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TS3UpdateScript is the most used bash-script by companies to automate and optimize the TeamSpeak 3 server update process. This is the fastest script to run this task.

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The script checks if a newer version of TeamSpeak 3 server is available. If yes, you can choose if the script updates your server. You also set parameters like "delete old logs files" and so on.

If you don't want to update your TeamSpeak 3 server manually, you can use this script. This script follows all of the steps to properly update your TeamSpeak 3 server.

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TS3UpdateScript is free software and is made available free of charge. Your donation, which is purely optional, supports me at improving the software as well as reducing my costs of this project. If you like the software, please consider a donation. Thank you very much!

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Main features

  • Auto detection of
    • TeamSpeak server instances installation directories
    • Installed and latest (stable or beta) TeamSpeak server version as well as architecture and binary
      • You may will test the latest version for a while, so you can set 'your' latest version (View parameter '--set-version' with './ --help')
    • File permissions of current installed TeamSpeak server
    • Used database type
    • TSDNS usage
    • ServerQuery IP and port
    • Latest version of the TS3UpdateScript self
  • Backup as rollback, if the newer TeamSpeak server version is not compatible or not working
  • Deletes old logs, if you want to (parameter '--delete-old-logs')
  • Informs online clients via poke message, if you want to (parameter '--inform-online-clients')
  • Test feature for informing online clients via poke message (parameter '--test-inform-online-clients')
  • Keeps rollback backup, if you want to (parameter '--keep-backups')
  • Individual waiting time between pokes and update process (parameter '--waiting-time-in-minutes')
  • Backup and restore of temporary virtual server passwords
  • Cronjob (CRON) for (weekly) fully automated update process (it's manually adjustable)
  • Multiple language support (parameter '--locale')
  • Easy use of debug function (parameter '--debug')

Special features

  • Pre-Validation of collected data to prevent possible update issues
  • Best Practices Analyzer
  • Debug feature, if you got some issues with the script
  • Debug Report feature, if your update failed (Example Debug Report)

Stay tuned!


  • Linux (should work on the most distributions; below a list of explicit tested distributions)
    • Debian 7 & 8
    • Ubuntu 15
    • CentOS 7
    • OpenSUSE 13
    • Fedora 21
    • IPFire 2
  • One or more installed TeamSpeak 3 server instances on a Root server/VPS/virtual machine
    • Minimum required version: 3.1.x
  • Software packages
    • Required
      • bash (GNU Bourne Again SHell)
      • which
      • ca-certificates (for SSL connections)
      • rsync (fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool)
      • wget (retrieves files from the web)
      • grep (GNU grep, egrep and fgrep)
      • sed (The GNU sed stream editor)
      • bzip2 (high-quality block-sorting file compressor - utilities)
      • lsb-release / redhat-lsb (Linux Standard Base version reporting utility)
      • gdb (GNU Debugger)
    • Optional
      • sqlite3 (Command line interface for SQLite 3) (Only required, if you've changed your IP bindings in the SQLite database)
      • any MTA like postfix or exim (for receiving cronjob mails)
      • expect (Automates interactive applications) (if you want to inform online clients about updates and get a higher detection rate of properties/settings)
      • telnet (The telnet client) (if you want to inform online clients about updates)
      • jshon (Read / Decode JSON format)
  • root user access on your Linux system (below a list of some reasons, why the script needs root permissions)
    • Automated detection of one or more TeamSpeak 3 server instances
    • Detecting and changing/adjusting file/directory permissions after update process
    • Creating a backup
    • Installing a cronjob


  • Linux and FreeBSD binary
  • systemd
  • SQLite and MySQL as well as MariaDB database setups
  • Temporary virtual server passwords
  • ExaGear environments (Further information:

Hint: systemd

If you are using systemd to ensure, that your TeamSpeak server instance is running, you should add a condition to your systemd script to avoid automated restarts while the TS3UpdateScript is performing an update.

The TS3UpdateScript creates a temporary file called .ts3updatescript.lock in the root directory (where you also can find the script) of the TeamSpeak server instance, when it starts updating the instance. As soon as it finished the update, it deletes this lock file again.

You can use this lock file to tell systemd to avoid automated restarts while the TS3UpdateScript is performing an update. Simply add a condition to systemd: ConditionPathExists=!/home/teamspeak/.ts3updatescript.lock

Here is a full example:

Description=TeamSpeak Server


ExecStart=/home/teamspeak/ start
ExecStop=/home/teamspeak/ stop
ExecReload=/home/teamspeak/ restart

Available Languages


  • en_US
  • de_DE

Need Review:

  • None

Settings summary

Help us

We cannot translate this script into each language. But you can help us achieve better language support by creating a new language file with your language! Please send your translation to our email address above, then we can add your translation to the next version. As thank you we will name you in this document, if you would like.

Just grab a copy of your language file, which you understand and translate the content between the two quotation marks. If you think it is ok, you can send us this file via email and we will add it to the TS3UpdateScript. You also can check it in the GitHub Project as new "Issue".

Script licenses

Name Ideal for Restrictions 2-years Support Costs
Community Unlicensed, NPL, AAL Single Instance, no BPA, no Cronjob No Free of charge / 'Pay what you want'-Donation
Professional Unlicensed, NPL, AAL Single Instance No 29.99 EUR
Enterprise ATHP None Yes 79.99 EUR

Get Professional / Enterprise license

Send me your license information to get a invoice, which you need to pay:

user@tux:~$ ./TS3UpdateScript --request-license [Your invoice E-Mail address] [professional | enterprise]

user@tux:~$ ./TS3UpdateScript --request-license professional

Hint: You should receive a copy of this email within a few minutes. If not, your server is may not able to send emails. Please follow the alternative instructions instead.

