The title says it all. Note that I'm using a non-US layout, Norwegian, so I can't create the Ctrl+] combination. I've found the trick before, but can't find it.

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    With french keyboard, on mac OsX, type ctrl + $ then type quit...
    – ling
    Apr 23 '14 at 5:18

Not sure what layout you have, but for me in Finnish layout it is Ctrl + å.

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    with Finnish layout and on Mac OS X it seems to be ctrl + ¨. Thanks for hinting me to right direction.
    – eis
    Oct 13 '15 at 7:58
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    with German layout and on Mac OS X it seems to be ctrl + ü
    – moudrick
    Mar 28 '16 at 9:34
  • Spanish layout: ctrl + '+' Dec 5 '16 at 17:52
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    Same for Swedish keyboard! Oct 19 '18 at 20:19
  • Same for Norwegian (CTRL+Å) Apr 4 '19 at 17:22

Type Ctrl+] to enter the telnet menu, then enter quit. For more commands, see man telnet.

Edit: Haven't noticed that you can't type Ctrl+], but I would be surprised if there isn't a way to type that with every keyboard. But you can change the escape character with the commandline option -e [char].


To make it more fun it depends on your layout a lot:

(Remember on a Mac Ctrl is your key)

  • Default: Ctrl+[
  • Dutch, Belgian: Ctrl+$
  • French: Ctrl+6
  • Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish: Ctrl+å
  • Swiss: Ctrl+¨
  • German: Ctrl+ü
  • Hungarian: Ctrl+5
  • Portuguese: Ctrl+´
  • Canadian French: Ctrl+ç

then enter quit.

For more commands, see man telnet.


You can also use the command "set escape" followed by any key you want to set the escape character.

example: telnet> set escape ctrlp


I often don't remember the key-sequences... except at the telnet prompt this sequence works: telnet> quit

followed by the return key.


With UK keyboard is Ctrl ] then Ctrl \

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