Client Configuration


There are a number of ways to configure RustDesk clients to use your own self-hosted server, we will cover some below.

Manual Config

In the main RustDesk Client home click on the Menu button [ ⋮ ] next to your ID then click on Network, you can now unlock the settings using elevated privileges and set your ID, Relay, API and Keys.


Enter the hbbs host or IP Address in the ID Server input box (local side + remote side). The other two addresses can be left blank, RustDesk will automatically deduce (if not specially set), and the Relay Server refers to hbbr (port 21117).



Setup Using Import or Export

  1. Use the steps above to configure RustDesk Client on a Device.
  2. Using the above machine go to Settings then Network and unlock.
  3. Click on Export Server Config.
  4. Paste the copied string into Notepad or similar.
  5. Go to new client, copy the above to clipboard.
  6. Go to Settings then Network in RustDesk Client, unlock and click Import Server Config.
  7. It will automatically paste the settings in.
  8. Click Apply.

Automatic Config

The easiest way to setup automatically is using deployment scripts found here.

You can fix the Password is required and use a reverse Base64 string in the format {"host":"HOSTADDRESS","key":"HOSTKEY","api":"http://HOSTADDRESS:21114"} to automatically configure the clients, this is available automatically with RustDesk Server Pro via the console.

You can also use the steps from above to export the string, remove any = at the start or end of the string. Restart RustDesk client if settings don’t show.

Put config in rustdesk.exe file name (Windows only)

Change rustdesk.exe to rustdesk-host=<host-ip-or-name>,key=<public-key-string>.exe, e.g. rustdesk-host=,key=xfdsfsd32=32.exe. You can see the config result in the About Window below.

As a Pro user you will be able to retrieve the whole encrypted string from the web console then download and rename the RustDesk Client exe, you can upload this somewhere easy for your customers to use.

You need to set both host and key, missing either one will not work.

Optionally add a , (comma) character after the key, before the .exe part as a delimiter, to avoid the key being mangled if Windows or the browser renames the file when downloading duplicated names.

If there are invalid characters in the key which can not be used in a Windows file name, please remove the id_ed25519 file from your server and restart hbbs/hbbr. This will cause the file to regenerate. You may need to repeat this process until you get valid characters.


Logging your user in (RustDesk Server Pro)

To sign in with RustDesk Server Pro, ensure your client is setup correctly, click on Settings and click Account and then Login, enter username and password and then Login.

Taking Control of other machines

Before Taking Control when using with RustDesk Server Pro ensure you are logged in.

After that you can enter the client ID and password of the machine you want to take control of and click Connect.

Address book (RustDesk Server Pro)

To add devices to your address book, after you have connected to a device they will be in your recent sessions, next to the device you can now click the Menu button [ ⋮ ] and add to your address book, if you have saved the password and set permanent passwords on the client this will also be synced across devices you log in to to allow access from anywhere.

You can add and assign Tags in your address book to help organise devices as well as search for them.