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How to install mods on an ARK server

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Installing modifications on ARK server allows you to adapt it to the individual needs of players. Modifications have many positive sides and enrich our gameplay with new content, and in addition, some of them improve the performance of our servers. This guide contains two methods by which you can install modifications on your server.

First method of installing ARK modifications on your server:

1. Find modification

Go to Steam Workshop and try to find a modification you want to install on your server.

2. Subscribe modification

Once you are on the modification page, click on “Subscribe” button.

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3. Navigate mod folder on your computer

On your local computer navigate SteamLibrarysteamappsworkshopcontent346110. In this folder you should see your Mod ID:

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4. Upload folder to your server

Go to server panel and find “Mods” folder here: /home/container/ShooterGame/Content/Mods

Upload mod folder into “Mods” via FTP connection.

Second method of installing ARK modifications on your server:

1. Navigate “Files” tab

Go to server panel and select “Files” tab.

2. Enter #swd directory

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3. Create new file

Once you are in your server files, you need to create a new file. You can do it by clicking on “NEW FILE” button.

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4. Enter Mod ID’s

After clicking on “NEW FILE” button you should see a new window. In separated lines enter ARK ID from Steam Workshop and Mod ID like on the image below.

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5. Finish creating a new file

Click on “CREATE FILE” button in the right bottom corner.

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6. Give a name to the new file

After clicking on “CREATE FILE” button you should see a completely new window. Here you must enter the name this file will have. Enter the file name “mods.txt” and confirm by clicking on “CREATE FILE” button.

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7. Check if “swd” modification appeared on your server

Go to server panel and navigate “Mods” tab. You should see modification bar like on the image below:

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8. Install “swd” modification

Click on the “Install” button to install modification on your server.

9. Restart your server

Go to server panel and navigate “Console” tab. Click on “Restart” button to restart your server.

WARNING! Installing mods with this method must be done on running server!

Activating mods on your server(for first and second method)

If you have already installed modifications on your server, you need to activate it. Follow the steps below to learn how to do it:

1. Navigate GameUserSettings.ini file

Go to server panel and select “Files” tab. Follow this path to find appropriate file: /home/container/ShooterGame/Saved/Config/LinuxServer/GameUserSettings.ini

2. Add a new line

Once you have opened GameUserSettings.ini file it’s time to add appropriate line. Under “Server Settings” paste this:

ActiveMods=

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3. Add mod ID

In the appropriate place like on the image below paste mod IDs. When you want to activate more than one mod, remember to separate every ID by comma!

ActiveMods=[ModID1],[ModID2],[ModID3],...

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4. Restart your server

Navigate “Console” tab in your server panel and click on “Restart” button to restart your server.

 

If you need any assistance with your ARK server, please contact our support team by Livechat, Support tickets or email.

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