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Listing available PC/SC terminals

In a followup to my post on the Dell embedded contactless smartcard reader, here are some simple methods you can use to list the available PC/SC terminals on your system.

Choose one of the following:

  1. Java (Windows + Linux):
    Make sure you have (Sun) Java 6 JDK installed
    (Note: Other JDKs might also work, but not all support the javax.smartcardio API)
    (On Linux distros you might have to do this to make it work)
    Compile and run the following little program:
    import javax.smartcardio.CardTerminal;
    import javax.smartcardio.TerminalFactory;
    * This program lists the available
    * PC/SC terminals on the current system
    public class PCSCTerminals {
        public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
            TerminalFactory factory = TerminalFactory.getDefault();
            for (CardTerminal terminal: factory.terminals().list()) {
                System.out.println("Terminal: " + terminal);

    Here’s the output when executed on my Dell Precision M6400:

    Terminal: PC/SC terminal Broadcom Corp Contacted SmartCard 0
    Terminal: PC/SC terminal Dell USB Reader 0

    That last terminal is the SIM card reader in the Dell WWAN 5530 HSDPA (“Turbo” 3G) card.

  3. Native Smartcard program (Windows):
    For example Scriptis EMV Explorer Tool
    This program is used to explore an EMV card (VISA, Mastercard etc smartcard), but can also be used to list PC/SC terminals.
  4. Mac ?