Rust: How To Create A Single Player Server In Rust?

Do you wish to play Rust in single-player mode? This guide enlists all the steps required to create a single player server and play solo in Rust!

Rust has grown in popularity and thanks to the competition in-game, the single-player mode has gained more attention for beginners to practice. It felt necessary since most new players didn’t really get the resources to familiarize themselves with the game. Diving into the intensity that the game provides in the 100 player lobbies could be a bit overwhelming at times for these new players. If you’re a newbie to the game and wish to get familiar with how things work or simply want to play to strategize, this guide is for you! In order to assist you, we’ve listed it step-by-step. Follow the undermentioned to learn how you can play solo in Rust.

How to Play Single Player in Rust


When playing without a competitive environment, your game-sense can take time to promote strategy. You can make use of this time in Rust by playing in single-player mode. Use the steps below as a guide to play Rust in single player.

  1. Firstly, you’ll need to connect to the internet because you can’t play the game offline!
  2. Head to the SteamCMD website to download their command-line console which you’ll get in a zip folder.
  3. Now extract all files from the zip folder.
  4. You have to now download the server and get it ready.
  5. Run SteamCMD.exe from the folder and install it.
  6. In order to minimize issues, it’s highly recommended that you create a new account just for the single-mode servers.
  7. Log in to your steam account.
  8. On your very first run, SteamCMD will update automatically before entering you into a Steam> prompt.
  9.  In the prompt, enter login anonymous and wait for some indication after which you must enter the force_install_dir c:\rustserver\.
  10. In addition to the above, wait for the indication and then enter app_update 258550.
  11. Once this is complete, you can type quit.
  12. This will now initiate a Vanilla single-player server for Rust that you can play on.
  13. Now launch Rust.
  14. In order to connect the game to the server you just created, hit F1.
  15. A new command console window will open up in which you have to enter client.connect localhost:28015.
  16. All you need to do now is run this command and wait for the game to connect to the server.
  17. Congratulations! You’re now running a single-player server on Rust!

You can use this as a vague sandbox of sorts where you can explore, experiment, and strategize before you head into the really intense PvP lobbies in Rust! We hope this guide helped you and that you liked it! If you play Rust on consoles and have server issues, you can refer to this article that teaches you how to check Rust Console Server Status.