How to Play ET in 2018

If you are new to Enemy Territory or simply making a comeback, this tutorial is for you. Below you will find a brief summary of the main events of the past few years as well as everything you need to play ET in 2018.


Essential downloads:

Download ET 2.60b (includes the latest ET patch, an ET minimizer, PunkBuster, and an etkey)
Download ETPro 3.2.6 (competition mod)


ETPro public servers (a short list of active ones)
TrackBase server list (a more extensive list including non-ETPro servers)

Leagues and community websites:

CyberGamer EU (league with ET cups and ladders)
CyberGamer Anticheat (CGAC)
Crossfire (main ET community website)
GamesTV (community-run website for watching ET live and on-demand)
TrackBase (ET resource for public players)

Other resources:

Game manual
Command/cvar list
Color codes & more information on cvars
Unofficial strategy guide
Frag movie database
Maps & map packs
Minimizer (not needed if you download ET from the Splash Damage website) (PunkBuster & etkeys - same as above)
Global server configs v1.3 (latest league configs for servers)

Streamers/shoutcasters: United Kingdom MerlinatoR, United States of America ohurcool, Finland Swanidius, Poland WuT, & more
IRC channels (Quakenet):,,, #crossfire,


4th May 2013: ESL dropped support for ET
29th May 2013: ET's 10th birthday
1st September 2013: TZAC shut down
11th September 2013: UAC started supporting ET
21st December 2013: ClanBase shut down
1st January 2014: UAC shut down
5th January 2014: CyberGamer EU ET launched
31st January 2014: YCN shut down
2nd February 2014: CGAC started supporting ET
4th February 2014: ET 3on3 World Cup 2014 announced
16th February 2014: CB ET EuroCup XXVIII winners announced
18th February 2014: CG EU ET Season 1 announced
2nd March 2014: CF ET 6on6 Spring Cup 2014 announced
24th March 2014: ET 6on6 NationsCup 2014 announced
21st May 2014: ET All Stars 2014 announced
29th May 2014: ET's 11th birthday
20th June 2014: ET 3on3 & 6on6 SummerCup 2014 announced
30th August 2014: TEAM-PHASE eSports ET Cup announced
31st August 2014: CG EU ET Season 2 announced
20th November 2014: ET 3on3 World Championship 2015 announced
9th December 2014: Crossfire ET 2015 Tournaments announced
30th December 2014: ET Reborn LAN announced
1st March 2015: CG EU ET Season 3 announced
13th March 2015: ET Reborn LAN confirmed
17th-19th April 2015: ET Reborn LAN
21st April 2015: ET United NationsCup 2015 announced
3rd May 2015: ET United launched
8th May 2015: ET United Cup I Announced
25th May 2015: ET United SummerCup 2015 announced
29th May 2015: ET's 12th birthday
7th June 2015: ET 6on6 Benelux Cup 2015 announced
14th June 2015: ET United Cup II announced
20th June 2015: ET United LAN announced
15th July 2015: New CG EU ET staff announced
21st July 2015: ET United Cup III announced
23rd September 2015: ET United Cup IV announced
7th October 2015: CG EU ET American 6on6 Season 1 announced
13th-15th November 2015: ET United LAN
29th November 2015: 'xD Trickjump, 10th Anniversary Cup announced
27th March 2016: ET United 6on6 Quick Cup #1 announced
15th April 2016: ET 3on3 Masters 2016 announced
29th May 2016: ET's 13th birthday
25th July 2016: CG EU ET American 6on6 Season 2 announced
19th October 2016: CG EU ET Season 4 announced
23rd December 2016: Krefeld Battleground ET LAN announced
19th-21st May 2017: Krefeld Battleground ET LAN
29th May 2017: ET's 14th birthday
7th August 2017: ETernal Damage Tournament announced
23rd December 2017: Return to Krefeld Battleground ET LAN announced


1. ET is still alive?

Yes. It's not as active as it used to be, but there are still plenty of players around. Competitions are being run on a regular basis, and there was an ET LAN event in 2017 with one more planned for May of this year.

2. What happened to this website?

Crossfire was updated to version 4.0 in July 2012 with a new layout and many new features and functions.

3. Can I use CGAC outside of CG?

Not really. The anticheat is integrated in the CG website and uses a match ID system, so it's only available for official matches. This means it cannot be used effectively on public servers or in IRC wars. However, it is still entirely possible to play with CGAC in community competitions hosted on CG.

4. Where can I find the CG ban list or more information about a specific ban?

Check out the CyberGamer EU group here on Crossfire:

5. How do I fix my FPS lag?

The most common solution for this is r_primitives 2.

