Getting started

Create a new session

Glink displays the Sessions screen at startup. Tap the New configuration button to set up a configuration for your host application.

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, add the port number 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, choose the terminal emulation and the host communication protocol to use. Tap Save when you are done.

More configuration options are available. In the Session screen, select the detail icon at the right of the session name in the session list, or in the main Glink screen, select Menu->Setting.

Start a session

In the session screen, tap the name of a configuration. Glink displays the main screen and connects to the configured host. If a Connect macro is defined for this session, it will be executed.

To run multiple sessions, tap the New session button to enter New session mode. In the Connect to list, tap a configuration name to start another session.

Switching session

If you have started more than one session, the session switch icon (multiple screens) is displayed at the top bar, next to the keyboard icon. Tap this icon to see a list of active sessions. The current session has a check mark. The icon to the left of the name of the session shows the connection state, green for connected and red for disconnected. Tap a session name to switch to it.

You can also switch session by tapping a name in the Sessions started list in Menu-> Sessions screen.

Zoom and font size

Use two fingers to zoom in and out and one finger to scroll/move the screen. In Menu-> Settings-> Screen options you can change the initial Font size and Font style, Cursor type and configure 3D effect for input fields.


Glink uses the standard iOS keyboard. The keyboard is displayed by tapping the keyboard icon or tapping an input field. In the latter case, the cursor is placed in the input field. To remove the keyboard, either tap the keyboard icon or tap the screen outside any input fields.

External keyboard

When using an external keyboard, set the option Menu-> General options-> Keyboard up on. Glink will then be ready for keyboard input when connected to a host application (otherwise you have to tap at an input field first).

Glink support a number of keyboard shortcuts for function and control keys. To display a list of these shortcuts, press and hold the cmd key until the list is displayed. See also: Keyboard shortcuts


The toolbar at the button of the Glink screens contains function keys, arrow keys, tab keys, macros and other control keys. It can be configured to include just the function and control keys needed for a given host application. User defined macros can be added.

The toolbar is displayed either as a single-line toolbar with a switch button to let you step through the toolbar lines, or as a multiline toolbar where all the toolbar lines listed. In default mode, Glink switches between single line and multiline toolbar depending on how much space is available. For example, when keyboard is up in landscape, single line toolbar is displayed by default.

The toolbar is horizontally scrollable if more buttons are defined on a toolbar line than can be displayed.

Go to Menu-> Settings-> Toolbar setup to customize the toolbar or the button size, or to Menu-> Settings-> Screen options to change the setting of the Use multiline toolbar option.

The toolbar can be hidden with the hide/show icon at the top of the Glink screen.


Glink can be configured to create dynamic push buttons for screen text that refer to function keys, option numbers 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.


Tap and hold to bring up a copy/paste popup menu. Tap and hold a word to select and copy a word, tap and hold the empty space area in front of the word to select and copy the rest of the line. Tap and hold an input field to paste to or copy from this field. To clear the clipboard, tap and hold an area of the screen where the rest of the line is empty.

In the Scrollback buffer, you can select and copy text in the same way as you for example do in the Safari browser.

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

Hyperlinks and mail addresses

If hyperlinks or mail addresses is displayed, press and hold a hyperlink or mail address to bring up a popup menu. For hyperlinks you may display the content within a web view in Glink or in a separate 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 configurations for back-up purposes or share them with other users. The export configuration function is found in the main Glink 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.

The configurations are sent as a file-attachment named, where xxx is either glinki, glink5250, glink3270 or glinkvt; depending on the App you are using. These filename-extensions are associated with Glink when you install Glink. This means that if you receive a Glink configurations file as an e-mail attachment or download it from a web page, you can import it into Glink by tapping it. 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.

The export and import functions allow administrators to prepare and customize configurations for a large group of users and distribute the configurations by e-mail, web-page, dropbox, sky-drive and other utilities that can receive files on the IOS device.

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.


In the main screen Glink recognizes the following gestures: