How to Play Star Wars: Battlefront online - Beginners guide for PC

Started by {PLA}gdh92, October 19, 2013, 06:00:01 AM

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If you want to play the original Star Wars battlefront online here's the basics (most people can skip alot of parts).;
1. Buy a disk   
Battlefront is available for download as of 2018 but the CD and DVD version can be found individually or as part of collections in shops or very cheap in online stores like Amazon:
US link - Amazon
UK link - Amazon
Steam - SWBF1 Classic Steam

It should work on Windows XP, vista, 7, 8, and 10 although a few people have problems as with all PC games. It is also available for Mac, but is not compatible with any modern versions of MacOS and the Steam version is not available for Mac (except through Wine)

2. Installation and patch
Installing works like any other game and is simple enough. If you bought a newer DVD version of the game it should be patched to 1.2 (the latest stable patch) and ready to play but the 1.2 patch can be found here if you need it: 1.2 Patches at Disney site.
You can check which version of the game you have by going to either the internet or LAN options in game and checking it says 1.2 in the top corner of the menu screen.

3. Playing online
In November 2012 the Gamespy master server was shut down which means that the standard servers are no longer available. Fortunately there are still ways to play the best one now is using Gamemaster, which is a one off download and installation to replace Gamespy. You can download the autoinstaller here:;sa=view;down=1147 and find more information here;

Note: runs which has replaced Gameshare for hosting SWBF1 and SWBF2.

Alternatively you can use Tunngle which was the most popular way before Gamemaster. Here is how;
[spoiler]To use Tunngle you need to download the latest version from here; Tunngle site
After you have installed Tunngle (you may need to be an admin i.e. be the main user on your PC) you need to make an account - all the steps should appear on screen. Just make sure that you use a real E-mail address so you that you can verify your account when asked.
When you've installed Tunngle and made an account you need to open Tunngle whenever you want to play battlefront. To join a server search for 'battlefront' in Tunngle, double click the battlefront 1 room then launch your battlefront game as usual and select LAN. There you can take your pick of servers to join and enjoy the game.
More information on using Tunngle is here;[/spoiler]
GameRanger is also supported.  Follow this link to get GameRanger

4. Mod maps etc
If you want something a bit different to the standard game there are hundreds of mod maps available for battlefront, most on this site:
Here's how to install them;
And here's a guide to many of them;

Have fun and feel free to ask any questions.

I play less now but I'll always be around, lets keep this site and battlefront going. :)