Mini-DIN connector

The mini-DIN connectors are a family of multi-pin electrical connectors used in a variety of applications. Mini-DIN is similar to the larger, older DIN connector. Both are standards of the Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German standards body.

The color-coded PS/2 connection ports (purple for keyboards and green for mice) on the rear of a personal computer.
PS/2 socket pin numbering. Note that the male plug numbering is a mirror image, with numbers going from left to right.
An S-video connector. Because this is a female connector, Pin 1 is at lower right.

Mini-DIN connectors are 9.5 mm in diameter and come in seven patterns, with the number of pins from three to nine. Each pattern is keyed in such a way that a plug with one pattern cannot be mated with any socket of another pattern. An important aspect of why each of these 7 mini-DIN connectors are official standards is because they are each drastically different from the other, with no simultaneously and directly overlapping similarities in (1) pin arrangement, (2) square key size and position, (3) circular shielding metal skirt notches and metallic additions - unlike the nonstandard mini-DIN connectors which may have directly overlapping characteristics to each other or to the standard mini-DIN connectors.

(The plug or male connectors shown, as visible when unplugged looking into the connector.)

The pin numbering for the plugs shown above is done left to right, bottom row to top row. Pin 1 will be on the lower left, and the highest pin number will be on the upper right.

Notable usage

Some notable examples of standard mini-DIN connectors include:

Non-standard connectors

A non-standard 7-pin variant of a MiniDIN-4 connector.

Several non-standard sockets are designed to mate with standard mini-DIN plugs. These connectors provide extra conductors, and are used to save space by combining functions in one connector that would otherwise require two standard connectors.

Other non-standard connectors mate only with their matching connectors, and are mini-DIN connectors only in the sense of sharing the 9.5 mm plug body. These mini-DIN style plugs are not approved by the Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German standards body, and many applications could be considered proprietary.

(The plug or male connector are shown, as visible when unplugged; female sockets are mirror images.)

Other non-standard connectors

See also


  1. Stokely, Celeste (2005). "Serial Port & Cable Pinouts". Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  2. "Mini DIN-8: Serial pinouts for Hayes modems". Feb 19, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
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