Rigs of Rods
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Rigs of Rods

Rigs of Rods is a free/libre soft-body physics simulator mainly targeted at simulating vehicle physics. The soft-body physics system is based on mass-spring-damper theory. For a simple overview of the features Rigs of Rods provides please refer to Things you can do in Rigs of Rods.pdf

Supported platforms:

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • OS X

Further documentation


Available commands depend on the vehicle you are in. For a graphical overview refer to keysheet.pdf For an indepth view refer to $user/.rigsofrods/config/input.map Please note that certain vehicles come with their own specific commands not represented in the above sources. In this case see the vehicle's documentation or go to Menu -> Simulation -> Show vehicle description. Rigs is Rods can also be played with Gamepads, Joysticks, Wheels and other controllers, including support for Force Feedback.

Basic controls:

key effect
arrow keys move, steer, accelerate, decelarate
mouse+rightclick rotate camera
mousewheel+rightclick camera zoom
C change camera perspective
T display vehicle stats
BACKSPACE reset vehicle at current location
I reset vehicle to spawnpoint
TAB show minimap
ESC show menu
A/Z trucks: shift up/down
CTRL+HOME aircrafts: start engine
Page Up/Down aircrafts: increase/decrease throttle
F1/F2 helicopters: lift up/down
Print Screen create screenshot in $user/ folder


Rigs of Rods only comes with a very small selection of vehicles and terrains. For the best experience download some mods from the Rigs of Rods Mod Repository. The Showroom Subforum may contain additional content not found in the Mod Repository. If you want to get going quickly have a look at modpacks which can be found in the Mod Repository as well.

Configuration files

  • Default location: $user/config/*
  • They are created by RoRConfig on first use

Command-line options

  • -map <mapname>
  • loads map <mapname> on startup. Example:
    • * RoR.exe -map aspen
  • note: do not add .terrn file format extension
  • -truck <truckfile>
  • loads a truck on startup. Example:
    • * RoR.exe -map oahu -truck semi.truck
    • * RoR.exe -map oahu -truck an-12.airplane
  • -enter
  • enter selected truck by -truck option on startup
  • -setup
  • displays OGRE3D settings dialog instead of loading settings from ogre.cfg
  • -help
  • displays help for command line arguments

License of Rigs of Rods

Copyright (c) 2005-2013 Pierre-Michel Ricordel Copyright (c) 2007-2013 Thomas Fischer Copyright (c) 2009-2015 Rigs of Rods Contributors

Rigs of Rods went open source under GPLv2 or later on the 8th of February, 2009.

Rigs of Rods is now licensed under GPLv3 or later:

Rigs of Rods is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

Rigs of Rods is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Rigs of Rods. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.