How to Make a TeamSpeak Server: For Linux, Windows, macOS + Pointing Domain to the Server

How to Make a TeamSpeak Server: For Linux, Windows, macOS + Pointing Domain to the Server

TeamSpeak 3 is a voice-over-internet protocol application that lets users communicate and collaborate using voice in real-time. It’s a reliable and lightweight tool with unique features, such as AES-256 encryption, minimal latency, and high audio quality.

People use the TeamSpeak VoIP application for various purposes. Usually, it’s used as a gaming-oriented communication app, where users are able to use voice chat while playing games to communicate and coordinate with their friends.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a TeamSpeak server on the most popular systems, Linux VPS, Windows, or macOS.

How to Make a TeamSpeak 3 Server on Linux

To begin, let’s set up a TeamSpeak server on Linux VPS running the Ubuntu 20.04 operating system.

Start the process by accessing your VPS via SSH. This procedure can be broken down into six simple steps:

  1. Create a new user in the system.
  2. Using the wget command, download and extract the TeamSpeak server.
  3. Accept the TeamSpeak 3 license agreement.
  4. Instruct the TeamSpeak server to start when the system boots up.
  5. Get the privilege key.
  6. Connect via the TeamSpeak client.

Before continuing, check if your system is up-to-date by entering the following command into the terminal:

sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

1. Create a New System User

First of all, add a new user by executing the following command:

adduser --disabled-login teamspeak

You will be requested to enter personal user details and confirm the information is correct. Keep in mind that all fields can be left blank.

Terminal window showcasing a new user creation on Ubuntu 20.04 virtual server

Switch to the newly created user:

sudo su teamspeak

Pro Tip


If you end up in the root directory after running the sudo su teamspeak command, use cd .. before running the command again.

Lastly, navigate to the home directory:

cd /home/teamspeak

2. Download and Extract TeamSpeak 3 Server

Next, use the download link to get the latest TeamSpeak server software. Choose the 64-bit version. We recommend using the wget command to download TeamSpeak software directly to the VPS:

wget https://files.teamspeak-services.com/releases/server/3.13.7/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.7.tar.bz2

Once finished, extract the file:

tar xvf teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.7.tar.bz2

All of the contents will appear in the teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64 folder. We can then safely remove the unnecessary archive:

rm teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.7.tar.bz2

Check your TeamSpeak software version and enter the commands accordingly. If you enter an incorrect version number, TeamSpeak will simply not run.

Execute the ls command. You should see an output similar to the example below:

The output of an ls command on a Linux VPS. It shows all files and directories inside newly downloaded TeamSpeak server files

3. Accept the TeamSpeak 3 License Agreement

Since the release of TeamSpeak server version 3.1.0, it’s mandatory to accept the license agreement. The quickest way to do that is by running the following command. However, make sure you are in the teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64 directory first:

touch .ts3server_license_accepted

This will create a new empty file called .ts3server_license_accepted, meaning you have accepted the license terms.

4. Start the TeamSpeak Server on Startup

Now, it’s time to set up the TeamSpeak server to start when the server boots up. We will need to create a file called teamspeak.service in the /lib/systemd/system directory. Use the following command to switch to the root user:

su -

Then, create a new empty file using the preferred text editor. We will use nano in our example:

sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/teamspeak.service

Here’s an example of what the file should consist of:

[Unit]
Description=TeamSpeak 3 Server
After=network.target
[Service]
WorkingDirectory=/home/teamspeak/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64
User=teamspeak
Group=teamspeak
Type=forking
ExecStart=/home/teamspeak/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64/ts3server_startscript.sh start inifile=ts3server.ini
ExecStop=/home/teamspeak/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64/ts3server_startscript.sh stop
PIDFile=/home/teamspeak/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64/ts3server.pid
RestartSec=15
Restart=always
[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Paste the content into the newly created file and save it. Next, we will activate the script for TeamSpeak Server to start on server startup:

systemctl enable teamspeak.service
systemctl start teamspeak.service

To double-check the script was added successfully, run the following command:

systemctl | grep teamspeak.service

If the TS 3 server is running correctly, you should see the following result:

