Getting started

Create a new session

Glink always enters the Sessions screen at startup. Tap the New configuration button to define a configuration for your host.

Give your new configuration a name and type the IP address of your host system. The IP address may be a numeric address of the form, or a symbolic name (such as If you need to connect to a port other than the default, this may be added to the end of the address, using a colon (:) to separate it from the rest of the address. For example, to connect to port 1311 you should specify or

If you are using the multi-emulation version of Glink, you can also choose terminal emulation and host communication protocol for the configuration in this screen. Tap Save when you are done. Repeat the process to configure more host systems. For IBM and VT hosts you may now be ready to go, and if you select the session in the sessions screen a connection attempt will be made. For Bull host systems and some IBM hosts you need to configure Ggate/TNVIP/TN3270/TN5250 protocol options before you can connect to your host system. Select the configuration and tap Menu > Settings to enter directly into the configuration menus. If you try to Connect to the selected configuration and the connection fails, then you have to go to Menu > Settings to correct or complete the connection parameters. This is also the place to go if you need to modify the IP address of your host system.

Start a session

Tap Menu > Sessions to see the list of available configurations. Tap the name of a configuration to select it and then the Connect icon. Glink will now return to the main screen and connect to the configured host. If there is a Connect macro defined in this configuration, it will be executed.

The session menu list is displayed when Glink is started. In the General options in the Action bar drop down menu in the main screen you can configure Glink to auto connect to the first session in the list instead.

To run multiple sessions, select New Glink window in the Action bar drop down menu in the main screen. If more than one session is configured, select the session to start.

Text size

The default value for a tablet device is to adjust the text size to match the screen size. In order to do that, the characters are stretched or squeezed.

The default value for a smaller device (phone) is to select a text size (font size) that is readable and in most cases suitable for the screen size.

Use zoom or scroll to see hidden parts of the display. The initial text size is set in Menu->Settings->Screen options->Font size.


Glink uses the standard on-screen keyboard. The keyboard is activated by tapping the keyboard icon next to the Menu button or the main screen close to the cursor position or an input field. In the latter case the cursor will be positioned in the tapped field. Tap the keyboard icon next to the Menu button or main screen outside input fields or on a different line than the cursor is positioned, to remove the keyboard. The keyboard can be configured to always be up in Menu > General options.

External keyboard

Glink support several keyboard shortcuts for function and control keys when using an external bluetooth keyboard, see Keyboard shortcuts for a list.

Device buttons and external keyboard buttons can also be remapped, select Settings->Keyboard and then see Keyboard mappings button.


The toolbar can be configured to show a single-line toolbar with a select button to step through the toolbar lines or as a multiline toolbar to show all the toolbar lines. Even when the multiline toolbar option is selected, Glink will in most cases use the single-line toolbar to save space when the keyboard is up. The default value for this option is to use multiline toolbar for the iPad and single-line for the iPhone.

The default toolbars differ from emulation to emulation, but in general there is one for cursor movements, one or two for function keys and one for other keys. All toolbars can be customized to your needs and you can add macros to all of them with your own text on the buttons. The toolbar area becomes horizontally scrollable if there are more buttons defined than can be displayed on the screen. Go to Menu > Settings > Toolbar setup to customize your toolbar, or to Menu > Settings > Screen options to change the setting of the Use multiline toolbar option.


Glink can be configured to create dynamic push buttons for screen text that refer to function keys, number options and URLs.

For example, if F1 is part of the screen text, it will be highlighted as a push button and the function F1 will be assigned to it and executed when tapped.

Likewise, if 1=Search is part of the screen text, the number 1 will be highlighted. When tapped, this number is added to the current cursor position and optionally followed by the Enter function to transmit it.


Long-tap a word to select it. Drag the set of bounding handles to highlight the text you want to copy. Tap Copy on the toolbar that appears. If more that one line is selected, tap Line/Block to switch between line and block mode selection.

Tap Paste on the toolbar that appears if you long-tap an input field.

The paste function may be added as a button to your toolbar.

Hyperlinks and mail addresses

If URLs or mail addresses are displayed, long-tap a hyperlink or mail address to bring up a popup menu. For URLs you may display the content in Glink or in a browser app. If a mail address is selected, you get the option to send a mail to the addressee.

Export and Import configurations

You can export your current set of configurations for back-up purposes or to share them with other users. The export function is an option in the action bar drop down menu. You will be asked if you want to include Connect macros before you are taken to the Send Mail function with your configurations attached to the message.

You can also export your configuration to the Download folder on your device from the Sessions menu. Glink will give you the full path to the exported file, for example /storage/emulated/0/Download/config.glinki. Now you can use a File manager to copy the file or copy the device to a personal computer and use it to copy the file from your device.

The configurations are sent as a file-attachment named config.glinki. This filename-extension is associated with Glink. This means that if you receive a Glink configurations file as an e-mail attachment and export it to the files system, you can import it into Glink by tapping the file. Glink will be started and inform you that you have received a new set of Glink configuration files. If you tap the Install button to install it, you will get a new set of configurations that will replace your current configurations. All your current configurations will be overwritten and lost.

You can also import a configuration that you have downloaded to the device from the Sessions menu, or use the Auto-import feature described in Glink MDM configuration parameters.

The export and import functions allow administrators to prepare and customize configurations for a large group of users and distribute the configurations.

MDM configuration support

If Glink is deployed by a mobile device management (MDM) system, the Glink configuration can be completely controlled by the MDM system, making Glink ready for use without any need for configuration by the end user.

See Glink MDM configuration parameters.

Proxy server

If the network connection to your host is unstable and there is a risk of loosing the connection to the host from time to time, you should consider running our GlinkProxy application on a server.

The GlinkProxy application runs on a Windows server that can be located near the host computer. It will allow the traffic from the mobile computers with Glink to be routed through the GlinkProxy server to the host. The GlinkProxy server will keep the connection to the host application even if the connection to the mobile computer is lost. When Glink re-connects, the session with the host application will resume as if the connection was not lost.

See GlinkProxy server.