openarena-server — OpenArena dedicated server


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


openarena-server is the dedicated server 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 (run the server in a terminal to use the console). The +set command is generally the most useful to use on the command line.

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

capturelimit <value>

dedicated <bool>

fraglimit <value>

fs_basepath <string>

fs_game <value>

g_allowVote <bool>

g_banIPs <IP address>

g_doWarmup <bool>

g_friendlyFire <bool>

g_gametype <bool>

g_gravity <value>

g_inactivity <value>

g_maxGameClients <value>

g_motd <string>

g_needpass <bool>

g_password <string>

g_quadfactor <value>

g_weaponrespawn <value>

net_ip <IP adress>

net_port <value>

net_qport <value>

nextmap <string>

sv_allowDownload <bool>

sv_floodProtect <bool>

sv_fps <value>

sv_hostname <string>

sv_maxclients <value>

sv_maxPing <value> (Measurd in milliseconds)

sv_minPing <value> (Measurd in milliseconds)

sv_pure <bool>

timelimit <value> (Measured in minutes)


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).