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Unreal Tournament Server on FreeBSD

by Finn Espen Gundersen on October 19th, 2014

Unreal Tournament from 1999 (Game of the Year – GOTY – Edition) is now 15 years old and still a great multiplayer game, especially at LAN parties. It is free to download so you can share this gem with anyone. If you play it regularly you will want to host a server.

This guide for FreeBSD closely follows the Linux guide, but as always FreeBSD needs a couple of adjustments.

First of all make a new user with adduser. All default settings, I call mine ut99.

You will also need the files as well as the patch from v436 to v451 (to get functioning web admin).

tar xfz ut-server-436.tar.gz
cd ut-server
tar xfj UTPGPatch451LINUX.tar.tar
tar xfz asu-0.6.tar.gz
chmod +x
cd System
ln -s

For some reason (Linux…) the first line of specifies sh, but the script later tests for bash. We need to install bash if you don’t already have it

pkg install bash

then change the first line to


Now run to set some options. First choose I, answer the prompts, then S for more prompts, then X to exit. Default options are ok; just remember to enter the user you added when prompted for it. Whatever you enter here can be changed later in System/UnrealTournament.ini. creates a script ucc.init which we will use to run the server. But before anything will run we need to

chmod +x ucc.init
chmod +x ucc
cd ..
chown -R ut99 ut-server

If you already have Linux compatibility installed, you are good to go. But if not, you will get ELF binary type “3” not known, which means:

kldload linux
pkg install linux_base-f10
echo 'linux_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

At last, start the server with

./ucc.init start

If you want to move the server files later, note that ucc.init contains the absolute path two places. These will need to be updated.

Even though the server starts we are not done yet. Some of the maps in the Maps directory are zero-length files. These must be copied from the original game download. Most commonly these are DM-Morbias][.unr, DM-Curse][.unr and DM-Deck16][.unr.

If you want to make the server available from the internet, the ports to be NATed are 7777-7783 (UDP) as well as the web admin port, most commonly 5580 (TCP). The web admin port can be set in UnrealTournament.ini. Make sure to set the web admin username and password there as well.


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