quake — classic first person shooter




This manual page documents briefly the quake command.

Quake is a popular first-person shooter game that appeared in 1996, released by iD Software. This wrapper script will launch the Quake engine. The game data needs to be installed independently using the 'game-data-packager' program, and by default it will be looked for at /usr/share/games/quake.

This wrapper script accepts the two common GNU-style options to get information on the program. Any further arguments are passed to the engine unmodified. Consult the engine documentation for full details, but most engines support a syntax whereby engine switches are prefixed with a minus sign, and you can give console commands by prefixing with a plus sign. See the examples section for some common cases.

Additionally, if quake is run via a symbolic link whose name contains armagon, hipnotic, dissolution or rogue, it will play one of the Quake mission packs, Scourge of Armagon (by Hipnotic Software) or Dissolution of Eternity (by Rogue Entertainment). Similarly, if run via a symbolic link whose name contains dopa it will play Quake Episode 5: Dimensions of the Past (by MachineGames). This requires that additional data files are installed.


These options are accepted for WRAPPER-OPTIONS in the synopsis.
-h, --help
Show summary of options.
-v, --version
Show version of program.


These are all engine dependent.
Play the Zerstoerer mod:
quake -game zer
Play a specific map using the Drake expansion:
quake -game drake +map sludge1
Connect to a server for multiplayer:
quake +connect dm.quakeone.net:27000


This manual page, and the Quake wrapper script, were written by David Banks <amoebae@gmail.com>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others). The package was based on the quake3 package by Simon McVittie.