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If anyone has anything else to add, please feel free to send me a PM or leave a comment below.
Very useful tutorial! You're the best ohurcool
vary nice reat ohjurkuul
Good job with this, also from my personal experience best site for ET cvars is !
3days too late :/

gj anyways

e: ty for the minimizer i searched this one for days now :D
Would suggest putting Lightning's minimizor up there as well, as it works for practically any game:
<- need team :)
Thanks so much for this. I really would like to play competitive again, but real life won't let me. :/
me too Mr vaGgi ^^
Hey! :D Schön dass es dich auch noch gibt. ^_^
Macht Ihr Party ohne mich hier oder was?
nice effort there but... how much time could you spend???
as much as he wants and at the same time is able to spend to...? :p
"2. What happened to this website?

Crossfire was updated to version 4.0 in July 2012 with a new layout and many new features and functions."

What I also would like to know though:
Was the huge decrease of activity connected to the update or did they just randomly happen at the same time?
It definitely played a role, but I wouldn't take it so far as to say it "killed" CF or ET as some like to think.

QuoteI just checked Google Analytics, there are still 50k unique users checking the site a month - so that you're aware that is only 10k less than at the end of Crossfire 3 (it's 100k less than the high's of CDC4).

- United Kingdom TosspoT, 20th January 2014
exactly, killed et
Good job!
very nice, well done
avi to paly paly
gj, let's hope it'll be useful for many!
Nice initiative. Useful for newcomers. The timeline is also nice to have.
Good job Jonm8!!!
Minimizer (not needed if you download ET from the Splash Damage website)

not needed? whats so different with et from splash damage?
mine is from there, just ages ago
QuoteDownload ET 2.60b (includes the latest ET patch, an ET minimizer, PunkBuster, and an etkey)
ok cool .. hope that minimizer works well .. thanks
good job :)
stop being a cunt, and help me out!
let's go ts!
I'll pm you, with TS info.
guys... i think i will try this game again :)
so awesome afford here!
If yes, then welcome back! :)
thank you kind sir! :)
Enemy Territory 2.60B Linux Full Installer (with ETKEY and PB)
- ( ./ will paste the full-content into the current working directory)
:: et260b.x86_Full [ 262.88 MB]

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got problems with et on windows 7, where can i find some info?
What sort of problems?
Well i can play ET around 5/10mins before crashing and a constant buzzing noise comes from the speakers.
I tried to instal and play ET as administrator, but that doesnt help..

i have absolutely no idea what to do..
it prolly has to do something with pb..

i found this tutorial :

This guy just updates his pb.. but i cant even add ET as game so i cant update aswell..

U have any solutions?
You can't update PB any more since they no longer support ET. Did you try downloading PB from
Yes, I have done this.. Stil after 5min crashing and a constant buzzing noise..

Any other solutions?
Don't know, sorry.
Check your hard drive.
like where should the problem be?
Server files? Patched ETDED's etc
How to play ET in 2015:
install the game
run CGAC
Play match
Get banned for no reason

Well played.
not working on windows 8.1?
nice job ! cheerz
thanks, I was looking for this :)
Great writeup. :)
i did everything, but now i have a huge FPS drop, for some fuckin reason,
Were are the configs, the mosts inmortent stuff you need to make a cfg :(
that link to my site gives file not found errors because it's lacking the trailing slash, that Jeebles Directory script is very peculiar about that, here's the correct link:
lol playing ET in 2015
Good guide, but this only takes me so far.

The server list suggests loads of servers which aren't full. Yet when I join a server it won't let me actually join a team and take part. Most of the servers are full of bots anyway and I have only come across a handfull of real people.

I've jumped on around 20/25 servers over the course of this weekend. In NONE of them have I been able to actually join a side and take part in a game. This is deeply frustrating. I remember playing ET back in the early 2000s and not having this many issues at all. :(

Can anyone help? What am I missing?
The in-game "master" serverlist is unreliable. You'll find plenty of active servers without bots via TrackBase.
Parent >> Pick ETPro as mod >> get ip from a server u want to join and copy it >> open ET >> write /con >> push tap >> push ctrl+v and then push enter >> win
Still waiting for a tool like dayz commander where you can download maps and mods by simply pressing "install"
Can anyone help me getting this game to work. can't seem to join any servers
what's your issue exactly?
When I try to join a server i get kicked off. And don't know how to join etpro servers. When i played a long time ago I used ASE to join servers is there anything like that. Maybe i Don't have an ETKEy but i cant seem to install one.

