Voice Chat with Teamspeak

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 20, 2006
Updated • May 13, 2013

I have been using Teamspeak for several years now and would like to introduce it to you in case you never heard about it before. Teamspeak lets you voice chat over the Internet, just like Skype but without the program's phone abilities. Everyone using it needs the Teamspeak client software which is available for free on the Teamspeak homepage.

The client software is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. You also need a Teamspeak server that can either be setup on one of the computers that is also running a client version or on a dedicated or virtual webserver. There are also public servers that you can connect to.

Installation of the Teamspeak server is really easy but differs depending on your operating system. You simply install and run it on a Windows operating system. Admin and Superadmin passwords are shown at first start and you have to use them to login into the web interface and configure the server (login details are saved in the file server.log, you can look them up there if you forgot to write them down).

You find a detailed instruction for Linux at the Teamspeak homepage - the process involves adding the user Teamspeak, using wget to download the current version, unpacking that version and running the start script.

The web admin looks the same for Windows and Linux, there is no server version of Teamspeak for mac currently.

Select Servers in the admin interface; one server is already running and you should select this one to change the configuration of it. Server Settings displays some values that you can change: for instance the server name, the welcome message, you can password protect the server here and define the maximum amount of users that can connect to it.

You also enable the codecs in the menu and are free to change the port the server is running on. You are free to add users from the server settings menu or from the client version directly.

Now, log out, start the Teamspeak client and select Connection > Connect from the menu. Right-Click Servers, Add a new Server and enter the login details of that server. Please note that you need at least the password of the server if the admin protected it with a password. This means you login as an anonymous user / guest using the server password. The server password can be left blank so that anyone with the correct Teamspeak IP can connect to the server. The other method available blocks anonymous access to the server si that only registered users can connect to the server and make use of it.

Click connect and the connection to the server should be made. If you login using your admin account you are free to add channels to the server, maybe something like Chat, Game 1, Game 2, AFK. Big servers with lots of users (clans for instance) normally have one folder for every game and then subfolders for that game. One example would be WoW as the top folder and the subfolders instance 1, instance 2, battlefield, grinding, level, raid, crafting, afk. You may add as much folders as you like.

Channels may be for registered users only, may be moderated, may use different codecs and may be password protected. Everything is highly customizable as you can see.

Teamspeak does not use lots of resources making it an ideal companion for multiplayer games but also for general voice communication. The website has a big forum that should help if you run into troubles setting it up or running it.


  1. The first thing that you may want to do is select Settings > Options > Capture > Begin Test to test the microphone.
  2. Voice Activation Detection is the most comfortable option, but you need to configure it properly so that other users do not hear all the background noise that your microphone records.
  3. If that does not work out and everyone is complaining about background noises, switch to push to talk instead.
  4. The whisper feature can be quite handy to talk only to select users in a channel and not everyone in it.
  5. If you hang out with users from all over the world enable country flags. To do so click on Settings > Options > Design and check "display country flag on clients".
  6. You can change your avatar under Self > Avatar to customize how you appear to other users. Note that it cannot exceed 300x300 pixels or 51 Kilobytes.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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