Welly BBS 17+

Telnet/SSH/WebSocket BBS term

Yang Tang

    • 4.6 • 19 Ratings
    • Free



Welly is a client for terminal BBS (Bulletin Board Systems), such as MITBBS, NewSMTH, PTT, and zixia BBS. It supports Telnet, SSH (Version 1 & 2), and WebSocket.

Welly is optimized for both Macs with Apple silicon and Intel-based Macs.

Compared with generic terminal emulators, Welly has many features specially designed for BBS.

- You can browse the BBS using the mouse or the touchpad with gestures.
- You can select and copy the text in normal mode or rectangle mode.
- You can take a screenshot of the current page, or download articles in full text.
- You can choose your color palette or use a transparent background.
- You can customize fonts for English and Chinese separately.
- Welly renders fonts smoothly and seamlessly for ASCII art.
- Welly has anti-idle support so that you won't be logged out due to inactivity.
- Welly supports macOS native full-screen mode and Dark Mode.
- Welly supports the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.
- Welly can show hidden texts, such as black text on a black background.
- Welly can tell you where an IP address resides.

- You can write articles in rich text, which supports colors, spell-checking, and undo/redo operations.
- If you paste some rich text, Welly can automatically wrap long lines or convert the colors to ANSI escape sequences, so you don't have to memorize them.
- Welly can warn you if you accidentally hit "paste" while not in the composing screen.
- You can save and reuse your favorite emoticons.

- You can preview images within Welly, which also shows the EXIF information.
- You can open attachments and URLs using keyboard shortcuts.

In-BBS messaging:
- Welly notifies you about incoming messages in the macOS notification center.
- Welly can automatically reply to messages while you are idle.

- You can save your password or SSH private key for automatic login.
- You can use HTTP, HTTPS, or SOCKS proxy servers.

Note: Welly is a third-party client that conforms to standard network protocols. Welly is not related to any BBS site.

What’s New

Version 2023.1

- Support for macOS Sonoma.
- Bug fixes and user experience improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Lurker518 ,

Need customized text lines and columns.

Now it's limited to 80x25.
It's better to allow users to change it, just like sterm.

Monkstery ,

Best BBS term client forever

Thank you for your work.

FedUpWithLiars ,

Looks great, then crashes.

One problem is inability to resize window. The other problem is it just crashes a lot.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your comment. Please use ⌘- and ⌘= to resize the window. If you need additional help, please create an issue at https://wellybbs.com/support/. Thank you very much!

App Privacy

The developer, Yang Tang, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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