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 Upixels as width if r_mode is set to -1.

r_customheight <pixels>

Use Upixels 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)

RELATED TO openarena…

openarena-server(6), ioquake3(6), /usr/share/doc/openarena


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 <[email protected]> and Simon McVittie <[email protected]>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).