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Ark: survival evolved: [en] linux server howto - orkork

A quick HowTo run a ARK: Survival Evolved server on linux (Debian).

UPDATE: This tool helps you do the job

Meanwhile you can find a few tools, which help you with the installation, start, stop and update of the server. You can read about one of them in our article ARK: Survival Evolved Linux Server Tools.

Steam command line client quick installation guide

sudo apt-get install lib32gcc1 useradd -m steam su - steam mkdir ~/steamcmd cd ~/steamcmd wget tar -xvzf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz cd ~/steamcmd

Ark: Survival Evolved server installation

Download the ARK dedicated server(~16.5 GB):

./ +login [USER] [PASSWORT] +force_install_dir /home/steam/arkdedicated +app_update 376030 validate +quit

The installation path can be modified of course.

To run the server, a few system configuration changes must be made.

Raise ulimit

in /etc/sysctl.conf add the following at the end of the file:


in /etc/security/limits.conf add the following:

* soft nofile 100000 * hard nofile 100000

in /etc/pam.d/common-session add the following:

session required

Start the ARK: Survival Evolved server

cd /home/steam/arkdedicated/ShooterGame/Binaries/Linux/ ./ShooterGameServer TheIsland?listen?SessionName=[SERVERNAME]?ServerAdminPassword=[ADMINPASSWORD] -server -log


You will find the configuration file at


Simply replace the [ServerSettings] part with the following code to have access to all available options. All options you don't want can be removed (like DifficultyOffset and ServerPassword). The default value will then be used instead.

[/script/engine.gamesession] MaxPlayers=5 [ServerSettings] ShowMapPlayerLocation=True ServerHardcore=False GlobalVoiceChat=False ProximityChat=False NoTributeDownloads=False AllowThirdPersonPlayer=False AlwaysNotifyPlayerLeft=False DontAlwaysNotifyPlayerJoined=True ServerPVE=False ServerCrosshair=True ServerForceNoHUD=False DifficultyOffset=0 ServerAdminPassword=ADMINPASSWORD ServerPassword=SERVERPASSWORD MaxStructuresInRange=1300.000000 [MessageOfTheDay] Message=WELCOMEMESSAGE Duration=20

A description of all availabe parameters can be found on Steam Discussions (this thread got deleted recently).


The server doesn't automatically save when stopped!
To save the world before stopping the server, run the following commands INGAME in the console:

enablecheats ADMINPASSWORD cheat saveworld

However it is possible to modify the time between automatic saves using the following config parameter


Server updaten

The server update is similar to the installation command, just run this line and after it finishes, start the server again.

./ +login [USER] [PASSWORD] +force_install_dir /home/steam/arkdedicated +app_update 376030 +quit


If the official servers go down for a patch, it can take up to 15 minutes before the patch is available for your server. So dont panic if the update command doesn't find any new updates ;-)

The setup itself is not that hard, but the management is a little crude. I'll update this HowTo as I find better tools and infos for doing this.


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