Terminal window showcasing output of systemctl command

You may also obtain a detailed TeamSpeak server status report by executing this command:

service teamspeak status

The output of a service command on Linux VPS. It shows that TeamSpeak service is up and running

5. Retrieve the Privilege Key

While the TeamSpeak server is now running, you still need the privilege key. You will need to paste it when connecting to the server for the first time. First, switch to the teamspeak user:

sudo su teamspeak

Then, view the privilege key using the following command:

cat /home/teamspeak/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64/logs/ts3server_*

Find the ServerAdmin line and copy the token. It will look something like this:

ServerAdmin privilege key created, please use the line below
token=ZyQqAIGrZyQqAIGrZyQqAIGrZyQqAIGrZyQqAIGr

6. Connect via the TeamSpeak Client

The last step is to connect to the newly created TS3 server and apply the privilege key. Use the server address of your dedicated VPS when connecting.

TeamSpeak client connect window. Users need to enter their server details and press connect

You will be immediately prompted to enter the server admin token:

TeamSpeak client window showcasing server admin token prompt. With server admin token server will know who to assign as main administrator in the server

Great work – you have successfully created and connected to a TeamSpeak server on the Ubuntu 20.04 operating system.

The main TeamSpeak client window when a user connects to a server

How to Make a TeamSpeak Server on Windows

Setting up a TeamSpeak server on Windows is easy. In fact, it can be done in three easy steps:

  1. Download and extract the TeamSpeak server from their website
  2. Initiate the TeamSpeak server installation
  3. Use the TeamSpeak client to connect

Let’s start with the TeamSpeak server.

1. Download and Extract the TeamSpeak Server

First of all, download the TeamSpeak server files for Windows. Then, extract it in the desired location.

2. Run the TeamSpeak Server Installer

Open the extracted TeamSpeak server files and run the ts3server.exe executable file.

You will be prompted to accept the license agreement and asked if the Windows firewall should safelist the software. After that, you will receive your login name, server password, API key, and server admin token. Copy all four values to an empty .txt file for later use.

TeamSpeak server software setup on Windows machine. It provides the user with login credentials and server admin key

3. Connect via the TeamSpeak Client

Once the installation process is finished, the last step is connecting to the TS3 server.

Download the TeamSpeak client from the official website and run the .exe installer.

Next, open the client and go to Connections -> Connect.

In case you’re not sure what IP address to use for connecting, open the Command Prompt and execute the following:

ipconfig

Look for the IPv4 Address value, as we will use it when connecting.

Command-prompt showcasing output of the ipconfig command

Lastly, you will need to paste the privilege key to gain admin rights.

TeamSpeak client window asking for admin token. After it's provided user will gain admin access to the server

That’s it – you have successfully set up a TeamSpeak server on Windows.

How to Make a TeamSpeak Server on macOS

Making a TeamSpeak 3 server on the macOS operating system is also possible. The whole setup can be completed in four simple steps:

  1. Download and extract the TeamSpeak server
  2. Accept the license agreement for TeamSpeak 3
  3. Launch the TeamSpeak server and obtain your privilege key
  4. Use the TeamSpeak 3 client to connect

Let’s proceed with the steps.

1. Download and Extract the TeamSpeak Server

Start by downloading the TeamSpeak server software setup file for Mac. Once finished, double-click to extract it.

2. Accept the TeamSpeak 3 License Agreement

Open the terminal and execute the following command to accept the license agreement:

macOS window showing all the right-click options for a file or folder. Border indicates a button to create a new terminal window for a folder that the user is currently in
touch .ts3server_license_accepted

3. Start the TeamSpeak Server and Retrieve Your Privilege Key

Start the server by entering the following:

./ts3server

If you get a warning about TeamSpeak not being recognized as an identified developer, make sure to override the security settings in System Preferences temporarily.

