goSerial 0.3

An application that allows users to easily connect serial devices to their Mac.
4.9  (99 votes)
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goSerial offers a lightweight environment that facilitates the connection and monitoring of serial devices attached to Mac systems. While USB has become more popular than the serial port, Mac offers little support to users who still stick with their old serial powered devices. With goSerial, you may connect to a wide range of peripherals, transfer data and automate tasks with the help of scripts.

The application does require a bit of know-how and goSerial does not offer much to help. The utility allows users to choose the appropriate serial port, speed in bps, data bits, parity, stop bits, input and output types, yet, as previously mentioned, additional knowledge about serial connection settings is required.

Logging may be enabled in order to keep track of characters and data transmitted in either binary or XML format.

Users can change the appearance of the interface by selecting a font, background, text and color values.

goSerial's main purpose is to make serial connectivity as easy as possible. That is why it offers automatic serial port detection and task automation through the use of scripts. However, without a user guide or tutorial, a novice user is going to have difficulty working out the program's functionality.

Rory Shaffer
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Review summary


  • Automatically detects serial devices connected
  • Supports multiple connections
  • Session based with hotkey triggers


  • Poor help
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