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Netrek Client Software

Since the start Netrek has been developed according to an Open Source Model, which means that the Netrek source code is freely available.

Minimum requirements for Netrek are a minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 and preferably a sturdy three-button mouse or trackball. Netrek can be played over a modem without any problems, but a faster internet connection is recommended. The lower your round trip time (lag) to the server, the better is your responsiveness.

Clients:

Also see the end notes about ancient client and server code archives.

Utilities:

Netrek XP 2009

Maintainer: Bill Balcerski

Homepage: http://netrek.cvs.sourceforge.net/netrek/client/netrekxp/
Version history:
Source Code Repository:  CVS at http://netrek.cvs.sourceforge.net/netrek/client/netrekxp/
Lineage: Berkeley + Rick's Moo => BRM -> COW -> Netrek:1999 -> XP Mod -> XP 2006 -> XP 2009

This is the most recent and actively developed Windows client. It includes lots of newbie-friendly graphic aids, like "det circles" and "lock lines".
It also can do 50 frames per second. If you run windows 98 or ME, see the docs for configuration info.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
Windows netrekinstall2009v1.exe 1.0 July 19, 2007 Main site 8.3 MB
Linux netrekXP2009src-v1.0.zip 1.0 Jul 19 2008 Main Site 14.3 MB

The latest version of XP 2009 is also available from playnetrek.org.

MacTrek

Maintainer: Chris Lukassen
Homepage: http://mactrek.sourceforge.net
Version history:http://mactrek.sourceforge.net/News/News.html
Source Code Repository:  SVN (SubVersioN) at http://mactrek.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/mactrek/
Bug Tracking: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=165507
Lineage: MacTrek (from scratch, though author looked at JTrek and COW code for ideas)

This is a new and exciting client. It's the first all-native Mac client ever, so it looks and works like Mac software instead of like traditional Unix software. While you can play just fine with a one-button mouse, more is better. It is the first Netrek client to support voice commands. There are large (25 MB) and small (8.3 MB) versions of a "trailer" movie you can watch. This client is evolving pretty quickly, so visiting the sourceforge download page may get you a more up to date copy than what we have listed here. There are a bunch of developer files, including a developer's guide, in the files directories.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
Mac MacTrek-1.4.0.zip 1.4.0 July 11, 2007 Main Site 26 MB
Mac MacTrek-1.3.0.zip 1.3.0 July 06, 2007 Main Site 26 MB
Mac MacTrek-1.2.0.dmg 1.2.0 May 04, 2007 Main Site 56 MB
Mac MacTrekUserManual-1.2.0.pdf (User Manual) 1.2.0 May 04, 2007 Main Site 18 MB
Mac MacTrek-1.1.2.zip 1.1.2 Mar 27, 2007 Main Site 16 MB

COW

Maintainer: James Cameron
Homepage: None currently; Docs are in the Clueguides section of this website
Version history: ChangeLog (cached 24-Mar-2007)
also see docs section
Source Code Repository: darcs from http://www.netrek.org/repos/netrek-client-cow/
Lineage: Berkeley + Rick's Moo => BRM -> COW

COW was one of the main netrek clients back in the unix days of netrek. No builds have been published for some time, but the codebase is maintained. The Linux release below (3.01 p10 glibc 2.3) still works fine. It is likely that Debian Linux packages will be released soon after the release of Debian etch. You can, however, build it yourself; see the instructions for downloading and building directions on the development wiki.

COW was eventually ported to Windows, forming the basis for all later Windows clients. You don't want to go there except out of morbid retro curiousity.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
Linux COW.3.01pl0.linux_glibc23.bz2 3.01pl0 Mar 21 2004 Main site 180 KB
Windows COW_3_00pl3_win32.zip 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 475 KB
Solaris COW.3.00pl3.Solaris2.6.gz 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 172 KB
SGI COW.3.00pl3.irix.gz 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 193 KB
Linux COW.3.00pl3.linux.gz 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 709 KB
Linux COW.3.00pl3.linux.Small.Screen.gz 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 711 KB
BSD COW.3.00pl3.netbsd.i386.elf.gz 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 476 KB
Source COW.3.00pl3.tar.gz (sources) 3.00pl3 Jan 12 2000 Main site 768 KB
Sounds COW-Sound.3.00.tar.gz 3.00 Feb 28 1998 Main site 1128 KB

