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Creating a Game with Rojo

Creating the Rojo Project

Rojo has a built-in command to initialize a new game project.

First, open up a terminal window, like cmd.exe on Windows or Bash. Navigate to where you'd like to store your new project and run

rojo init my-new-game

Rojo will create a folder named my-new-game if it doesn't already exist and create everything you need to get started.

Building Your Place

Now that we have a project, one thing we can do is build a Roblox place file for our project. This is a great way to get started with a project quickly with no fuss.

All we have to do is run rojo build from inside the project's folder:

rojo build -o MyNewGame.rbxlx

If you open MyNewGame.rbxlx in Roblox Studio now, you should see a baseplate, as well as code in services like ReplicatedStorage.

Info

To generate a binary place file instead, use MyNewGame.rbxl. Note that support for binary model/place files (rbxm and rbxl) is currently very limited in Rojo.

Live-Syncing into Studio

Building a place file is great for starting to work on a game, but for active iteration, you'll want something faster.

In Roblox Studio, make sure the Rojo plugin is installed. If you need it, check out the installation guide to learn how to install it.

To expose your project to the plugin, you'll need to start a new live sync session from the command line:

rojo serve

You should see output like this in your terminal:

$ rojo serve
Rojo server listening:
  Address: localhost
  Port:    34872

Visit http://localhost:34872/ in your browser for more information

Switch into Roblox Studio and press the Rojo plugin toolbar button. A dialog should appear:

Rojo plugin connection dialog

If the port number doesn't match the output from the command line, change it, and then press Connect.

If all went well, you should now be able to change files in your project directory and watch them sync into Roblox Studio in real time!

You can also visit the URL printed by Rojo to access extra information about the running session.

Uploading Your Place

Aimed at teams that want serious levels of automation, Rojo can upload places to Roblox.com automatically.

You'll need an existing game on Roblox.com as well as the .ROBLOSECURITY cookie of an account that has write access to that game.

Warning

It's recommended that you set up a Roblox account dedicated to deploying your game instead of your personal account in case your security cookie is compromised.

Generating and publishing your game is as simple as:

rojo upload --asset_id [PLACE ID] --cookie "[SECURITY COOKIE]"

An example project is available on GitHub that deploys to Roblox.com via GitHub Actions automatically: Desert Bus 2077