RUST Server Restart Command, Hints and Tips

RUST Server Restart Command

The RUST server restart command

The RUST server restart command is used for restarting a RUST game server. This command simultaneously displays a count down message inside of the global chat, that notifies all players of the impending server reboot. In addition to this, it will perform a last-second server save before the restart is initiated. This makes it especially useful to RUST server admins that need to restart their servers while there are active players on it. The last-second server save helps prevent “rollbacks” to previously saved instances.

Who can enter the RUST server restart command

On Vanilla RUST servers, the RUST server restart command can only be initiated by RUST admins and moderators.  If you’re a regular player, you will not be able to initiate this command. Many RUST server hosting companies have configurable options available for easily setting up scheduled restarts.

RUST being in the early stages of development is not fully optimized and is prone to memory leaks appearing. Restarting a server can help offset the build-up of memory being consumed. It’s advised to give server moderators the ability to manage this as well.

How to use the RUST server restart command 

Before initiating the restart command, ensure the following:

  • Let active players know when the server is coming down
  • Give at least 5 minutes so players can get somewhere safe to log out
  • Provide a reason for why the server is coming down
  • Give a rough time estimate of when the server’s expected to be back online

The RUST server restart command is usable from both the in-game console and RCON platforms. While in the game, press the F1 key to open the in-game console and type in the  RUST server restart command syntax listed below, then press enter.

RUST server restart command (1 of 1)

  • The server restart command is used to restart the RUST server.
  • This command accepts two parameters, the number of seconds until the server restart initiates and a message to display to players.
  • This command, with no parameter passed to it, will automatically restart the server in 300 seconds.

Initiating a RUST server restart

restart <seconds> <message>

On success the console will display:

Restarting in <seconds> seconds

On success the server chat will display:

SERVER Restarting: <Message>
SERVER Restarting in <seconds> seconds (<message>)!

Canceling a RUST server restart

  • The server restart command is used to cancel an impending server restart.
  • Simply pass a negative value as a parameter to the restart command.
  • The restart will be immediately canceled and no notification messages will be displayed.

restart -1

On success the console will display:

 N/A

On success the server chat will display:

SERVER Restart interrupted!

About dg

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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2 Comments on “RUST Server Restart Command, Hints and Tips”

  1. You may use this command as follows, I tested it a few minutes ago on my server:
    restart “message” for example, typing restart 120 “Don’t wander too far off!” into your console will cause the server to restart within the next 120 seconds and will display the message “Don’t wander too far off”.

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