pioneers — network implementation of Settlers of Catan


pioneers [ --server server ] [ --port port ] [ --name name ]


This manual page documents briefly the pioneers command.

Pioneers is an implementation of the popular, award-winning "Settlers of Catan" board game for the GNOME desktop environment. It uses a client/server model for networked play of between two and eight players. You will need to connect to a machine running either pioneers-server-gtk or pioneers-server-console to play. An AI client, pioneersai, is also available.


Pioneers accepts the standard GTK+/GNOME commandline options, and the following options:
-s, --server server
Hostname of the server
-p, --port port
Portname of the server
-n, --name name
Use this name for the player instead of the name in the settings file
-v, --spectator
Connect as spectator instead of as a player
-m, --metaserver metaserver
Connect to this metaserver instead of the metaserver in the settings file
Turn on debugging mode
Show the version and quit

When the server and port are both provided, the client automatically quits when the connection is broken.


The default settings can be influenced with the following environment variable:
The hostname of the metaserver. If it is not set, the default metaserver will be used.


Themes for display of the map. Each theme goes in a separate subdirectory.
Main icon
Saved settings
Personal themes


This manual page was written by Steve Langasek <>, and updated by Roland Clobus <>. Pioneers was written by Dave Cole <>, Andy Heroff <>, and Roman Hodek <>, with contributions from many other developers on the Internet; see the AUTHORS file in the pioneers distribution for a complete list of contributing authors.