How To Install TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, TeamSpeak is a VoIP (voice-over-Internet Protocol) solution first released in 2001 and most popular with those who play team-based online games. The software has two parts, a server, and a client, both of which can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the TeamSpeak Server on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Create a new user for TeamSpeak.

Now we need to create a new user on our server, this user will be used for the installation and running of TeamSpeak. This is done by executing the following command as root:

adduser --disabled-login teamspeak

Step 3. Installing a TeamSpeak server.

Next, you’ll need to install the TeamSpeak server, using the following command:

tar xvf teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-
cd teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64
cp * -R /home/teamspeak
cd ..
rm -rf teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64*
chown -R teamspeak:teamspeak /home/teamspeak

By default, the TeamSpeak server will not start when your system boots. You will need to create a startup script so that your system will automatically start the TeamSpeak server software on boot. This is where startup scripts can come in handy. Create the following file and open it in your text editor:

nano /lib/systemd/system/teamspeak.service

Copy the following content into the startup script file:

Description=Team Speak 3 Server

ExecStart=/home/teamspeak/ start inifile=ts3server.ini
ExecStop=/home/teamspeak/ stop


Now we will start the TeamSpeak server and enable it to start when your system boots:

systemctl --system daemon-reload
systemctl start teamspeak.service
systemctl enable teamspeak.service

Step 4. Configure Firewall for TeamSpeak.

Now our server installation is completed we can open the ports on our firewall. This can be done by executing the following command:

iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 9987 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --sport 9987 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 30033 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --sport 30033 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 10011 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --sport 10011 -j ACCEPT

And connect with our TeamSpeak Client. The first person to log on will be asked to provide a privilege key, and enter the one retrieved during the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed TeamSpeak Server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing TeamSpeak Server on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official TeamSpeak Server website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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