I just want to try to join an etpro sever but don't know how :)
get etkey at
Anyone know what to do about negative mouse acceleration?
lower ur dpi
r_dynamiclight - controls what style additional lighting effects like gunfire and flame get. Default is 1 = single pass. Can also use 2 = multi-pass (nicer). I like to turn off (0) because it adds to the enemy gunfire flash, making it harder to aim, together with cg_muzzleflash 0, which at least stops your own gun flashing when firing.

r_ext_gamma_control - absolutely useless, as it tries to make use of a 3dfx based opengl extension that no cards support today.

r_ext_texture_filter_anisotropic turns on opengl extension for anisotropic antialiasing. default is 0 (off). Should only need to be 1 and r_textureanisotropy 16. But there's a bug so you need to put them both to 16, together with r_picmip 0 to have nice sharp textures, much easier on the eyes than blurry ones.

r_ext_compressed_textures is 1 (on) by default. When graphics cards had little memory this helped. Now better to turn off (0) for a slight improvement in texture quality.

A lot of people muck about with higher r_mapoverbrightbits and r_gamma. Sometimes even r_ignorehwgamma 1, in a bid to "light up the models". Truth is when things pop out too much or look too unrealistic (in whatever style of graphics) then it only serves to make it more confusing for our eyes/brain. The night scenes should look dark, but the lighting in the map should properly illuminate the scene. The closest I got to the game looking like what it used to look like on the original graphics cards and crt monitors it was built for is: turn on nvidia controlled gamma and turn it down to 0.56 or so and in game r_intensity 1.5. Only trouble is the game resets to internal (too bright) gamma at start of every map. Minimize and maximize ET to overcome this each map during warmup. It's still good visibility and looks more realistic, with the aeroplane spotlights on flughafen map actually lighting up the sky and striplights light up the runway. It prevents weird green and blue showing up in dark textures.
r_texturemode default is gl_linear_mipmap_nearest. best, least bluriness transitions with distance, is gl_linear_mipmap_linear, which is "tri-linear" when using the menu instead of console to adjust.

r_lodbias is how detailed models are, default is 2, not that nice. make it -2, very detailed and make sure your video driver doesn't have negative lodbias clamp turned on, which would clamp it to 0..not quite as detailed.

r_displayrefresh defaults to 0, which for this cvar means default to your desktop refresh rate. you can set it to whatever your screen supports in the resolution you have chosen, e.g. 144 for gaming monitors. you would do this is you normally run your desktop in 60hz but want to play ET using the much better refresh rate, highly recommended.

r_swapinterval defaults to 0 = no vsync = screen tearing effect when moving mouse/view. However, turning on vsync (r_swapinterval 1) is not recommended, especially with non-gaming grade monitors, as the fps will clamp to your display refresh rate, 60hz for non gaming monitors. looks nicer but horrible mouse lag, floaty mouse control. Note there is no vsync option via ET menu. The ET menu item Finish every frame is not related to vsync at all, but instead adjusts r_finish cvar.
r_finish defaults to 0, represented by menu item Sync every frame (my bad, not Finish every frame.) Anyway, it's not vsync when enabled (1). It merely inserts a glfinish opengl call at end of every frame, which results in making sure mouse and keyboard input got their chance. doesn't fix mouse lag due to vsync being used btw.

r_colorbits defaults to 0, use desktop number of bits for color, which is normally 32. Change to 16 if you want ugly colors for zero fps improvement. btw if you change r_colorbits, r_texturebits or r_depthbits, which all relate to the initial setup of the screen for ET, to some wonky values the driver doesn't like..ET will override them but may change your display refresh rate to something undesirable. Changes my display to 100hz. you can check what your screen got setup as at any time with command /gfxinfo.

r_texturebits defaults to 0, same as default opengl driver setting of 32 bits. no need to tinker as no real change in texture quality or fps.

