How to Install Oxide/uMod on a RUST Server

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So you have a dedicated Rust server hosting up and running? Chances are, you need or already have oxide on the Rust server your own. With the oxide mod, you’re easily able to navigate and modify features that range from extra inventory space for a backpack to full economy rewards in the completion of certain tasks.

As server owners more often wish to offer its RUST players with unique and customized gaming experiences, they make use of Oxide.

What is Oxide? 

It’s a framework popular for the modding platform which allows installation and management of RUST server plugins for RUST server owners. These server plugs are also known as mods, which are small portions of code to enable extra functionality.

On a side note, having been previously called by the name Oxide, it is currently called uMod.

Why you should install Oxide to rust server?

There are lots of reasons behind installing Oxide to your rust server. Some of which are below:

  • It installs many free as well as popular plugins
  • Creates a white-listed or private server
  • Provides you with kits containing equipment and resources
  • Enables a variety of play modes like PVP, PVE and more
  • Launches custom server events
  • Modifies the loot tables across the map
  • Adds admin
  • It changes the resource gather rates

Here are the 3 easy and essential steps to get started on manually installing uMod/oxide.

  1. Download uMod

The first step on getting started would be to download the latest available version of uMod/oxide.

  • Go to the uMod/oxide website
  • Once on the website, select Rust
  • Click download for the latest version (avoid downloading older versions)
  • If you are using Windows OS, it’ll download under the name Oxide. Rust, for Linux OS, will come under the name ‘Oxide.Rust-linux.zip’
  • Once uMod/oxide is downloaded, you have to stop your server

Avoid uMod/oxide versions that can’t meet or match up with the protocol version as well as the build date of the RUST server.

If your uMod/oxide version happens to exceed the protocol version of the server, make sure to update it to the latest version. Mismatched versions can often cause all kinds of unexpected errors to happen.

If you are updating your Rust server, you’ll have to turn the setting “Enable Automatic Updates” back to Enabled. Save the setting and then restart the server. After this, you’ll have to reinstall uMod/oxide.

  1. Install to a RUST server

Once you have finished downloading the files, you have to install it.

For Windows OS

  • Navigate through the root directory (default system folder) of the server
  • Once inside the folder, look for a single directory named ‘RustDedicated_Data’
  • This directory name must match the directory with the same found in your servers root directory
  • Copy this folder and paste it into the root directory of your server and overwrite the existing files

For Linux OS

  • Upload the Linux zip (Oxide.Rust-linux.zip) file to the servers base directory
  • Once uploaded, tap the unzip button located on top of the FTP page
  • Once you have unzipped the files, head to the control panel and Files>Config Files then choose the option Rust Server Settings
  • Locate automatic updates, change it back to false
  • Start your server to complete your Rust installation
  1. uMod/oxide verification

After the uMod/oxide files have completed copying to the server, you have to take the final step of installation. This is to verify that the uMod/oxide has been installed successfully.

Firstly, make sure you have the RUST server up and running and complete its start-up process. After this, you can check the uMod/oxide version by running the given command through the console tab:


Using the protocol version of the year 2018, here’s what the output of the given command should look like:

Protocol: 2137.172.1

Build date: 12/06/2018 12:11:09

Unity Version: 2018.1.4fl

Changeset: 30677

Branch: main 

oxide.Rust Version: 2.0.4094

Once your RUST server starts responding to the correct uMod/oxide version, it’ll mean that it has been successfully set up and installed. After this, you are now ready to start adding and installing uMod/oxide plugins.

Where to get plugins?

Plugins for uMod/oxide can be found at the uMod website. Once you get to the website interface, select the plugins option which offers you an extensive list for free as well as premium paid plugins.

Currently, there is a supply of 917 plugins from the uMod/oxide website. Whitelisted plugins will be downloaded under a single file named whitelist.cs.

For installing uMod/oxide Rust plugins, you can do so at the given location /rust/oxide/plugins/ in your FTP. Make sure to restart your server after installation in order to load the plugin. Then, you can edit the configuration files for the plugin at the location /rust/oxide/config/ in your FTP.

Final say

For the Rust gaming world, these uMod/oxide modes continue to be an essential feature giving users the unique taste of effortlessly modifying and optimizing added gaming features. This is easily a great game changer!

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