RUST Vanish Plugin (How to Install, Configure & Use)

What is the Vanish plugin?

Vanish is a RUST plugin that enables admins or players with adequate permissions the ability to disappear and reappear from the sight of other players. Created by Wulf, Vanish is now patched and supported by Whispers88The Vanish plugin is free to use and available for download on uMod. It is a favorite plugin amongst the RUST admin community due to its ongoing utility as an information-gathering tool.

Potential reasons to use the Vanish plugin

As indicated by its imaginative name, Vanish allows those players with the proper permissions to disappear from the sight of all players and cease making most noises. While actively “vanished,” the invisible party can use all commands they would otherwise have permission to use. Players under the effect of Vanish do not make footstep noises and, short of firing a gun or hitting something with a weapon, make no other sound.

Additional features that the Vanish plugin provides, permissions pending, include:

  • The ability to access any locked entity within the game space
  • Capacity to damage players or entities while invisible
  • Toggle invisibility on or off, either through command or bind
  • NoClip on Vanish
  • Remain Vanished while disconnected
  • Disable fly hack detection for players while they are Vanished
  • Immunity to hunger or thirst while Vanished
  • Reset hunger/hydration levels when unvanishing
  • Scare the wits out of players by emitting an audible noise (configurable) when vanishing or unvanishing

Installing the Vanish plugin

As with all uMod plugins, the server you intend to install them on requires uMod (Oxide) to be installed to facilitate their function. For a step-by-step perspective on how to install this plugin, please reference the following list:

  1. First, you must have uMod/Oxide installed on your server. Use our Installing uMod (Oxide) on Your RUST server guide if you need help; otherwise, if you use a third-party hosting, their user interface will have instructions on how to get started. It may be tooled explicitly to their platform, so reach out to your host for details.
  2. Acquire the latest version of the plugin from uMod’s Vanish page or download the CS file directly.
  3. Locate the downloaded Vanish.cs file and install the plugin on your RUST server, or follow your host-specific instructions.
  4. Once Vanish is installed in the plugins folder, and if the server is actively running, uMod will immediately create an alternate Vanish.json file in your config folder. It is essential to differentiate these files and not mistake them, as you must make configuration changes in the .json file in the config folder. 

Additional dependencies

Like many other uMod plugins, Vanish may work as a standalone mod or in conjunction with other select mods. A complete list of such mods includes:

Vanish permissions

As with all uMod plugins, they will each have a small list of plugin-specific permissions. Make sure you reference our uMod Permissions Guide to better understand the Oxide.grant permission system. Specific permission command lines for Vanish include:

Vanish.allowThis permission is required for any group or individual the server owner wishes to have the vanish capability.
Vanish.damagePending ‘Use OnEntityTakeDamage hook’ being set to true in the Vanish.json config file, this permission will allow a group or user to damage players or entities while invisible.
Vanish.permanentThis permission forces players within the permission group designated always to be invisible
Vanish.unlockThis permission is required for any group or individual the server owner wishes to have the capacity to open locked entities while vanished.

Activation steps

Once installed and permitted to use the mod, players may activate it in-game via a simple vanish command in chat or by typing vanish in the F1 console.

By default, the configuration of the Vanish.json file should be adequate for most server owners’ purposes. To better understand potential option changes, this Vanish guide will go through the configuration file line by line as it pertains to the most commonly changed settings:

NoClip on Vanish (runs noclip command)TrueAltering this to false will simply disable the noclip command from running when Vanish is toggled on or off.
Use OnEntityTakeDamage hookFalseAltering this to true will enable vanished players to damage other players and entities.
Use CanUseLockedEntity hookTrueAltering this to false will enable vanished players to open or interact with locked entities.
Keep a vanished player hidden on disconnectTrueAltering this to false will make players that disconnect while vanished reappear to everyone, player and AI, in-game.
Turn off fly hack detection for players in vanishTrueNot advised to alter this, as it will cause admins using the noclip function to be kicked more frequently.
Disable metabolism in vanishTrueAltering this false means that non-god mode admins can starve to death while invisible.
Reset hydration and health on un-vanishingTrueAltering this to false will disable player hydration and health from restoring to their default setting upon leaving vanish.
Enable vanishing and reappearing sound effectsFalseSetting to true enables other players to hear your vanish noise.
Make sound effects publicFalseSetting to false disables sound effects.
Enable chat notificationsTrueSetting to false disables text notification of successful vanish
Sound effect to use when vanishingassets/prefabs/npc/patrol helicopter/effects/rocket_fire.prefabAdvanced: Alters sound to prefab specified, not advised for those unfamiliar with file pathing.
Sound effect to use when reappearing
assets/prefabs/npc/patrol helicopter/effects/rocket_fire.prefabAdvanced: Alters sound to prefab specified, not advised for those unfamiliar with file pathing.
Enable GUITrueDisplays a small icon specified by the below configurable URL.
Icon URL (.png or .jpg) allows for the custom image to display instead of the default ‘ghost’ image.
Image Color1 1 1 0.3Alters image color.
Image AnchorMin0.175 0.017Alters image position.
Image AnchorMax0.22 0.08Alters image position.

How to update the Vanish plugin

Updating the Vanish plugin is simple and quick:

  1. Visiting the uMod Vanish plugin page
  2. Download the latest version of the Vanish plugin
  3. Overwrite the existing Vanish.cs file in your Oxide plugins folder.

It is best practice not to uninstall the mod, as you do not need to alter the JSON file. It will remain with your existing settings (unless the developer otherwise suggests a complete reinstall).

How to remove the Vanish plugin

As the Vanish plugin doesn’t impact player experience or game features necessary to run processes within the game itself, removing the plugin is as simple as deleting Vanish.cs from your plugins folder. 

Suppose you want to disable the Vanish plugin for a short period. You can use the Oxide.unload Vanish command, which you may also run in the F1 console, RCON, or Web Console. While not necessary when uninstalling, players may also remove the Vanish.json file in the config folder after removing Vanish.cs, so that it doesn’t keep auto-generating.

Disclaimer and seeking assistance

Corrosion Hour does not maintain Vanish, nor do we assist with modifying the plugin outside the config scope. To support the creators, report bugs, or propose feature requests, please reach out to the developer of the plugin here. For help with steps and instructions found in this guide, please reach out to an admin via our discord.

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