How to Play Rust Solo Offline

If you're having a hard time playing on crowded Rust servers, then try out this method for playing Rust solo offline.

The new Rust players may have a really hard time adapting to the harsh environments of the game on well-established online servers flooded with experienced players, who will never let newcomers thrive.

That's why it's a good idea to start your own dedicated server to play solo for a while, making your way through the game step-by-step safely and without any pressure from the rest of the players. This guide will show you how to create your own server and play Rust solo offline.

How to Play Rust Solo Offline

Download Dedicated Server

The first thing you need to do is download and install the Rust dedicated server on your PC. You can download the official server package here.

Once you've downloaded the archive you need to extract it and follow these steps for installation:

  1. Go to the extracted "Rust Server" folder
  2. Locate the "Run_DS.bat" file and execute it
  3. Wait for the installation to complete

After the installation is over you can start the game as usual, but with the dedicated server installed on your PC.

Configure Dedicated Server

Start Rust on your PC and follow these steps to configure the server:

  1. Press F1 to open the console
  2. Enter the following line into the console: client.connect localhost:28015
  3. Press Enter and wait for the new game to start

As soon as the new game begins you should be playing on your own dedicated server regardless if you're online or offline. One thing is certain -  there will be no other player except you on this server, which will allow you to explore the world of Rust without any hassle from the outside.

That's all you need to know on how to create your own server and play Rust solo offline. For more Rust tips and tricks articles, be sure to visit our dedicated hub page.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Jan. 14th 2021

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