Rust has a huge community, and, unfortunately, the built-in server list is not enough for some people. The built-in server list lacks many options such as kits, pve, mods, and more. Now that the game is in the community’s hands, they can mod it to their hearts content. But with if I don’t like default and want to fly planes or something with other players. How would I find people who would want to play with me? That is where this guide to Rust server lists comes in. This guide will show some of the popular Rust server lists, listing the pros and cons of each.
Quick tip: To connect to a Rust server, press f1 to open the console and type client.connect IP. Replace IP with the ip of the server you would like to connect to and enjoy!
With over 5,000 servers listed, rustserverslist.net is a model server list. There are over 250 pages of servers listed, with 20 servers on each page. That should keep you busy enjoying the many communities in Rust. The server list includes the IP and port, host name, player count, mod, fake population, version, map, status, and ping. Each category is independently sortable alphabetically and numerically.
Rust Servers List is owned and operated by RustDB.net Rust DB is a database that contains player bans, maps, and support tickets for servers. These people are obviously very experienced in their web design as well. The site has a nice, clean interface that also interacts well with mobile devices and tablets. On top of the interface, there is also a Frequently Asked Questions page for those who want to learn more information, such as if the server list supports cracked servers. Unfortunately, they do not, but that’s what you get for being a pirate, I guess.
Rust Servers List pales in comparison to Top Rust Servers in many ways. First of all, Top Rust Servers has 1661 pages of servers, with 10 on each page. Rust Servers list only has 5000 servers. Top Rust Servers also has a Tumblr blog, updating you on the current status of the website and future updates. Top Rust Servers also owns rustmap.net, a website with a map of the Rust Island. The map includes town/loot spots, area names, grids, pictures, and area colors.
Top Rust Servers website design is also quite stylish. It has a white background with a cool black tab menu at the top. At the top right you can search for a server by name and IP. In the top right corner is also a server filter where you can choose between over 30 options to find the server that’s right for you. All in all, Top Rust Servers is a big step up from the previous server list.
Rust Server Finder shares a similar design to Top Rust Servers.com, but it lacks many features, such as the server filter options. Server filtering is a crucial feature for any experienced Rust player. It separates the casuals who are still running around naked from those who like looting random shacks with clans and kits. On top of the server filters, Rust Server Finder also does not have nearly as many servers. There are only 1774 registered servers. The only redeeming factor I’ve not seen on the other websites so far are website statistics. There is a category on the right side of the page that shows the amount of servers, players online, votes, newest servers, and recently updated servers.
On the tab menu there is also what appears to be a “Resources “and “Help” drop down menu. I would tell you about that page, but I can’t get the page to load for some reason. When I tried to enter /resources at the end of the url, I got redirected to a 404 page for UnturnedServers.com featuring pictures of cats on someone’s Instagram. RustServerFinder.com is a server list, and a server list only, unfortunately.
Second to last on our list of Rust server lists is Top G. Top G only has 608 servers, the lowest amount of servers thus far. However, it is not nearly as bad as Rust Server Finder. Top G has many more options than Top Rust Servers though. You can sort by over 45 types of servers, over 50 countries, and player count. Of course, there is also the normal server name search option if you forget the IP for your favorite server.
Top G also has ranks their servers based on votes. This system is supposed to be able to bring popular good servers to the top while keeping bad servers at the bottom. This system is hindered however with new, unpopular servers that can be very good that are lower on the list. Being a Minecraft server owner a few years back, I do not like this system. You can also pay to advertise your server at the top of this list or as a side banner. Other than my rant on ranked servers, there is a FAQ, Contact, Advertising, and a Voting Check page. The web design is solid at best.
Reddit is known for being the “front page of the internet.” Reddit also has a very interesting community. It’s meta in many ways. Reddit allows people to create their own pseudo forum which can create their own little nitch communities called subreddits. One of those subreddits is /r/playrustservers. /r/PlayRustServers subreddit has a nice looking stylesheet that is very pleasing to the eye. Reddit allows people to “upvote” and “downvote” posts that are supposed to rank servers. I actually like this method of voting though. The difference between /r/PlayRustServers and Top G is that Reddit moves servers down the list after a period of time. Servers with a lot of upvotes will not stay at the top forever, unlike Top G.
If you wanted to view servers ranked by upvotes, there is a tab menu that allows you to sort based on new, rising, controversial, top, and gilded. The top button in particular allows you to sort by the top upvoted servers from all time, past 24 hours, past week, past month, and past year. The new option sorts by newly posted servers. It’s an ideal system for those who don’t generally like to venture outside of their favorite website.