Vanilla Server

18th June 2011

Version 2.18.0 was released.

2nd September 2010

Version 2.17.0 was released.

1st September 2009

Version 2.16.0 was released.

25th March 2009

For source control of the server code, see the Wiki.

30th September 2008

Version 2.15.0 was released. See also our Netrek Project on Launchpad.

27th February 2008

Version 2.14.0 was released.

3rd April 2007

Version 2.13.0 was released.

15th May 2006

Have you a contribution or feel we have left something out? Go use our Netrek Development Wiki.

15th May 2006

The Netrek Vanilla Server is an open source software package that provides a multi-player battle simulation server for Netrek clients.

Netrek is the probably the first video game which can accurately be described as a "sport." It has more in common with basketball than with arcade games or Quake. Its vast and expanding array of tactics and strategies allows for many different play styles; the best players are the ones who think fastest, not necessarily the ones who twitch most effectively. It can be enjoyed as a twitch game, since the dogfighting system is extremely robust, but the things that really set Netrek apart from other video games are the team and strategic aspects. Team play is dynamic and varied, with roles constantly changing as the game state changes. Strategic play is explored in organized league games; after more than six years of league play, strategies were still being invented and refined.

Here we're talking about the server program. If you want to play the game, please go to

Latest Source Release

The latest version of Netrek Vanilla Server may be downloaded from:

The best way to grab the source is using Darcs, because then you can (a) maintain local patches, and (b) send us patches of what you change.

% darcs get

Source Code Repository

The Netrek Vanilla Server source code is managed using Darcs. To obtain an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the code, point your Darcs client at the Netrek repository and do a get.

For more information, see the SourceControl page on the Wiki.

Development Community

The community of developers who work on the server source code use a mailing list to coordinate the work. To join this mailing list, or read the archives, go to the list page.

Some developers also occupy the #netrek channel on the IRC freenode network, server, which is a DNS alias. All servers listed in the alias are normally interconnected. Quozl, Jerub, Ahn and Basic are the usual occupants and can assist with development or installation issues.

If you wish to assist, please join the mailing list and review the PROJECTS and BUGS files within the source repository.