openarena — OpenArena client


openarena [-h|--help] [-q|--quiet] [+set option value]...


openarena is the client for the first-person shooter OpenArena.


The wrapper script used for OpenArena in Debian accepts these options:
-h, --help
Display a short help summary
-q, --quiet
Disable all output

Any console command can also be prefixed with + and used as a command-line option (press Shift+Esc to access the in-game console), including:

+set option value
Set an option (see below for some options)
+connect server[:port]
Connect to a server

Options that can be set with +set (note that this is not a full list!) include:

r_fullscreen <bool>
1: Play in fullscreen mode; 0: Play in window mode
r_mode <num>
Sets the screen resolution mode. Set num to -1 to use a customized resolution. See also r_customheight and r_customwidth!
r_customwidth <pixels>
Use pixels as width if r_mode is set to -1.
r_customheight <pixels>
Use pixels as height if r_mode is set to -1.


Configuration and state for OpenArena
Configuration and state for the "missionpack" mod


The wrapper script used to launch OpenArena allows it to be debugged by setting environment variables.
A debugger or other prefix to prepend to the OpenArena command line, such as strace; overridden by OPENARENA_BACKTRACE
Use gdb(1) to get a backtrace if OpenArena crashes (the gdb package must be installed for this to work)


OpenArena was written by the OpenArena Team. The engine used is a modified ioQuake3, originally created by id Software and now maintained by the ioQuake3 community.

This manual page was written by Bruno "Fuddl" Kleinert <> and Simon McVittie <>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).