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How to install TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 20.04?

Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 20.04 Ready? Let’s get to it.

In Ubuntu every day there are more and more complete applications that enrich the ecosystem. Proof of this is the existence of TeamSpeak for Ubuntu.

In a nutshell, TeamSpeak is a voice-over IP chat software, it allows users to talk in a chat channel with other users, just like a traditional conference call. To do this, clients have to connect to a server. This is what we are going to do.

The main advantage is that you can manage the created instance yourself. Think about the advantages of this. So let’s go for it.

Install TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 20.04

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Before we start, the server must be up to date so that we don’t have problems during the process.

So, connect to SSH and proceed to upgrade.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

After this, log in as the root user.

sudo -i

Now we can get started.

The first thing we need to do is create a new system user which is where TeamSpeak will work. This new user can be called whatever you want and does not need to be logged into the system.

adduser --disabled-login teamspeak

You will be asked a few questions requesting information about the new user. Nothing complicated.

Now, log in to the newly created user.

su - teamspeak

Now, with the help of the wget command, we can download TeamSpeak for Linux.

wget https://files.teamspeak-services.com/releases/server/3.13.5/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar.bz2
--2021-07-01 18:21:02--  https://files.teamspeak-services.com/releases/server/3.13.5/teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar.bz2
Resolving files.teamspeak-services.com (files.teamspeak-services.com)... 151.139.128.11
Connecting to files.teamspeak-services.com (files.teamspeak-services.com)|151.139.128.11|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 9950540 (9.5M) [application/x-tar]
Saving to: ‘teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar.bz2’

teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar. 100%[=====================================================================================>]   9.49M  --.-KB/s    in 0.07s

2021-07-01 18:21:02 (136 MB/s) - ‘teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar.bz2’ saved [9950540/9950540]

Once the download is complete, we can unzip it.

tar xvfj teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar.bz2

Now it is a good idea to copy the generated files directly into the Home folder of the user-created for TeamSpeak.

cp teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64/* -R /home/teamspeak/

Also, it is advisable to delete the downloaded file, as you will not need it.

rm -rf teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64 teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.13.5.tar.bz2

After this, create a new empty file corresponding to the license.

touch .ts3server_license_accepted

Now, TeamSpeak is installed, but we can’t use it yet.

Configuring TeamSpeak Server before the first use

With TeamSpeak installed, the process of preparing for the first use begins.

First, exit the TeamSpeak user and return it to the root user.

exit

The best way to manage TeamSpeak is to manage it as a systemd service. This can be done by creating a new entry in the system.

nano /lib/systemd/system/system/ts3server.service

And add the following

[Unit]
Description=Teamspeak Service
Wants=network.target

[Service]
WorkingDirectory=/home/teamspeak
User=teamspeak
ExecStart=/home/teamspeak/ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh
ExecStop=/home/teamspeak/ts3server_startscript.sh stop
ExecReload=/home/teamspeak/ts3server_startscript.sh restart
Restart=always
RestartSec=15

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Save your changes and close the text editor.

Refresh the list of system services, by running the following command

systemctl daemon-reload

Then, start the application service.

systemctl start ts3server

It is advisable to check the status of the service to see if it is active.

systemctl status ts3server
● ts3server.service - Teamspeak Service
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ts3server.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Thu 2021-07-01 18:26:58 CEST; 58s ago
   Main PID: 1532 (ts3server)
      Tasks: 21 (limit: 4566)
     Memory: 22.3M
     CGroup: /system.slice/ts3server.service
             └─1532 ./ts3server

Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]:       serveradmin rights for your virtualserver. please
Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]:       also check the doc/privilegekey_guide.txt for details.
Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]:        token=R7CJUImlePrDrwdlfpMD4H7hOPgRb2NVZitTYGAp
Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: ------------------------------------------------------------------
Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: 2021-07-01 16:26:59.044066|INFO    |Query         |   |listening for query on 0.0.0.0:10011, [::]:10011
Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: 2021-07-01 16:26:59.044230|INFO    |              |   |creating QUERY_SSH_RSA_HOST_KEY file: ssh_host_rsa>Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: 2021-07-01 16:26:59.204450|INFO    |              |   |myTeamSpeak identifier revocation list was downloa>Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: 2021-07-01 16:26:59.472278|INFO    |Query         |   |listening for ssh query on 0.0.0.0:10022, [::]:100>Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: 2021-07-01 16:26:59.472459|INFO    |Query         |   |listening for http query on 0.0.0.0:10080, [::]:10>Jul 01 18:26:59 osradar ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh[1532]: 2021-07-01 16:26:59.472614|INFO    |CIDRManager   |   |updated query_ip_allowlist ips: 127.0.0.1/32, :

So, everything is working properly.

Defining a new access password

It is important to define a new password that takes care of adding an extra layer of security.

So, stop running the service

systemctl stop ts3server

Log the user teamspeak back in.

su - teamspeak

To set a password, just start the service manually and add the serveradmin_password parameter along with a strong password.

./ts3server_startscript.sh start serveradmin_password=password

Replace password with a stronger password.

Sample Output

Starting the TeamSpeak 3 server
TeamSpeak 3 server started, for details please view the log file

Now stop it manually

./ts3server_startscript.sh stop
Stopping the TeamSpeak 3 server .
done

Change to root user again

exit

And now start the TeamSpeak service.

systemctl start ts3server

Enabling the TeamSpeak web interface

Also, it is advisable to enable the TeamSpeak web interface so that you can manage TeamSpeak faster and more comfortably.

To do so, install Apache and PHP along with the unzip package.

apt-get install apache2 php libapache2-mod-php unzip

Then, access the Apache Root document folder.

cd /var/www/html

And from there, proceed to download the web interface. Again, we will do it with the wget command.

wget https://www.bennetrichter.de/downloads/ts3wi.zip

Since it’s lightweight, the download shouldn’t take long. When it is finished, you have to unzip it.

unzip ts3wi.zip

Then, to avoid problems with running on the web, make the folder belong to Apache.

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/ts3wi

And now in a text file called query_ip_allowlist.txt inside the teamspeak user’s home folder add the IP of the server and the client that will be able to access it.

nano /home/teamspeak/query_ip_allowlist.txt
your ip server
ip client

Save your changes and close the editor.

To apply the changes, restart the Apache and TeamSpeak services.

systemctl restart apache2
systemctl restart ts3server

It is now accessible from a client and a web browser via the address http://your-server-ip/ts3wi where you will see the Login screen.

2.- Login Screen
1.- Login Screen

After logging in with the username serveradmin and the password you defined, you will see the administration panel.

2.- TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 20.04
2.- TeamSpeak Server on Ubuntu 20.04

So, TeamSpeak is ready. Enjoy it.

Conclusion

In this post, you have learned how to install your own TeamSpeak instance on your server. This way, you will have full control over what happens and it is interesting for your internal use.

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