Running a dedicated Quake III Arena server on Raspberry Pi with Docker

Quake III Arena, almost 20 years old by now but still an absolute classic! I would dear to say it's probably one of the best (FPS) multiplayer games ever made šŸ¤©. We used to play it sometimes at school during lunch breaks in the computer classroom, very nostalgic feelings šŸ„ŗ.

So, if you're also starting to feel a bit nostalgic... It's super easy to run your own Quake III Arena server! No installing of packages and trial & error compiling for hours. Thanks to Docker you'll be up and running in just a couple of minutes! (I am assuming you haveĀ docker installedĀ though)


There's actually not really any installation at all, you just need to copy a few files. For your convenience I've madeĀ a script that does that for you, run the following command and you're good to go! If you still want to customize some server settings, edit the ./quake3/server.cfg file after the script finished.

curl -sSL | sh


cd ./quake3
docker-compose up -d



It runs without any issues and uses about 30MB memory and +-20% CPU on average (on model 3B+).


I'm using theĀ ioquake3 clientĀ for macOS and on Windows the Steam version. But ioquake3 is available for any platform, you just need theĀ pak0.pk3 file. That's it, kick some ass šŸŽ®!