After you've setup your ARK: Survival Evolved server, you may decide to to run a mod or two. The process isn't too self intuitive though. So I wrote this guide to show you how to do it.
- Steam account with ARK
- Remote file transfer access to ARK server
Modify Steam Settings
If you're using Steam's web browser, follow this step. Otherwise skip ahead.
Go into your Steam settings and on the left menu list, click Interface. Then on the right side, make sure that Display Steam URL address bar when available is checked. Hit OK.
While logged into your Steam account, navigate to the ARK Steam Workshop.
Find a mod that you'd like to add to your server. In this example, I'll be downloading the Better Preserving Bin mod.
Click the green Subscribe button.
In your browser's address bar, copy the id variable.
The Better Preserving Bin's ID is 824298758.
Now you can repeat this step for as many mods as you'd like to have on your server. Just subscribe to them and make note of their respective IDs.
On Windows machines, the downloaded mods are located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Content\Mods
Copy over the mod directories to the following locations on your ARK server
Be sure to copy over the respective .mod file into the /Mods/ directory, too. For the Better Preserving Bin mod, copy over 824298758.mod
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Content\Mods
Modify Config File
Open the GameUserSettings.ini file
Under [ServerSettings], if it's not already there, add a line with a variable called ActiveMods
To have your ARK server load the Better Preserving Bin mod, you'd have:
To load multiple mods, just separate them with commas. For example:
Save the file and restart the server.
sudo service ark restart
Congratulations! You now know how to add mods to your ARK server.
Are you having trouble getting mods working? Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.