How to Make a Rust Server in 5 Fast Steps

Rust has become a popular online multiplayer survival game on Windows and Mac. While you can join any of the servers available, you might have more fun creating one for others to join. However, this process isn’t as easy as it appears. Trust us, we know.

Here’s a detailed look at how to make a Rust server.

How to make a Rust server

Before we begin, we should warn you that creating a Rust server using a Batch file can be really challenging. You should have some command-line experience to execute this process effectively.

Step 1: Install SteamCMD

You’ll have to create a few folders before you can install the SteamCMD client that will let you create your Rust server. Follow these steps carefully:

  • Create a SteamCMD folder somewhere on your computer, like c:\steamcmd;
  • Open a Rust server folder in the same way, like c:\rustserver;
  • Download SteamCMD from a respectable source;
  • Extract the file to your SteamCMD folder;
  • Execute steamcmd.exe.

Step 2: Install Rust Dedicated Server

Now that you have the SteamCMD client running, you’ll need to insert the following prompt command lines one at a time:

  • login anonymous
  • force_install_dir “c:\rustserver\”
  • app_update 258550
  • quit

Step 3: Configure and run the server

In your Rust server folder, you need to create a RustServer.bat file. Open it so that you can edit it, and enter the text as per the image below. You might need to make some changes based on your needs, which is where your batch-creating knowledge kicks in.

Step 4: Connect your Rust server

Now it’s time to connect to your server. These are the steps you need to follow:

  • Open the Rust client and head to the servers;
  • Press F1 and head to the client console;
  • Insert the default port command of “client.connect localhost:28015” or use your own port number;
  • Connect the server.

Step 5: Share your server

With your server now live, others can connect to it. Alternatively, you can use the port forwarding with the number you inserted in the above step. They can also use the client.connect command.

Become the server master

Creating a Rust server isn’t for the faint of heart. You should only follow this process if you’re comfortable with crafting batch files. 

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