Wait a few moments for the process to finish. You will receive your privilege key:

Terminal output with server token for TeamSpeak server

4. Connect via the TeamSpeak Client

You’re now ready to use the TeamSpeak server. When connecting, use the IP shown in the System Preferences -> Network section. You might have to override your security settings once more to launch the TeamSpeak application.

TeamSpeak client window used to connect to a server

Don’t forget to paste the privilege key to gain server admin rights.

TeamSpeak client window asking to enter the admin token

Congratulations, you have created a TeamSpeak server and connected to it on macOS operating system.

How to Point a Domain to a TeamSpeak Server

This section will teach you how to point your existing domain to the TeamSpeak server you created.

This will make the process of logging into the server easier because you won’t have to remember the IP address and port combination – just the domain name.

Before proceeding with the next step, go to the DNS Zone Editor on your domain registrar account. In this example, we will use a domain name registered via Hostinger. However, the steps should be similar using other registrars as well.

The process can be completed in two simple steps:

  1. Create a subdomain with A records
  2. Create an SRV record

Let’s start with a subdomain.

1. Create a Subdomain Using A Records

Log into hPanel and navigate to Domains. Click on the desired domain name and select DNS / Nameservers.

Next to the Manage DNS records section, create a subdomain and point it to the TeamSpeak server.

  • Type – choose A.
  • Name – specify the subdomain name.
  • Points to – enter the IP of your TeamSpeak 3 server, removing the sample 185.185.185.185 address.
  • TTL – this stands for time-to-live, which limits the lifetime of the record. Leave the default value.
New A record creation window on hPanel

Finally, click Add Record.

Ensure that the A record is pointed correctly and propagated well before proceeding to the next step.

2. Create an SRV record

Under the same Manage DNS records section, add a new SRV record.

  • Type – choose SRV.
  • Name – specify the service name _ts3 and protocol _udp, separated by a full stop mark. The final result should look similar to the following:

_ts3._udp.teamspeak.domain.tld

  • Weight – for records with the same priority, set it to 5.
  • Port – enter your server’s port. Alternatively, the default TeamSpeak 3 server port is 9987.
  • Target – instead of teamspeak.yourdomain.com, enter the subdomain you created in Step 1.
  • Priority – set the value to 0.
  • TTL – leave the default value here.
New SRV record creation window on hPanel

Finally, click Add Record.

Important! Note that it can take up to 24 hours for the new DNS records to propagate worldwide. You can also try to clear your DNS cache.

That’s it – you have pointed a domain to the TeamSpeak 3 server via the DNS SRV record. You can easily connect to your server using a simple subdomain.

Conclusion

TeamSpeak 3 is a popular voice chatting application among gaming enthusiasts and IT professionals. It provides a convenient-to-use interface and allows users to quickly set up a server in minutes.

This guide taught you how to create a TeamSpeak 3 server on three different operating systems – Ubuntu, Windows, and macOS.

We also provided a guide on how to point a domain to a server and use it instead of an IP address to connect.

If you have any tips, tricks, or ideas, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments section.

How to Make a TeamSpeak Server FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the TeamSpeak server.

What Do You Need to Run a TeamSpeak Server?

A TeamSpeak server can be set up on pretty much any machine, whether that would be a virtual private server (VPS) you own or your personal computer using Windows, Linux, or macOS operating systems.

You only need to download the server files from TeamSpeak’s official website, install the server, and you’re good to go.

Is a Server Required to Use TeamSpeak?

A TeamSpeak server can run on most operating systems, which means that you don’t explicitly need to have a server. An ordinary computer will do.

However, it’s highly recommended that you set up a TeamSpeak server because it will be much easier to manage. If that is not possible, you could consider a virtual server. 

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Ignas R.

Ignas is a Technical Content Writer at Hostinger. After helping people tackle even the most complex technical issues as a Customer Success Specialist, his current goal is to write easy-to-follow articles so that these issues will not happen at all. During his free time, Ignas likes to play video games and fix up things around his house.