In Rust, you find yourself on an island with nothing but a stone and a torch. Find resources to create homes, weapons, and medicine. Your goal is to survive and protect yourself from wild animals and hostile people. If you die, you lose everything from your inventory and start at another point.

Basic server configuration

How do I add a “Custom Map” to my Rust server?

“Custom maps are popular with many players and there is an almost endless variety of such maps. Of course you can upload such maps to your server. How exactly this works, we show you here.

  • Before we start, first stop your server
  • Now make sure that you have the “Custom Map” in the .map format
  • Upload this map to any file sharing service
    • Note: Dropbox doesn’t seem to work for this purpous
  • When the upload is finished, copy the displayed link and save it somewhere (you will need it in a moment)
  • Now establish a FTP connection to your RUST server
    • We recommend “Filezilla” as FTP-Tool
  • On the right side in the tool you see the server files now
    • Search there for the file “
    • Make a right click and choose “Edit”
  • Search in the file for the line “levelURL=
    • Add the link you saved before (from the file sharing page) behind the =
  • Now make sure that the end of the link is not dl=0, but dl=1 (change this if necessary)
  • Now search in the same file for the line “serverLevel=“.
    • Here you have to enter after the = the same level, which was used on the “Custom Map
      • Procedural Map / Barren / Craggy Island / Savas Island / Barren
  • Save your changes now
  • You can exit the FTP-Tool now and start your server again.

Have fun playing!

Create backup

You can create backups for your GPORTAL server if you want to. You receive free storage space for saving your game play.

Note Please note that backups are not created automatically.

How to create a backup via the web interface:

  1. Log on to our website
  2. Click on “My Servers” in the menu on the left
  3. Select the desired server
  4. Click on “Backup” in the “Administration” menu on the left
  5. Click on “Create Backup
  6. The server stops for the backup
  7. After creating the backup, the server restarts automatically

Important No backups can be saved between 19:00 and 21:00 (CET).

How do I become In-game Admin?

  1. Copy your Steam 64 ID*
  2. Log on to our website
  3. Click on “My Server” in the menu on the left
  4. Select the chosen server
  5. Click on “Basic Settings” in the menu on the left
  6. Scroll down in the interface to “ManageUsers
  7. Select the type and enter the Steam 64 ID
  8. Save and restart the server

* Steam 64 ID tool:

How do I install Oxide (umod) and plugins for my RUST-server?

  1. Log on to our website
  2. Click on “My Server” in the menu on the left
  3. Select the chosen server
  4. Click on “Basic Settings” in the menu on the left
  5. Stop the server
  6. Switch to “Oxide Mods” to activate it
  7. Restart the server to implement the changes

Now a folder in the root directory of your server named oxide/plugins was created.

  • You can now stop the server again and connect via ftp.
  • Just copy the downloaded plugins into this folder.
  • Start your server
  • Your new plugins are now installed 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ

How do I activate RUST+?

To use RUST+ on your smartphone, the option must be activated on the server. Proceed as follows:

  1. Log in through our website.
  2. Click on “My servers” in the left menu
  3. Select the desired server
  4. Open the basic settings and activate Rust+
  5. Restart the server
  6. Download the “Rust+” app from the Google App Store or Apple Store
  7. Log in with your STEAM account
  8. Open RUST on your PC
  9. Connect to your server
  10. Press ESC and select RUST+. There you can “pair” the connection from Rust+ to the server
  11. Confirm the connection in the app
  12. Now you can use your server in the Rust+ app. Have fun!

How do I connect to a server?

Connect via Steam

  1. Open Steam and click on “Show
  2. Click on “Server
  3. Navigate to “Favorites” and right mouse click in the empty field
  4. Enter your server’s IP and query port
  5. Update the Favorites
  6. Double click on the new entry and connect

Connect through the in-game console

  1. Copy the IP & port of the server from the web interface
  2. Start the game
  3. Press F1 to open the console
  4. Enter the IP & Port and confirm with Enter

Connect to server using server search

  1. Start the game
  2. Navigate to the server browser
  3. Enter the server name in search
  4. Double click on the server to connect

Oxide Mod NoticeIf the Oxide Mod is active, you can find the server under “Modded”

How to set up a whitelist on the server

To protect the server from unauthorized players, we recommend using a whitelist. Only the players on the whitelist can join your server. The rest of the players cannot connect. This whitelist can be set up via this Oxide plugin:

  • Install Oxide in the basic settings
  • Restart the server once. After the restart, an “Oxide” folder appears in the main directory
  • Establish the connection via FTP. (Explanation see above)
  • Load the plug-in into the Oxide/Plugins folder.
  • Now restart the server and connect.
  • Now open the console as admin with F1
  • Execute the following command: oxide.grant user STEAM64ID whitelist.allow

The desired player is now whitelisted and has access to your server.

How to ban a player from my RUST server?

Sometimes it is necessary to ban players from the server. The player will no longer be able to enter the server unless he/she creates a new STEAM account.

  1. Stop your server and open the basic settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the settings. Here you will find “ManageBans”.
  3. Enter the STEAM-64- ID of the unwanted player and click on +ADD. Here you can find out the ID with the Steam name.
  4. Save the settings and start the server

How do I wipe the player’s blueprints on my RUST-Server?

ImportantPlease create a backup before deleting files on your server. If you delete the wrong files otherwise this can’t be undone.

  1. Stop your server and connect with FTP
  2. Navigate to the following folder: /Release/server/my_server_identity/
  3. Here you find the blueprints in the format “player.blueprints.XXXX.db”
  4. Delete the wanted files and start your server

How to add tags to my RUST-server?

To tag your server, you have to be admin on the server

  1. Connect to your server and press F1 (default) to open the console
  2. Enter the following command without spaces between the commas:server.tags Tag1,Tag2,tag3
  3. Here you find a list with all available commands:
  4. Now you save the configurations by typing in this command: server.writecfg

How do I manage my RUST server via RCON?

The best way to manage a RUST server is with an RCON tool. The most popular tool for this is “Rustadmin”. You can download it here. How to set up your server correctly and how it works is explained here.

  1. First stop your server and open the basicsettings.
  2. Activate the option “Activate RCON-Web”.
  3. Set a RCON-password in the basicsettings
  4. Save the settings and start your server

Now open the program “Rustadmin”.

  1. Click on Server -> Connect
  2. Enter the data of the server here. IP, port, RCON port and password. In the screenshot below you can see where these files can be found in the web interface.
  3. Click on “Save” at the bottom.
  4. You will now find the server at the top under “Server”.

If you have entered all the data correctly, you will see the server name and the number of slots in green at the bottom of the “Connected” window.