OpenRA is a popular open-source game engine that enables you to play classic real-time strategy (RTS) games like Command & Conquer. Setting up your own OpenRA game server on Debian 12 allows you to enjoy these timeless games with friends or the gaming community. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of hosting an OpenRA game server on a Debian 12 system.
Before getting started, make sure you have the following:
- A Debian 12 server with root or sudo privileges.
- Basic familiarity with the Linux command line.
Step 1: Update Your System:
Begin by updating your Debian system’s package list and upgrading the installed packages to their latest versions:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2: Install OpenRA:
OpenRA provides official packages for Debian-based systems. You can install OpenRA with the following command:
sudo apt install openra
Step 3: Configure Your OpenRA Game:
Prior to launching the server, you must configure your specific OpenRA game. OpenRA supports various mods, including “d2k” (Dune 2000), “ra” (Command & Conquer: Red Alert), and “cnc” (Command & Conquer).
For instance, to configure a Red Alert game, use this command:
Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your game settings.
Step 4: Start the OpenRA Server:
To initiate your OpenRA server, execute the following command:
Replace “Red-Alert” with the name of the mod you wish to use.
Step 5: Port Forwarding (if required):
If you’re hosting the server behind a router or firewall, you may need to configure port forwarding to permit external connections to your server. OpenRA’s default port is 1234.
Step 6: Share Your Server Information:
Once your server is operational, share its details (IP address and port number) with your friends or community members to allow them to connect.
Step 7: Monitor and Administer:
You can monitor and administer your OpenRA server using the OpenRA.Server tool. Access it with the following command:
This utility enables you to manage players, map rotations, and other server-related configurations.
Step 8: Stopping the Server:
When you’re finished hosting your OpenRA server, use the following command to shut it down:
Ensure that you replace “Red-Alert” with the name of your mod if necessary.
You have successfully hosted an OpenRA game server on your Debian 12 system. Players can now join your server to relish classic RTS games together. Feel free to customize server settings, mods, and maps according to your preferences and those of your gaming community. Have an enjoyable gaming experience!