Raspberry Pi: serial terminal setup

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Serial terminal setup
Serial cable

We need a FTDI USB-cable, e.g. such one.

Connect the cable to Raspberry Pi GPIO connector.

Disclaimer: I’ll take no responsibility for the correctness of the wiring information below and potential damage of your hardware. Please re-check the wiring.

  • RxD (green wire) – pin 10
  • TxD (white wire) – pin 8
  • Ground (black wire) – pin 6
  • Power (red wire) – pin 4, connect only if you want to power your Raspberry Pi via the serial cable, otherwise – leave unconnected


One of the options is the Screen Shell Session ManagerĀ  as described on Intel’s Set up a serial terminal page:

$ sudo apt-get install screen
$ sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200

Other option is Putty, install and configure as shown below:

$ sudo apt-get install putty


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