 (New Delhi office for India)
+55 (0)11 492-6997 (Brazil office for South America)

Other countries: please contact the nearest (stockholding) office above to place your order. Agents are also available in other countries, but do not hold stock so it is best to order from the numbers listed above.


German-Language Kermit Books

MS-DOS Kermit, das universelle Kommunikationsprogramm: DM 20,00
C-Kermit--Einführung und Referenz: . . . . . . . . . . DM 25,00
Verlag Heinz Heise GmbH & Co. KG
Helstorfer Straße 7
D-30625 Hannover, GERMANY
Tel. +49 (05 11) 53 52-0
Fax. +49 (05 11) 53 52-129

French-Language Kermit Books

Kermit MS-DOS Mode d'Emploi: . . . . . . . . . . . FF 495,00

Heinz Schiefer & Cie.
45 rue Henri de Régnier
F-78000 Versailles, FRANCE
Tel. +33 39 53 95 26
Fax. +33 39 02 39 71

Also available from Columbia University.

Japanese-Language Kermit Books

MS-Kermit Nyumon: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,800 Yen

Saiensu-Sha Co., Ltd.
Abe-toku Building
2-4 Kanda-suda cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 101, JAPAN
Tel. +81-3-3256-1091

Kermit Manuals / Columbia University / / 2 May 2001