How to Create an ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server Guide

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Creating an ARK: Survival Evolved game server is an easy process that can be done from either a dedicated server or your home computer.

Server Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2008, Server 2012 & 64-Bit

Quad Core processor (requires up to 2 full cores)

4GB memory (currently uses around 4GB memory for 100 players filled)

20GB disk space (install folder)

Step 1: Fetching Game Server files from SteamCMD

It is possible to fetch the steam files programmatically from Steam using SteamCMD.

  1. Create a folder where you wish to store your ARK: Survival Evolved game server hosting files
  2. Inside of the folder, place the newly downloading SteamCMD.exe file
  3. Create a batch file named SteamCMD.bat
  4. Place the following code in this batch file:
@echo off
start "" steamcmd.exe +login USER PASS +force_install_dir "C:\Some\Path\Where\You\Want\Game\Server\Files\To\Go" +app_update 346110 validate +quit
  1. Right-click SteamCMD.bat and Run as Administrator
  2. Your game server files should be completely downloaded by now

Step 1 (alternate method): Locating Game Server Files on Hard Drive

You can host ARK directly from your Steam common folder. To locate your common folder:

  1. Right-click ARK: Survival Evolved from Steam, select Properties
  2. Click Local Files tab
  3. Click 'Browse Local Files button

Step 2: Setting up an ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server

  1. Create a batch file named ARK.bat in your newly created SteamCMD folder (Step 1) or your Steam common folder (Step 1: (alternate method)).
  2. Place the following code in this batch file:
start ShooterGameServer.exe "../../../ShooterGame/ShooterGame.uproject" "/Game/Maps/TheIslandSubMaps/TheIsland?Port=27015?QueryPort=27016?SessionName=SURVIVALSERVERS?MaxPlayers=127?listen?ServerPassword=MYPASSWORD?ServerAdminPassword=MYPASSWORD" -nosteamclient -game -server -log
  1. More information will be coming on June 2nd as server files are released

Step 3: Port Forwarding

Add an incoming rule to your Windows Firewall to allow UDP port 27015 as well as 27016 (or whichever port you are using).

You may additionally need to add a forwarding rule to your network router. You can use to read how to do this.


STEP 1: Update your server to the newest ARK version, then click the green update button at the bottom of the panel. * If you are not a Survival Servers customer ask your game server host about this.


STEP 2: Right click Steam in the task bar icons of your PC and select servers as pictured below.


STEP 3: Select ARK as your game at the bottom. Join your server!


Configuring your ARK Game Server!

Now comes the fun part, setting up your ARK game server to your liking.

To modify game server settings you can open the ShooterGame/Saved/Config/WindowsServer/GameUserSettings.ini

You can modify settings in here (in addition to the launch line) - these settings overwrite your launch line settings:

* Password=genesis
* ServerPassword=genesis
* MaxPlayers=10

Location of World Save Data



Coming soon.