RUST Server Name Command and Variable

The RUST Server Name (Hostname)

The RUST server name is a RUST server setting that can be configured and modified by server owners and admins. It’s primary purpose is for server owners to name, label or title their RUST server, while limited to 60-70 characters in length.

Server name’s are the very first thing players will see when selecting a server to play on. Because of this, the server name must be carefully crafted. The server name is actually indexed so that it can be searched in the server browser. Players will use the search tool to narrow down RUST server names that contain their specific search queries.

This is the secondary level of filtering servers. The first level of filtering begins with the categorical selection.  Players must first choose a category of servers, which defaults to Official. There are three other selections available: Community, Modded or Local Servers.

Focus on the top 3 most important features of a server

Players will make snap decisions based solely on a RUST server’s name, so take advantage of this fact. This is followed by the server’s population. If the name is not appealing and informative, its chances of being clicked on are low. With the limited character space, it’s important to focus. Be sure to include the actual server name or title and then focus on the top 3 features of the server. Compliment the server name by also setting up a strong RUST server description.

Getting players to double click on a server name is really the main objective of the server name and description. This is aided by having a strong understanding of how these server properties work together to tell the story of your server. Remember, first impressions are critical. A RUST server name that is well fashioned can be the different between someone scrolling past it or never having found it in a search.

Utilize the allotted space in the server name. Aim to provide information that RUST players are looking for and most importantly align with your server type. Think of it like an elevator pitch for your RUST server. Make it enticing for potential players to click on. For instance, you can use just-wiped.net to see some quality examples.

Information to consider including in the RUST server name:

  • Date of the last map wipe
  • Date of the last blueprint wipe
  • Wipe cycle frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly?)
  • Server type, such as vanilla, modded
  • If modded, list the most important mod
  • Map type, such as Custom, Barren, Hapis and Proc Gen
  • Team size limitations
  • Geographic location
  • The primary language

A few practical reasons for using the RUST server name:

  • Creating and setting up a new RUST server
  • Editing or removing a RUST server name
  • Useful for “A/B testing” and experimenting
  • Making enhancements to increase server population
  • Providing information about frequently asked questions
  • Advertising a special event or feature of the server

Who can enter the RUST server name command and variable

The RUST server name is a command and server variable that can be set in a start up file, configuration file or issued through a command line console by RUST server admins and moderators.  Non-admin players do not have access or the ability to set, edit, or remove a RUST server name.

How to use the RUST server name command and variable

There are two primary methods for setting, editing or removing the RUST server name. Each methods has it’s own pros and cons.

Method 1: Issue as a console command

  • Enter the server name command, listed below, into the server console, in-game console, or RCON console.
  • Using this method, any changes to the server name will take effect immediately.
  • Keep in mind, this method is temporary. The server configuration file is not over-written, so if the server restarts it will be lost.

Method 2: Update the server configuration file

  • Add the variable -server.hostname "" into the server’s configuration file.
  • Open and modify the server.cfg file directly, which is located in the following directory.
     /server/*your-server-identity*/cfg/
  • Using this method, the server name will be updated upon the server restarting.
  • Keep in mind, if the server restarts for any reason, it will re-read the value from the server.cfg file, making it the “permanent” solution.

RUST server.hostname command syntax (1 of 1)

  • This command is used to set and modify a custom RUST server name.
  • There’s no default server name value provided for Vanilla servers.
  • Server providers sometimes add their own advertisement as a default, so be sure to remove it.

Get the current RUST server name 

Use the command below to report the current configuration:

server.hostname

On success the console will display:

server.hostname: ""

Set, edit and update the RUST server name

Use the command below to set, edit or update the server name (example text provided between the quotes):

server.hostname: “[US West] Corrosion Hour | No Decay | Wiped: 5/4”

On success the console will display:

server.hostname: "[US West] Corrosion Hour | No Decay | Wiped: 5/4"

On the RUST server browser screen, it will display as:

[US West] Corrosion Hour | No Decay | Wiped: 5/4

Remove the RUST server name

Use the command below to remove the server name:

server.hostname “”

On success the console will display:

server.hostname: ""

On the server browser screen, it will display as:

N/A

*Note that a server without a name/hostname set will not appear in the server browser screen.