What is GTA RP? GTA 5 RP best servers, how to play, and latest news

If you're looking to play as a peaceful shop clerk or a police officer in GTA RP then our guide will show you how to download the best GTA roleplaying servers.

GTA roleplaying guides

What is GTA RP and how do you download it? All this will be familiar to anyone who has used Skyrim’s Alternate Start mods – GTA RP allows you to join the game as a regular NPC as opposed to any of the main characters thanks to the installation of a mod.

The trend of roleplaying has been around for years as it proves to be quite idyllic – instead of being thrust into the spotlight, you can live out a normal life and inhabit whatever character you’d like to be. If you still want to tinker with one of the best PC games, here are all the GTA 5 cheats So, what are the best GTA 5 RP servers?

What is GTA RP?

GTA RP has taken off thanks to the rise in popularity among Twitch streamers. The GTA RP multiplayer mod allows you to live your stories in the game, choosing one of many servers. Those servers’ inhabitants have formed businesses, gangs and coalitions, and social structures in a pseudo-fantasy roleplay imitating the extremes of real life.

Some servers are so strict on roleplaying that even asking for help navigating the menus or the game will cause you to break the rules, while some are much more lenient and kinder to beginners. You’ll know the best GTA RP server for you based on our lists below. Bear in mind that some servers will require an invite to join.

Most servers host a wide array of options and don’t abide by a specific theme, per se. Typically, each site has its own website where they set out which specific mods to download to join, alongside various forums where you can chat with people who have taken up a similar profession to you.

Some servers are more hardcore than others regarding the amount of immersion they expect you to provide, but most ask you not to break character or engage in senseless violence. In fact, if you do, it’s a good way to earn the ire of those roleplaying as cops.

Anyone that owns a copy of GTA 5 on PC can play GTA RP, but it varies hugely from the in-game online version of the multiplayer mode. You’ll also need to access the modified client using FiveM, who recently signed a direct deal with Rockstar, or Grand Theft Multiplayer.

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How to download GTA RP server mods

The installation of a mod is key, but different GTA RP servers will ask you to download different ones. The most popular is FiveM. To download it head to their website and follow the steps they have laid out:

  • Disable any antivirus before you download FiveM. Some antivirus vendors like Avast, AVG, and others are known to block FiveM procedures, so make sure your antivirus is fully turned off
  • Add FiveM to the whitelist/exclusions of your antivirus
  • Make sure you have installed and updated GTA V
  • Download FiveM off the website
  • Run FiveM.exe. If you run the installer in an empty folder, FiveM will install there. Otherwise, it will install in %localappdata%\FiveM
  • Start FiveM from your Windows start menu

It should also be noted that while they do ask you to switch off your antivirus, they are working on a solution. Another option if you don’t want to go through with that download is the RageMP client, which is used by the popular Eclipse Roleplay server.

How to join a GTA RP server

Joining and maintaining your status on a GTA RP server takes some work. Most servers will ask you to fill out an application and read a set of rules – if you’d like an example, TwitchRP’s ruleset is just a click away. Once your application has been accepted you’ll join a queue where you can ascend the priority based on well you follow the rules.

You’ll have to jump through some hoops, but it seems to be a necessary step to stop each server from crashing, or from letting anyone in who would ruin the fun.

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The best GTA RP servers to get you started

Each server works to a similar cadence and aims to offer the most flexible experience possible by allowing you to play as anything from a cab driver to a news anchor. Because of that, a lot of these servers can be quite similar but they can differ in scale and accessibility. Because of that, we’ve sifted through a few to get you started.

NoPixel

This is one of the most popular servers you could hope to join, but it’s also the hardest. NoPixel only supports 32 players at a time and is frequented by Lirik, Moonmoon, and Summit1G. It’s no surprise, then, that it had to suspend applications as over 4,000 people applied.

That said, applications won’t be down forever and you could still have a chance to roleplay with some of Twitch’s biggest streamers – especially if you can roleplay quite well.

Eclipse RP

Another one of GTA RP’s heavy hitters, this server hosts 200 players at one given time. One of its more impressive features is how detailed its forum section is – clearly laying out oodles of crime factions for you to join – ranging from the Los Santos Irish Mob to The Clowns. There are also post spots for specific jobs like Los Santos Customs and Los Santos Medical Services.

Do be warned though, Eclipse RP appears to be another one of GTA RP’s premier servers, you’re time on the waiting list may prove lengthy.

GTA World

This server stands out as it’s entirely text-based, meaning those of us who aren’t up to chatting with strangers have a place to go to give GTA RP a whirl. Much like the others, there’s a sign-up process for GTA World, and according to the website, there are currently 500 members.

Even if you’re not an accepted member though, you can noodle around the forums and see what kind of factions are in play.

Mafia City

This roleplay server is two years in the making and it’s now available for signups. It comes with a “dynamic” legal and illegal group system, customizable player businesses and corporations, and every property is for sale, too. Apartments, houses, hotels, and condos – you name it. Mafia City also gives you the option to play as a cop, gangster, or a money-hungry CEO.

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GTA RP forum tips

From the easily guessable to the more unorthodox, there are a lot of slang terms you’re going to bump into on the forums and, more importantly, in the rulebook. To save stepping on anyone’s toes and falling down the pecking order, we’ve wrangled a few terms together that may trip you up.

  • RP: roleplay
  • OOC: out of character
  • LOOC: local out-of-character
  • IC: in character
  • CK: character kill
  • PK: player kill
  • ERP: erotic roleplay
  • RDM: random deathmatch

And there you go, plenty of details on GTA RP to get you started. From how to download it, to some servers to join, too. With the roleplaying fandom at its peak on Grand Theft Auto V, there’s never been a better time to dive in and try it out. If you do decide to take the plunge, we hope this guide helps.

While you’re whiling away the hours in GTA RP, don’t forget that the GTA 6 release date is on the horizon, and we’ve finally seen that elusive first trailer. Check out all of the GTA 6 cars we spotted while watching it 47 times in quick succession, and keep an eye on the GTA 6 soundtrack we’ve heard so far.

Additional contributions by Gina Lees.