Quake 4 Linux Installer

October 20th, 2005 by TimeDoctor

id‘s Timothee “Don’t bug TTimo!” Besset updated his .plan (finger with the news of Quake 4’s (’s review) Linux release:

Quake 4 for GNU/Linux is available now! The installer has been uploaded to our ftp and on the BitTorrent tracker.We’re very pleased to announce that this it with both a dedicated server and a native client.

A licensed copy of Quake 4 retail for Windows(r) is requiredYou will copy the assets files from it and use the CD key( a CD key is not required to run a dedicated server )


See the Quake4 GNU/Linux FAQ page [1] for all the details.


Quake 4 1.0.2147 Download: [ idsoftware FTP | BitTorrent | 3DDownloads | 3D Gamers | | | Fileshack | Filecloud ]

78 Responses to “Quake 4 Linux Installer”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    AFAIK quake4 is not out in europe until 21 Oct.
    Can anyone confirm this?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    But I give you one advice: buy the original version.
    afaik can’t you play with an german version on an non german server in MP!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Is it possible to use savegames from the Windows version? I get a segmentation fault when I try to load one.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It should be damn fast for everybody :)

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Shows one page, then the whole thing dies without much explanation, other than a segfault.

    Anyone else have this?

  6. Anonymous Says:

    You should mirror .torrent files instead of just linking to them… since I can’t get to I can’t download the .torrent… oh well I’ll check back later.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I have to say that save Savage and linux native games, this is probably the fastest linux installer release for a major game yet. Thinks Tim!

    Also, the game runs faster for me in linux than on windows with identical hardware/nvidia card. Pretty much like Doom3 with an alternative riff.

    And in regards to the crashing thing. I crashed on windows the first run. Found that it’ll crash if you don’t have your video drivers updated. And if you are using ATI, I don’t know. The game also uses OpenAL as an option on the sound side.

    Honestly, I’m this genre of game is getting a bit old for me. But since it’s linux native I’ll buy it anyway. Kinda sucks.. I buy every linux game but still just play Enemy Territory.

    One suggestion for ID software/Raven Tim. Could you mention to the web guy of Raven/ID/Whoever that he might consider forgoing shockwave and flash 8 on his main page for quake 4 and the doom movie. I realize it’s really neat and cool n shit for kids on AOL, but I can’t see shit on mozilla/linux. And I have the got damn money.

    There are better ways to cater to paying customers than to piss on them with macromedia. Just a offhand thought. Anyhow, thanks for all the fish. I’m buyin.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    “… for the German version of Quake 4 are below.
    Note that it will only work in multiplayer with other german copies of the game.”

    Restricting multiplayer to only people of one country seriously blows.
    FYI, I have the most fun playing RTCW on an UK server…
    Id please fix this.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Here’s what I see running ./quake4 from the prompt;

    ERROR: Couldn’t load default.cfg – Check your working folder.
    Unknown command ‘vid_restart’
    ————— BSE Shutdown —————-
    WARNING: rvServerScanGUI::Clear() – invalid scanGUI

    Sys_Error: Couldn’t load default.cfg – Check your working folder.


    Using ‘find -name default.cfg’ in the ~/quake4 directory comes up with no results.

  10. jonabbey Says:

    Hurray for Raven, they finally taped the flashlights onto the weapons.

    That alone makes Quake 4 about a thousand times more enjoyable than Doom 3.

    And, nice job on the port, Icculus. Ran smooth as silk as soon as I edited my ~/quake4/q4base/Quake4Config.cfg file to have

    seta s_driver “oss”


  11. kgroombr Says:

    Using gentoo unstable and I just played for a good two hours with no problems. Using the 7676 nVidia drivers on a BFG 6800 Ultra OC.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Anyone tried to run quake4 on amd64 ? I’ve slamd64, and quak4.x86 trlls me:

    ./quake4.x86: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    But i’ve it in /usr/lib64. I tried to do symlink to /usr/lib, but this didn’t help.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    I do not seem to be able to connect to Windows servers in multiplayer – anyone else have similar issues?

  14. Anonymous Says:

    What ports does Quake4 use for contactiong with ID’s servers cuz I think I must open some port for Q4 on my router. TIA

  15. Anonymous Says:

    ERROR: couldn’t find game dynamic library

    strace showed it wanted the q4base/
    Where is it?
    I copied the q4basee/ dir from the DVD, but it’s not there.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    The sound is all messed up, everything else seems to work once I switched video to 24 bit.

    I’m getting this error:
    idAudioHardwareALSA::Write: 4096 frames overflowed and dropped
    snd_pcm_writei short write: 940 out of 1024
    snd_pcm_writei short write: 940 out of 1024
    snd_pcm_writei short write: 940 out of 1024
    snd_pcm_writei short write: 940 out of 1024

    Any ideas?

  17. cgranade Says:

    Was wondering if anyone else had observed this problem: whenever Q4 exits, whether gracefully or in flames, it takes down the X server with it. Might be related to Xinerama, but there’s no relevant entry in either the Q4 logs or the Xorg logs that I can find.

  18. pug Says:

    Whatever I do, there’s no way I can bring up console in linux. I tried to disable the need for alt+ctrl (can’t remember the command right now though) and that didn’t work.

    Basically it seems like the key below ESC (e.g. tilde for US keyboards, ½ or § for Europeans) are… the same as mouse 3!

    If I try to bind the key it shows as mouse 3.. If I press it ingame, it does whatever I set mouse 3 to do..

    In Quake 3 under linux, I would do “Alt-GR + ^” which gives you ~ on my keyboard. Alas this doesn’t work in Quake 4.

    I hope someone reads this, cause not being able to bring up console is pretty damn frustrating!


  19. Anonymous Says:

    My Athlon 64 2800+, 1GB RAM and a NVidia GForceFX 5500 with 256MB is above the minimum requirements, but even with the lowest possible quality settings the game is slugish, unplayable. The same for Doom3.
    Guess I’ll have to buy a FX6600 if I want to play this.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Does anyone know of there is a demo of the Linux version?

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