r_depthbits defaults to 0, which is actually 24 bits default opengl driver setting. some opengl programs use the z-buffer/depth feature to provide distance shading but ET does not. ET uses the z-buffer only as a 1 bit clip mask for the gun model against the map. therefore adjusting this cvar in console in menu has no visible/fps effect.
what about resolution? I've set mine same as the desktop but it's a bit more stretched out than it should be. and also need a proper config :(
ET internal representation of the workd is hardcoded to 640x480. Every screen resolution is mapped from this internal representation. So basically ET does not properly compensate for different display aspect ratio (even though there's a cvar r_customaspect.) Anyway, only 4:3 and 5:4 display aspect resolutions that ET was built for will not stretch. When ET uses a widescreen resolution, you're seeing the same viewangle as a 640x480 display, only stretched. It is more zoomed in, as you will notice, the top and bottom of the picture are cut (letterboxed.) So you actually have more vertical viewangle in a 4:3 resolution.
Some people compensate for the stretched horizontal by using cg_fov 115 or thereabouts but that doesn't quite fix it. nothing short of a patch (none available) as per RTCW game widescreen fix would do it. ET Legacy supports native widescreen but only in its own new mod.
A lot of servers have punkbuster disabled but our ET clients have it enabled, only to pass your guid to server, otherwise it complains. You can actually turn off punkbuster on the client and still play. Why do that? Because using timedemo 1 and playing a demo shows consistently about 20% average fps drop with punkbuster enabled. So punkbuster is doing things (scanning memory etc) even when you play on a server with punkbuster disabled on it.
All you need to do is +set cl_guid "xxxxxx" in the shortcut to start ET, where xxxxxx is your etkey string of text. Now you can disable punkbuster before joining server and might as well disable the punkbuster services (pnkbsterA and B).
Turn the hud off for a performance boost. i think this has to do with the opengl graphics instructions in et (opengl 1.5) being emulated in software on the gpu in gpu with opengl > 3.0. Anyhow i get a timedemo 200 fps increase with hud off. It's actually nice not to have all those distractions of the hud cluttering your visuals but, no chat window or health gauge or name drawing. So that you can bring it back or turn off easily i made a bind for the mouse 4 button on my deathadder, a button i normally havent used. /bind mouse4 "toggle cg_draw2d"
It's not that i need extra fps, as i go with 125 in multiplayer however, it reduces latency of the renderer and therefore more time for the game to poll the input and do network comms and game logic. The end result for me a increase in accuracy and k/d ratio. try it.
no pls dont play
mac version doesnt work : /
Thank you for this tutorial. It was supereasy to get back in the game.
Does it work with Mac ? Does ETpro and all the current updates have support for Macintosh
I've tried loads i only get installed etc and then it seems to bug out when i try to open the game with 2.60c
for mac..edit the default configuration file that is created, before you create profile and do same for that and any mod config..r_allowextensions 0
now should launch
where to download this game crosfire thank cant see it
Wanted to play abit, haven't played in years... but getting this error:
"Couldn't load an official pak file; verify installation ... and make sure its latest version " .. Downloaded etpack and pro from here... :/
make sure that there aren't too many pk3s in your etmain folder and that the 2.6 patch is applied before 2.6b
Ty .. Will try that :)
buddy by any chance you have that ETPACK link for me? I used the search and all the old threads about it have broken links and there is no mention of it in your OP here; I specifically need the etpack not a normal et download; too long to explain lol. Or who can I contact for it-??
thanks dude. Well how the fuck did u find it? I swear i tried
it's still on the CF server, just not accessible via the "Download ET" button any more
why nigga doesnt make sense :D? Etpack > whatever normal download, no?
it used to give people sound bugs or something, the one from splash damage doesn't and is just much cleaner in general
Just installed ET again today, only had some small problem on Win10 (release preview insider built)

I had to install it outside of the program files folder, kept getting an "ui_mp_x86.dll" error when the game was in the program files folder. (tried to run the game as admin but it kept crashing.)
And I'm having some FPS lags which r_primitives 2 didnt fix :(
The minimizer that come with the install from splashdamge doesnt work for me.
Probably a bit late, but run ET in compatibility mode for Windows XP. After Windows Vista, the OS started storing application specific settings in the /Users/ directory, rather than the X:/Program Files/Program directory. This can cause all kinds of weird shit in Win7/Win10.
Thanks so much for this! Its working like a charm on Win 10 now
haha, just downloaded for nostalgia. :) Now I'm wondering if anyone has my ownage cfg and could send it to me! thx!
How to browse Crossfire in 2017:

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The userscripts/themes above can be found here.
there's no edit post button on the grey theme :(
Nice, ty
nice try!
On newer AMD gpu and drivers lots of fps lags due to the known problem of ET not allocating enough space where it puts a list of all the opengl extensions the driver is capable of. IET does this so it knowns which opengl extensions it can potentialy enable. Most gpu drivers nowadays have such a long list of supported opengl extensions that most of this list is cut off. Many moons ago the official drivers had a workaround, then later drivers didnt expose this setting but it was still internally available. So third party utilities let you turn this fix on. Now the utilities are all old and dont work with newer cards. The windows drivers will automatically apply this compatibility fix when you rename et.exe to quake3.exe. You'll see that you dont get the warning about extension string too long in startup messages in console. Most importantly, gfxinfo will now show that compiled vertex arrays (extension) enabled, without which you get the fps drops. On Linux/Mac, there's an environment variable you set before starting ET, which activates a corresponding fix. It's something like MESA_MAX_EXTENSION_YEAR or similar, and should be set to 2007 or before. Google for mesa opengl environment variable page, which documents them. On Nvidia, use third party Nvidia Inspector program to either set up ET profile or global profile setting extension_string_version to 4844 (hex value)
4th May 2013: ESL dropped support for ET
29th May 2013: ET's 10th birthday
1st September 2013: TZAC shut down
21st December 2013: ClanBase shut down
1st January 2014: UAC shut down
31st January 2014: YCN shut down

That was dark times! Still alive!
2018 - ohur
I keep getting "Couldn't load default.cfg - I am missing essential files - verify your installation?" tried reinstalling the game many times. Any fix?

Edit: nevermind, manually made a new desktop shortcut and it works now
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