How to Create an ARK Dedicated Server Guide

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Last modified: 6th June 2023

Guide on how to Create an ARK: Survival Evolved Dedicated Server Guide

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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:
    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

  5. Right-click SteamCMD.bat and Run as Administrator

  6. Your game server files should be completely downloaded by now

  7. Create a batch file named ARK.bat in your newly created SteamCMD folder (Step 1) or your Steam common folder (Step 1: (alternate method)).

  8. Place the following code in this batch file:
    start ShooterGameServer.exe "TheIsland?Port=27015?QueryPort=27016?SessionName=LOW.MS?MaxPlayers=127?listen?ServerPassword=MYPASSWORD?ServerAdminPassword=MYPASSWORD" -nosteamclient -game -server -log

  9. If you want to allow Epic Games clients to connect, add the -crossplay toggle

  10. If you want to changemaps, change "TheIsland" with any other ARK map or DLC:

TheIsland - Unveiling a realm of diverse climates and geological formations, The Island encompasses a tapestry of natural wonders. Majestic mountains grace its northern expanse, while sprawling plains adorn its southern reaches. A triumvirate of towering Obelisks stands resolute, forming a celestial triangle that bestows mystical energy upon the land.

ScorchedEarth_P - Stripped of clothing and forsaken in a parched, inferno-ravaged world, stranded souls battle dehydration and starvation. Their quest for survival demands the pursuit of precious water sources, the hunt for sustenance amidst a barren landscape, the cultivation of newfound flora, the mastery of crafting essential tools, and the construction of shelters that shield from the scorching heat and the menacing creatures that reign supreme over this torrid terrain.

TheCenter - Embarking on a captivating divergence from the familiar Island landscape, The Center beckons explorers to a realm where marvels abound. Suspended high above the earth, a floating island captivates the imagination, accompanied by majestic cascades of water that plummet into the abyss below. Delve into the expansive underground realm, a world unto itself, pulsating with its own intricate ecosystem and bathed in a radiant subterranean sun. Encounter the fiery inferno of a lava biome reminiscent of the formidable realm of Mordor, uncover ancient ruins steeped in enigmatic tales, and marvel at the distinctive contours of this meticulously designed realm.

Ragnarok - Embark upon an odyssey across an expansive 144 square kilometers, where fragments from The Island, Scorched Earth, and a profusion of new biomes harmoniously converge, crafting the ultimate survival encounter. Traverse untamed landscapes, where untold wonders and perils await at every turn, as you navigate the intricate tapestry woven by the merging of diverse realms.

Aberration_P - Behold the desolate visage of a forsaken ARK, marred by mechanical malfunctions, yet concealing an intricate subterranean biome system. Brace yourself for unprecedented challenges, unlike any confronted before. Confront the malevolent gaze of extreme radioactive sunlight and navigate treacherous environmental hazards. Equip yourself with cutting-edge ziplines, wingsuits, and climbing gear to navigate the rugged terrain. Seek solace in the sanctuary of cave dwellings and harness the potent energy of charge-batteries. Prepare to encounter an extraordinary menagerie of awe-inspiring creatures that dwell within the enigmatic depths, awaiting your arrival.

Extinction - Conclude your epic voyage through the realms of ARK in the awe-inspiring realm of ‘Extinction,' where the story commences and culminates: Earth itself. Gaze upon a ravaged planet, irrevocably altered by the invasive influence of Element. Fantastical beings, fusing the organic and technological realms, now roam this desolate landscape. Within the shattered remnants of civilization lie the secrets of the past, entwined with the potential to salvage humanity's future. Earth stands as both a testament to devastation and a beacon of hope, its salvation teetering on a precipice as survivors brave its formidable challenges.

Valguero_P - Embark on an expedition to unearth new horizons, where soaring heights and concealed depths beckon. Whether forging your foundations amidst the resplendent White Cliffs or unraveling the mysteries concealed within the enigmatic Aberration Trench, Valguero bestows a fresh experience upon the vast ARK universe. Venture through uncharted biomes, where formidable dungeon bosses await your arrival, and uncover the enigmatic ruins that whisper of ancient civilizations. Amidst the excitement, danger lurks at every corner, promising an exhilarating journey on the precipice of peril

  1. Run ARK.bat to start up the server
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