The only thing more important than starting your Rust server is maintaining it – and for that, you must wipe!

Today I’ll walk you through all steps of a wipe, including options like wiping blueprints, updating your server, and wiping modded plugin data, if applicable!

Wiping your Rust Server

An example my_server_identity folder
  1. Navigate to server / my_server_identity and delete all .map and .sav files. Deleting these will permanently erase your current map, so make sure you’re 100% sure.
  2. So that nobody spawns in with a death message on their screen, delete the player.deaths.3.db file.
  3. Optional: If you want to wipe blueprints, delete the player.blueprints.3.db file.
  4. Stop / shut down your server, if you haven’t already.

Generate a New Map

  1. Set a new seed. Navigate to server / my_server_identity / cfg / server.cfg and change the line that says server.seed to a new, random number. This can be anything between 0 and 2,147,483,647, so mash your keyboard with your forehead or use a random number generator like this one from Google.
  2. If you want a different sized map than before, in the same place that you updated your seed, change the server.worldsize line. This can be anything between 2,000 and 8,000. Be aware – 4,000 is the minimum to spawn large monuments like the new Excavator!

If you have custom launch options for your server and you change any of these variables in there, update the launch options to reflect the changes you made to your server.cfg. If you don’t know what this means, you’re probably OK.

(Optional) Update your Server Name

  • Navigate to server / my_server_identity / cfg / server.cfg and change the line that says server.hostname to your new server name. Many server owners like to add tags like the date wiped, or “Just Wiped” in the title to attract new players.

(Modded Only) Wipe Plugin Data

You’ll want to clear any data where the plugin stores important information that should only remain for one wipe, like Automatic Authorization plugins, Clan plugins, etc. This may vary from plugin-to-plugin so if you want to err on the safe side, be sure to check your plugins’ documentation.

  • Navigate to oxide / data and delete the .json files for the plugins which you’d like to wipe.

Updating your Rust Server

Our host’s quick update button

If it’s the first Thursday of the month you’ll want to update your Rust server or nobody will be able to connect! If your host has a quick Update Server Files button or something similar, give that a press! Otherwise if you’re going through SteamCMD, run the following command

login anonymous
force_install_dir {directory}
app_update 258550

(replace {directory} with your server’s directory)

Finally, boot up your server! 🙂