Alternative you can send me those details manual via email to

  • Your (invoice) E-Mail address
  • Product name (TS3UpdateScript)
  • Public/WAN IP address, where you want to use the script
  • License key of your script (Parameter '--show-license-key')
  • Type of license, which you want: Professional or Enterprise

After you've paid the invoice, your script will be licensed within the next 48 hours. Usually, it only takes up to 24 hours.

Extended support subscription plans

If you only have bought a Professional license or just require more support, you can buy a renewable support subscription plan.

Below are the available subscription plans including their SLA:

Name Included support SLA Respond time Costs
Community Lifetime As soon as possible 0.00 EUR
Basis SLA 1 year Within a week 14.99 EUR
Professional SLA 1 year Within 48 hours 49.99 EUR
Enterprise SLA 3 year Within 48 hours 119.99 EUR


All you need to do to get the list of available options/parameters is:

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --help

Help menu

All you need to do to execute an update process is:

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check

You also can use the tab auto-completion of this script, which will be installed after the first execution of the TS3UpdateScript and a relog of the Linux user:

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --[TAB][TAB]

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --dele[TAB]

Parameters / Options

Multi usable parameters can be combined, while single usable can just be used without any other parameter(s). The order of any parameter is irrelevant - you can use them as you want to.

Multi usable

Parameter Description
--check Checks, if a newer version for your instance is available
--delete-old-logs Deletes old TeamSpeak 3 server logs while update process
--inform-online-clients Sends the configured poke message to each online client on each virtual server, that the server will be updated (if you enter 'Yes, update!')
--keep-backups Keep created backups by the script
--waiting-time-in-minutes [MINUTES] Optionally the script can wait X minutes before it starts the update process
--disable-temporary-password-backup Disable feature to backup temporary passwords
--set-release Do not use the official latest release. Use instead the set release from the given file configs/config.all
--beta-release With this parameter you are able to detect and update your TeamSpeak server to the latest beta release
--path Specify the absolute path to the TS3 server instance, which should be updated instead of searching for all
--locale [LANGUAGE-CODE] Change language of this script to some of the available under languages/verified/ directory. Default is en_US.
--debug [DEBUG_FILENAME] Enables debugging and writes output to file
--install-cronjob Installs weekly cronjob for monday at 3 AM (= 03:00 O'clock) with your given options


user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --delete-old-logs

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --keep-backups

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --delete-old-logs --inform-online-clients

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --delete-old-logs --waiting-time-in-minutes 30

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --check --delete-old-logs --waiting-time-in-minutes 30 --inform-online-clients --keep-backups

Single usable

Parameter Description
-h OR --help Displays this help page
-v OR --version Displays version of this script
--display-settings Displays settings from config files in configs/
--test-inform-online-clients Execute test poke with current settings
--update-script Updates the TS3UpdateScript to the latest version
--show-license-key Displays TS3UpdateScript license key
--force-license-update Forces an update for the TS3UpdateScript license key
--request-license [EMAIL] [professional enterprise]
--deinstall-cronjob Deinstalls weekly cronjob


user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript -h

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --help

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --display-settings

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --test-inform-online-clients

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --update-script

user@tux:~$ sudo ./TS3UpdateScript --request-license professional

Work flow of the script

First it will check if a newer version of the script is available; afterwards it will check your installed version of each instance against the latest available version from It also will detect if you are using TSDNS, SQLite or MySQL database, etc. If a newer version is available, the script will do following steps:

  1. Download latest named TeamSpeak 3 server files from
  2. Inform online clients on all virtual servers (if you want to; parameter '--inform-online-clients' needed)
  3. Stop running TSDNS (if used)
  4. Backup temporary virtual server passwords (if any is available)
  5. Stop running server instance gracefully
  6. Delete old logs (if you want to; parameter '--delete-old-logs' needed)
  7. Create backup of currently running TeamSpeak 3 server in '/tmp/TS3Tools/TS3UpdateScript/'
  8. Unzip downloaded TeamSpeak 3 server files
  9. Import licensekey (if available), database and Query IP Black and Whitelist from backup
  10. Import TSDNS settings file (if used)
  11. Delete, if exists for correct start
  12. Delete downloaded TeamSpeak 3 server files
  13. Set ownership and group of files like before update
  14. Start TSDNS (if was used)
  15. Add commandline parameter to new if INI-file is used
  16. Start updated TS3 server
  17. Restore temporary virtual server passwords (if any was backuped)
  18. Script waits 15 seconds and checks if the server is running
  19. If the server is not running, the rollback will be executed
  20. Clean up system from created and downloaded files from the update process

Those steps will execute for each installed instance of Teamspeak 3, which will be checked.

The files/ directories will not be touched by the script - also not backuped!

Used Resources by the script

Protocol Host/IP Used for How often?
https Licensing server Every 7 days or when your force an update of your license
https For detection of latest stable server release version Each execution of the TS3UpdateScript
https Download server for TeamSpeak 3 server files Each execution of the TS3UpdateScript
https Server for checking latest TS3UpdateScript version Each execution of the TS3UpdateScript
https Download server for TS3UpdateScript files Only if you update the TS3UpdateScript

Directory Structure - Where can I find which file?

Path Description
.,,, .ts3updatescript and the copy of the license
./docs/ Install and upgrade guide as well as changelog
./configs/ Configuration files
./languages/ Language files

Why does this have a high version number?

Because of the TeamSpeak 3 Server updates, customer wishes and suggestions to the script, however, constantly extended or optimized, which is the reason why it will never have a "final" version level.

The script is ready and fully functional.


Automate all update processes for your TeamSpeak 3 server instances





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