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Setting up the RustAdmin RCON tool

Last updated: 07/02/19
written by  Nodecraft Staff

What is an "RCON" tool?

Rust has no console by default, so there's no normal way to issue commands to the server from inside the game, or from the Nodecraft control panel.

To issue commands to the server, you will need to use what is called an "RCON" tool, which stands for "remote console". Without the RCON tool, the server is a black box, and you have no idea what it's doing internally.

The RCON will create a two-way connection with the server, allowing you to send it commands, and then see output and confirmations from those commands running.

Enable RCON Access on your Rust Server

Before you even install or use an RCON tool, you need to change some settings on the Nodecraft control panel for your Rust Server to allow RCON connections from an RCON tool.

Click on "Game Settings" on the leftmost side of the Nodecraft server control panel, and then click the "Advanced" tab on the blue bar across the middle of the screen.

A view of the nodecraft game settings control panel, showing how to enable RCON access

On this page, change the following:

  • Set the RCON port to "28017"

  • Enter an RCON password

  • Click the "Enable Web RCON" box

then click "save" at the bottom of that screen to save all those settings. Your Rust server is now set up to receive RCON connections.

Download and setup RustAdmin

You can download RustAdmin at https://www.rustadmin.com/. It will download as a zip file.

You do not need to "install" it. Simply unzip the package, open the folder inside and it's ready to be used wherever you unzipped it.

Start RustAdmin, and Configure it

To use RustAdmin, double click on the RustAdmin.exe file.

The file contents of RustAdmin zip package showing the exe file to run

and you should see the following appear.

A view of the main screen of RustAdmin showing the configuration tab

Enter Connection Information on the Configuration Screen

Change the settings on this page and save it. Once you've entered all this information on the configuration screem, it will allow you to connect to your server by simply clicking on one button later on.

  • Change RCON type to "WebRcon"

  • Enter the server port for Rust, 28015

  • Enter the RCON port you set earlier, 28017

  • Enter the RCON password you set earlier.

Save those changes.

A view of the configuration screen for RustAdmin

Connect to the Server with RCON

To make a connection to your Rust server, click on the "server" button on the dark grey bar at the top of the RustAdmin window, then click "connect". It should form an connection based on the information you entered on the configuration screen.

a view of rustadmin, showing the server connection button

If everything is set up correctly, you will see "connected" in green letters in the lower left edge of the window.

a view of the connection indicator in rustadmin

Unless something is currently happening on the Rust server, you probably won't see any thing else happening on other parts of the screen. You will generally only see something appear in the console section of RustAdmin if you have run a command.

Entering Commands in the RCON Window

You can enter commands in the lowest box, and you will see output from those commands appear in the console window above.

A view of RustAdmin showing the area to enter commands

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