How To Setup A Rust Server In 10 Easy Steps! [DEDICATED]

February 2, 2021

Rust is undoubtedly one of the most popular video games in the industry today(Especially now twitch is offering viewer prizes). This game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where players have to face just one goal, and that is to survive. Now, this may sound easy, but what is hard is the way the player deals with hunger, thirst, and other survival needs. These needs call for journeys, searches, and raids.

Put together, these lead to results that are not easy to come by regardless if you're playing on vanilla or a modded rust server. And when you do get a rare loot, the only way you can keep it safe is by building a shelter for yourself and defending it against enemies. The same loot can then be traded with other players to get better weapons, equipment, resources, and many other things that are required to survive this ruthless world.

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Rust Server Requirements

The requirements for setting a dedicated Rust server depend upon the number of active slots, the server specs, player limits, and more. The minimum specs for Rust servers are:

  • RAM: 4 GB (DDR3)
  • CPU: Dual-core CPU (2.3ghz)
  • HDD: 32 GB
  • Internet: 25 Mbps upload

Now, these are the recommended requirements for a Rust server. The best-dedicated server hosting services offer servers with the following specs:

  • RAM: 8 - 32 GB (DDR4)
  • CPU: Quad-core CPU (4.0 ghz)
  • SSD: At least 128 GB.
  • Internet: 100 - 1000 Mbps upload

Rust requirements breakdown of each specification:

  • Ram - This directly affects how many 'things' are on the map and players that can join. If you are planning on running a 10x server be prepared to see numbers higher than 8 GB of RAM usage,
  • CPU cores - More CPU cores means each thread can focus on its own task rather than taking turns. Your Rust server doesn't need tens of cores but giving it at least 4 to work with is good,
  • CPU GHz - This directly affects server performance. Higher GHz means more server frames per second (Fps). For a normal 5-20 man Rust server, 60 server fps is ideal,
  • HDD/ SSD - This directly affects server restart time. (Typical HHD read/write speed is: 80-160 MBps. While SSD read/write speed is around: 550 MBps. Even faster for NVMe drives),
  • Internet - Typically each user will use a maximum of 5 Mbps of your allotted internet speed while they are connected. So if you're running a 10 man server, expect to allocate up to 50 Mbps of upload/ download speed to them.

Assuming you meet the requirements of running your own Rust server, let us now see how you can set up your own Rust server.

How To Set Up Your Rust Server On Windows (With WindowsGSM)

Setting up a Rust server doesn't need to be hard. Below is a quick and easy 10 step in-depth guide to starting your very own dedicated Rust server that anyone from around the world can join. Run-on the latest spec out servers with ddr4 ram and 2.5ghz up. It offers a very competitive price to performance ratio while offering other serviers such as DDOS protection, fast support response time, and backup options.

Step 1.

The first thing you need to do to get your own dedicated Rust VPS is to create an account at Vultr. If you use this link you will get a free $25 credit. This will help offset the cost of paying for the server while you get people on.

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Simply click the link, signup and its automatically applied to your account!

Click Sign Up on the top right hand side.

vultr screenshot

Step 2.

Now that you have created your account and have logged in, click on “Products” on the left hand side of the screen.

On this page is where we are going to deploy our new VPS.

click products

Step 3.

The next thing to do is select the type of VPS and where in the world it would best suit you. Select the "Cloud Compute" option as this will allow you to use a part of an entire server as that would be much more expensive.

As for the location, it's best to select what location is closest to you for best performance (ping). Otherwise, if you are looking to give your players the best ping while reaching as many of them as possible (In the US) it would be recommended that you select Dallas.

Vultr Rust Servers

Step 4.

The next thing we need to do is select the server type. It should automatically have "64 Bit OS" selected, if not, do that now. Out of the 8 options that are on the screen, select "Windows". Once you click that, it will give you 2 options. Select the top one "2016 X64".

Rust server type

Step 5.

Now it's time to select server size. Typically at idle with no one on the Rust server, it will be using around 3GB of ram. This is something to keep in mind as the more people that join your server, the more ram it will use.

If you are looking at having a small server 10-15 friends then the $40 a month server will work perfectly for you. However, as many people know, Rust is much more enjoyable with more people.

This is why we recommend going to the next tier up. At 8gb of ram and an extra 2 CPU's your server will be capable of running almost anything you throw at it. From vanilla all the way up to 1000X battlefield servers with over 50 mods.

Having mods also helps you include a VIP system that can earn you money.

Rust Vultr Server Size

Step 6.

Almost there for server setup. While some of the larger servers with 200+ players might require DDOS protection, it would not be recommended when you are just starting out (You are able to change this later). Set the name of the server and click "Deploy Now".

Rust Server Name

Step 7.

Once this is complete it will take you back to the products page. Along with the server that you just started (It should take about 10 - 15 minutes to complete setup). Once this is done, it will say "Running" under status.

Rust server products

Step 8.

When you select your rust server it will take you to the area that you manage said rust server, within Vultr. At this point, you are ready to remote access into the server and start installing your rust server client. Select "Download RDP connection" (This is the laptop button 3rd across from "Password"). It will ask you to put in your username and password. These are located next to the button you just clicked to open the RDP.

Rust Servers Manage

Step 9.

Download WindowsGSM onto your server, you can find the link here. WindowsGSM (Windows Game Server Manager) is exactly what it's named.

It is a game server manager that has the ability to manage a variety of different game servers, all in one place with the click of a few buttons. This will take out a lot of the hard work needed to start your own rust server.

Please Note: The windows server doesn't come with the appropriate dependencies (.NET Framework 4.7.2) make sure you download this onto the server. Once you have installed this, restart the server and you will be able to open WindowsGSM.

Windows dependencies

Step 10.

Now that WindowsGSM is installed on your server you are able to start the program and install Rust.

WindowsGSM Install

The final thing is to select the "Game Server" as Rust and give it a name. Click "Install" and wait a few minutes. That's it! Your server is now live.

No need to port forward. Just send out your IP address and anyone from around the world can join.

rust server GSM

How Do I Join A Rust Server By IP?

Sometimes finding a server through the in-game search console is difficult. Even putting the entire name in doesn't guarantee it will popup. This is why "Direct Connect" or joining a Rust server by IP works wonders.

To start you will need the IP address of the server you want to join. This can be found either on the server's website, on a Rust supported website (Such as justwiped), or from a friend.

Use the command: "client.connect"

The above zeros represent the server IP ( and the port number (:0000) An example of this would look like: "client.connect"


Now that your server is up and running (As vanilla) you can either leave it and let everyone enjoy Rust in its entire glory or you can easily mod the server through oxide (Rusts modding files). Please let us know in the comments if you have any issues, we frequent these blogs regularly and try to keep them updated to make it as easy as possible.

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