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quake - classic first person shooter

QUAKE(6) Games Manual QUAKE(6)


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 is quake-armagon or quake-dissolution, 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 is quake-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.
Prepend a debugger or other prefix (such as strace) to the engine command line
Use gdb(1) to get a backtrace if the engine crashes (the gdb package must be installed)


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


quake-server(6), quakespasm(6), game-data-packager(6).


This manual page, and the Quake wrapper script, were written by David Banks <>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others). The package was based on the quake3 package by Simon McVittie.
2016-01-16 Debian Sid