Netrek XP Mod

Maintainer: Stas Pirogov
Homepage: netrek.keyos.org
Version history: on homepage, or at NetrekXP_Mod_README.txt
Source Code Repository: None active; zip of source downloadable
Lineage: Berkeley + Rick's Moo => BRM -> COW -> Netrek:1999 -> XP Mod

There are no plans to further develop this client, with version 4.4.0.4 of May 06, 2006 as the final release.
It works just fine on Windows 2000 and XP (and probably Vista), and is a tiny download if you have a slow link.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
Windows NetrekXPMod-4.4.0.4.installer.exe 4.4.0.4 May 06, 2006 Main site 2.5 MB
Windows NetrekXP4404_installer.exe 4.4.0.4 May 06, 2006 Israel 2.5 MB
Windows NetrekXPMod-4.4.0.4.bin.zip 4.4.0.4 May 06, 2006 Main site 2.2 MB
Windows netrek-4.4.0.4.zip 4.4.0.4 May 06, 2006 Israel 2.2 MB
Windows NetrekXPMod-4.4.0.4.src.zip (source code) 4.4.0.4 May 06, 2006 Main site 6.7 MB
Windows netrekxpsrc-4.4.0.4.zip (source code) 4.4.0.4 May 06, 2006 Israel 6.7 MB
Windows NetrekXP4403_installer.exe 4.4.0.3 Jul 11 2004 Main site 2.5 MB
Windows NetrekXP4403_installer.exe 4.4.0.3 Jul 11 2004 Israel 2.5 MB
Source netrekxpsrc.zip (source code) 4.4.0.3 Jul 11 2004 Israel 5.4 MB
Windows playnetrekdotorg_beginner_package.exe 4.4.0.2 Jun 06 2004 U.S.A. 1.9 MB

Netrek XP 2006

Maintainer: Bill Balcerski

Homepage: http://netrek.cvs.sourceforge.net/netrek/client/netrekxp/
Version history:
Source Code Repository:  CVS at http://netrek.cvs.sourceforge.net/netrek/client/netrekxp/
Lineage: Berkeley + Rick's Moo => BRM -> COW -> Netrek:1999 -> XP Mod -> XP 2006

This is here for historical purposes. It's the Windows client between XP Mod and XP 2009; you probably want to run 2009, but might want XP Mod if you need a small download or have a very slow machine. If you run windows 98 or ME, see the docs for configuration info.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
Linux netrekXP2006v13install.exe 1.3 July 19, 2007 Main site 8.3 MB
Linux netrekXP2006src-v1.2.zip 1.2 Mar 05 2007 Main Site 13.9 MB

The latest version of XP 2006 is also available from playnetrek.org. Older versions are archived at http://www.netrek.org/files/NetrekXP_2006/.

TedTurner (Paradise) client

Maintainer: Dave Ahn
Homepage: none currently
Version history: http://www.netrek.org/files/archive/TedTurner/ChangeLog
Source Code Repository:  None active; tarballs at http://www.netrek.org/files/archive/TedTurner/src/
Lineage: Paradise -> TedTurner

The TedTurner client is the latest incarnation of the Paradise client with 256 color pixmap support. No one has touched it in years, but the Mac build probably still works if you want to try playing Paradise from a Mac. The archives should still have source code if you want to do a new build.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
MacOSX TedTurner-1.3.1.Darwin.gz 1.3.1 Aug 27 2001 Main site 533 KB

Paradise 2000

Maintainer:Trent Piepho

Homepage: www.speakeasy.org/~xyzzy/netrek/
Version history: README
Lineage:Paradise/TedTurner -> Paradise 2000

This is an enhanced version of the Paradise client for Linux. It features stereo sound effects (OSS sound system) and pioneered several innovative features such as the Refit and Repair timer. Graphics aren't exciting by PC gamer standards, but are very efficient. It is built against glibc 2.3 for Linux on the intel architecture only.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
Linux paradise-2000-rc6.tar.gz RC6 Dec 31 2006 Main site 1.4 MB
Linux paradise-2000-rc6.tar.gz RC6 Dec 13 2006 Author's site 1.4 MB

Older versions of this client are archived on netrek.org at http://www.netrek.org/files/Paradise_2000. Source code is not available for this client. The build is only blessed for one year, so older builds will not work with servers that require RSA.

