Sys Admin Guide

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So, You've Decided to Start a Quake 3: Arena Server.

This guide will help you get started.

You will need a legitimate copy of Quake 3: Arena. It is currently only available through Steam on Windows or if you'd like it on-disc second-hand markets like Ebay may have copies.

Once you have the game downloaded, copy pak0.pk3 to your server's baseq3 directory.


  1. Create a new user for your ioquake3 server to run as. You can usually use the command sudo adduser ioq3srv for example to add a new user named ioq3srv
  2. Switch to the new user su - ioq3srv
  3. Download wget
  4. Install any pre-requisites according to your distribution documentation. If you run into trouble here, please ask for help on our forums after attempting the next command and saving the output to pastebin
  5. sh
  6. Copy pak0.pk3 from your purchased copy of Quake 3: Arena to the baseq3 sub-directory of ioquake3
  7. Download wget
  8. Type screen and then sh You can leave the screen at any time by pressing Ctrl+a then d, and then get access to your running server again by typing screen -drU
  9. You're ready to go, just type map q3dm17 in your new server's console.

Mac OS X