How to Add RUST Admins to Your Server

How to add RUST admins to your game server

Are you trying to add RUST admins or moderators on your new RUST game server? You can add RUST admins with these simple instructions for your RUST server. In its current state, RUST does not have an option for managing admin or moderator roles through the graphic user interface. In order to add RUST admins, it will require a little bit of console knowledge or access to the server files. There are a handful of methods for adding, removing, and managing roles on your RUST server. This post will cover how to add admin and moderator roles in simple, detailed steps.

Getting started adding Admins

For each user that you want to assign a role (owner admin, moderator) to, you will need their 64-bit Steam ID. You can get this ID for free through a great service called, SteamID I/O. In order to find the corresponding ID, simply input their steam name and browser through the returned Steam users to locate the correct user. Once you’ve identified them, record their 64-bit Steam ID, you will need this later to add admins in RUST.

RUST Experimental roles

As of August 16th, 2017, there are two roles in RUST:

  1. ownerid – This is an admin role that allows the creation and deletion of other admins.
  2. moderatorid – This is an admin without the ability to create and delete other admins.

How to add RUST admins when the server is online

Make sure to Enable RCON Web (Remote Console Tool)

If you have this enabled, skip to the next section. If you don’t have this enabled, you will first need to enable web-based RCON. This can be done by adding the following commands to your server’s startup configuration script:

+rcon.web true +rcon.ip +rcon.port 00000 +rcon.password “insert_password”

+rcon.web, this controls whether or not RCON is enabled for your server, this is effectively the on and off switch. When set to true, it will use WebSocket RCON. When set to false, it uses a deprecated source engine RCON.

+rcon.ip, this sets the IP address to bind RCON to. Some server hosts control this and will provide it for you.

+rcon.port, this is the port that will be used to listen for RCON. If you do not provide a port, RCON will use a default port. Some server hosts control this and will provide for you.

+rcon.password, this should be a secure password to be used for access to your RCON controls. Some server hosts control this and will provide it for you.

Once you’ve added this information to your startup script, you will need to restart your server so the settings take effect. With this enabled, you will now be able to add and remove owner admins and moderators on your RUST server through RCON platforms.

Once RCON is enabled

With RCON enabled, you can now login to your own game server and use the in-game console to add and remove owner admins and moderators. Note, the striked out text above is how legacy versions of RUST Administration used to work. You no longer will need to “login” to RCON, as connecting with the Steam ID that was granted permissions is enough to enable you to use the RUST admin commands.

  1. Open RUST and connect to your game server.
  2. Now enter into the console:

    ownerid “64_bit_steam_id” “optional_user_name” “optional_reason”

  3. Then enter into the console:


  4. Once these above commands have been run, the users added will need to log off and back on to the server to be granted their new roles. Inside your users.cfg file, you may not see the new entries until the server has been stopped and restarted.

How to add RUST admins when the server is offline

  1. You will need direct FTP or file system access to your game server. Use whichever method you are most comfortable with.
  2. Connect to the game server’s FTP or file system and navigate to the following folder:


  3. Open or create a new file with the following name and extension:


  4. For each user that you want to assign the owner admin role to, you will need their 64-bit Steam ID. You can use a great service called, SteamID I/O to find the corresponding ID. Simply input the role, 64-bit Steam ID, steam name (optional), reason (optional).
  5. Enter the following line, on a separate line, for each player you want to assign the owner admin role:

    ownerid “64_bit_steam_id” “optional_user_name” “optional_reason”

  6. If you want to add a moderator role, you will follow the same steps above, but instead, enter the following role:

    moderatorid “64_bit_steam_id” “optional_name” “optional_reason”

  7. You will then need to restart your game server in order for the changes to take effect.

Once you have set the owner admin or moderator roles in RUST’s “user.cfg” file, those users will have access to admin commands on that server. If you’re looking to remove rust admins remove the owner admin or moderator roles while the server is offline, you will need to perform the reverse operation. Find and remove the respective entry in the “user.cfg” file, then restart your server.

And voila! You’ve now learned how to add admins in RUST!

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About Digital Ghost

Dg is the founder and co-owner of Corrosion Hour, a niche gaming community established in 2016 focusing on the survival game RUST. He is an active and contributing member of numerous other RUST communities. As a community leader and server owner for over 15 years, he spends much of his time researching and writing guides about survival games, covering topics such as server administration, game mechanics, and community growth.

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