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Published September 28, 2023       2 minute read

How to Set a Custom Map on Rust

Learn how to set a custom map on your Rust game server and create a unique gaming experience for your players. We'll walk you through the process step by step.

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Adding a custom map to your Rust game server can breathe new life into your server community and create a truly unique gaming experience. In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps to set up a custom map on your Rust server.

Backup Your Server

Before making any changes, it’s crucial to back up your Rust server to ensure you can easily revert to the previous state if needed. You can do this by accessing your server’s control panel or using FTP to download your server files. To do this, simply backup the folders using the Backups tab.

Download or Create Your Custom Map

To set a custom map, you’ll need a map file. You can either download one from a trusted Rust map repository or create your own using RustEdit or another map editor. Make sure the map file is in the correct format (usually .map) and is compatible with the Rust server version you’re running. You can find Rust custom maps online by searching for Rust custom maps or Rust map repository.

Upload the Custom Map

Once you have your custom map file, you’ll need to upload it somewhere on the internet. We recommend using a file hosting service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Make sure the file is publicly accessible and that you have the direct link to the file. If you’re using Dropbox don’t forget to add dl=1 to the end of the link.

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Update Server Configuration

RocketNode has streamlined the process, allowing you to change your map effortlessly through the Startup tab by simply entering your map’s direct link into the CUSTOM MAP URL field.

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Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up a custom map on your Rust game server. Your players will now enjoy a fresh and unique gaming environment. Custom maps can breathe new life into your server community and keep players engaged, so get creative and provide your community with a one-of-a-kind Rust experience.

Adding a custom map is just one way to enhance your Rust server. Experiment with different maps, gather player feedback, and continue to improve your server to create an unforgettable Rust gaming experience.

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