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From Wikipedia:TeamSpeak:

TeamSpeak is proprietary Voice over IP software that allows computer users to speak on a chat channel with fellow computer users, much like a telephone conference call.



Install the teamspeak3 package.


Install the teamspeak3-server package.

Server configuration and startup


  • You can configure the TeamSpeak server. If you are using systemd, please check /usr/share/doc/teamspeak3-server/doc/ for all available command line parameters.
  • If you possess a license file please copy it to /var/lib/teamspeak3-server/licensekey.dat.

First startup

With the first startup TeamSpeak creates the SQLite database at /var/lib/teamspeak3-server/ts3server.sqlitedb and starts logging its standard output in files in: /var/log/teamspeak3-server/. Teamspeak also creates the first ServerQuery administration account (the superuser) and the first virtual server including a privilege key for the server administrator of this virtual server. The privilege key is only displayed once on standard output.

  • Scan the output for the privilege key:
Example output:
● teamspeak3-server.service - TeamSpeak3 Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/teamspeak3-server.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2015-09-05 23:34:42 BST; 49min ago
 Main PID: 20126 (teamspeak3-serv)
   CGroup: /system.slice/teamspeak3-server.service
           └─20126 /usr/bin/teamspeak3-server logpath=/var/log/teamspeak3-server/ dbsqlpath=/usr/share/teamspeak3-server/sql/

Sep 05 23:34:45 Your-Hostname teamspeak3-server[20126]: serveradmin rights for your virtualserver. please
Sep 05 23:34:45 Your-Hostname teamspeak3-server[20126]: also check the doc/privilegekey_guide.txt for details.
Sep 05 23:34:45 Your-Hostname teamspeak3-server[20126]: token=lcUEBG5YVxnhzPcS5hAmOkW1Zb6KbTZbkntbPFca                                                     
Sep 05 23:34:45 Your-Hostname teamspeak3-server[20126]: ------------------------------------------------------------------
Sep 05 23:34:45 Your-Hostname teamspeak3-server[20126]: 2015-09-05 22:34:45.322567|INFO    |CIDRManager   |   | updated query_ip_whitelist ips:,
Sep 05 23:34:45 Your-Hostname teamspeak3-server[20126]: 2015-09-05 22:34:45.323806|INFO    |Query         |   | listening on
Sep 05 23:34:53 Your-Hostname systemd[1]: Started TeamSpeak3 Server.
  • The privilege key is what token is equal to.
  • Alternatively, you can navigate to the logs directory for teamspeak3-server and read the output log directly. (This is a persistent file and will still have the first startup output here even if you have restarted the server):
# cd /var/log/teamspeak3-server
# cat ts3server_*.log

Open up a Teamspeak 3 client, connect to the server and copy and paste the privilege key into the client popup.

Re-Initialising Teamspeak

If you have used the initial privilege key and have lost server permissions (e.g. your teamspeak 3 client with superadmin rights was uninstalled) you will have to start from scratch.

Warning: These steps delete your current configured TeamSpeak servers, your users, permissions and all settings.
  • Stop teamspeak3-server.service.
  • Remove /var/lib/teamspeak3-server/ts3server.sqlitedb:
    $ rm /var/lib/teamspeak3-server/ts3server.sqlitedb
  • Clear /var/log/teamspeak3-server/:
    # rm /var/log/teamspeak3-server/*.log
  • Now follow the same instructions for a first time setup.

Starting Teamspeak with disabled IPv6 stack

When booting your system with the ipv6.disable=1 kernel parameter to disable the IPv6 stack, Teamspeak will not be able to start with the default configuration. Edit /etc/teamspeak3-server.ini to change the listening IPs.

# query_ip=, ::

See also