The following instructions will assist with installing and configuring FlexTerm for first time use:

System Requirements
Ensure the PC where you are installing FlexTerm meets the minimum System Requirements.

FlexTerm is delivered as a self-extracting zipped executable (*.exe) file and is available as a 32-bit or 64-bit installer.

Follow the steps below to install FlexTerm:

  1. Run the downloaded EXE file, which will launch the FlexTerm setup wizard.
  2. Press Next to continue:

  3. Review and accept the license agreement terms by checking the box and pressing Next:

  4. Enter your User Name, Organization and License Code then press Next:

Note: if you are installing FlexTerm for the first time for evaluation purposes, leave the License Code field blank to automatically enable a 30-day trial. The trial is a full working version of the FlexTerm software, intended for you to test all features and functionality on a Windows Desktop operating system.

If your intention is to test the software in a Windows Server environment, you must contact the FlexSoftware Sales team to acquire a server-based license code at 800-835-3975 ext. 1, or  Failure to do so will result in an error indicating an invalid license code.

  1. Press Next to accept the default location for the FlexTerm application and user data directories, or optionally Browse for an alternate location:

  2. Press Install to begin the installation:

Create your first FlexTerm Workspace and Host Session

  1. From the Windows Start button, locate the FlexTerm program group, press to expand, then select the FlexTerm application to start.
  2. The first time you start FlexTerm, you will be presented with the New Session Wizard dialog, which will guide you through the process.
  3. First choose the type of host you will be connecting to, either IBM AS/400, IBM Mainframe or VAX/VMS/Unix System and press Next.
  4. Enter the Host Name or IP Address and TCP port for the host you are connecting to.
  5. If VAX/VMS/Unix System was selected in step 3, you will also want to select the appropriate Operating Mode to match the host system.
  6. If necessary, enable encryption and any optional parameters and press Next.
  7. Review the Configuration summary, then press Finish to save your settings and connect the session with the host, or optionally press Setup to further customize the session.

Note: the above procedure will automatically create the default workspace file named and a default session named Flex.aha. Subsequent launches of the FlexTerm application will, by default, open the workspace with the Flex.aha session inside.

Starting FlexTerm Sessions

Any of the following methods may be used to start a FlexTerm workspace, containing one or more sessions:

Windows Start Menu
From the Windows Start button, locate the FlexTerm program group, press to expand, then select the FlexTerm application to start. This will automatically start the default FlexTerm workspace file named and any sessions configured to open within the workspace.

Windows Explorer
Navigate to the FlexTerm install folder, which by default is C:\Program Files\FlexSoftware\FlexTerm\. Double-click the file Flex.exe.

Specific Workspace
Once you have one or more FlexTerm workspace files created, with one or more sessions configured, you may open these directly by double-clicking the workspace file name, for example

Save Workspace Shortcut to Desktop
Use the File >Save Workspace>Save Workspace Shortcut to Desktop menu command to create a shortcut for the current FlexTerm workspace.

Multiple FlexTerm Sessions
After you have created you first FlexTerm workspace, additional sessions may be added using one of the methods below:

File>New Session
This menu command will prompt the user for the name of a new session, or an already configured session to add. Either type the name of a new session to create/configure, or choose from the list of existing sessions.

Note: only one instance of a session may be added to a workspace. If you select a session that is already a member of the workspace, that session will be given focus within the workspace. If the desired outcome is to have multiple sessions to the same host, simply create a new session using the same connection parameters, then add to the workspace.

Add Session  Button
Once two or more sessions have been added to a workspace, the sessions will appear as tabs along the top of the session window. The Add Session button will display to the right of the session tabs and serves the same purpose as the File>New Session menu command.