BRMH

Maintainer: Karthik Arumugham

Homepage: ftp.netrek.org/pub/netrek/clients/brmh/BRMH.html
Version history: BRMH-2.4.0-CHANGELOG
Source Code Repository:CVS at http://netrek.cvs.sourceforge.net/netrek/client/brmh/
Lineage:Berkeley + Rick's Moo => BRM -> BRMH

BRMH was the other popular Unix client. If you have an old unix box, there are more builds available than for any other client, so you are more likely to find something that works. There is also a relatively recent OS X build, so if you use a Mac and want a traditional client, it's the way to go. Despite the minimalism (no 256 color support), some veteran players do in fact prefer this lean and fast client.

OS Filename Version Date Location Size
MacOSX BRMH-2.4.0-PPC-MacOSX-Darwin-7.2.gz 2.4.0 Jan 12 2004 Main site 161 KB
Alpha DEC BRMH-2.4.0-Alpha-Digital_Unix-4.0.gz 2.4.0 Mar 24 2000 Main site 219 KB
Alpha DEC BRMH-2.4.0-Alpha-Digital_Unix-4.0-static.gz 2.4.0 Mar 24 2000 Main site 766 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-Alpha-Linux.gz 2.4.0 Nov 05 2000 Main site 187 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-Alpha-Linux-static.gz 2.4.0 Nov 05 2000 Main site 549 KB
Ultrix BRMH-2.4.0-MIPS-ultrix44-static.gz 2.4.0 Apr 12 2000 Main site 373 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-x86-FreeBSD-3.1.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 138 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-x86-FreeBSD-3.1-static.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 399 KB
HP-UX BRMH-2.4.0-PA-RISC-HP-UX-10.20.gz 2.4.0 Apr 17 2000 Main site 162 KB
HP-UX BRMH-2.4.0-PA-RISC-HP-UX-10.20-static.gz 2.4.0 Apr 17 2000 Main site 515 KB
AIX BRMH-2.4.0-RS6000-AIX.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 175 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-x86-Linux-libc5.gz 2.4.0 Mar 25 2000 Main site 158 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-x86-Linux-glibc2.gz 2.4.0 Mar 25 2000 Main site 131 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-x86-Linux-glibc2-static.gz 2.4.0 Mar 25 2000 Main site 459 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-PowerPC-Linux.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 176 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-PowerPC-Linux-static.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 521 KB
Linux BRMH-2.4.0-SPARC-Linux-glibc2-static.gz 2.4.0 Jun 09 2000 Main site 844 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-m68k-NetBSD-1.3.2.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 137 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-m68k-NetBSD-1.3.2-static.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 361 KB
SGI BRMH-2.4.0-sgi-irix.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 21 2000 Main site 189 KB
SGI BRMH-2.4.0-sgi-irix32.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 21 2000 Main site 277 KB
SGI BRMH-2.4.0-sgi-irix64.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 21 2000 Main site 224 KB
SunOS BRMH-2.4.0-sun4-sunos414.gz 2.4.0 Apr 12 2000 Main site 171 KB
SunOS BRMH-2.4.0-sun4-sunos414-static.gz 2.4.0 Apr 12 2000 Main site 475 KB
Solaris BRMH-2.4.0-SPARC-Solaris-2.6.gz 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 159 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-sparc-openbsd.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 22 2000 Main site 181 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-sparc-openbsd.static.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 22 2000 Main site 497 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-x86-openbsd.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 22 2000 Main site 165 KB
BSD BRMH-2.4.0-x86-openbsd.static.bin.gz 2.4.0 Jul 22 2000 Main site 460 KB
Solaris BRMH-2.2p3.solaris-x86.bin.gz 2.2p3 Oct 07 1996 Main site 148 KB
Solaris BRMH-2.2p3.solaris-x86_staticx.bin.gz 2.2p3 Oct 07 1996 Main site 226 KB
Source BRMH-2.4.0.tar.gz (sources) 2.4.0 Mar 23 2000 Main site 287 KB

Archival Clients and Server Code


There is a small pile of old client code, old server code, and code for various utilities sitting around on http://www.netrek.org/files/archive/ and http://ftp.netrek.org/pub/netrek/. If you want code for xtrek, jtrek, trekhopd, or any of that other ancient stuff, check around there, ask people, or look into the other developer resources