Ark: Adding Mods
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Not all mods are supported for mod stacking (multiple mods). Mods may also be outdated upon release of new game updates which have caused major issues for server owners in the past (data loss, crashing). Also, note that technical support related to mods will be rather limited. The moment mods are installed, we are not held liable for any issues which may be related to the mod install - including data loss, service instability, and so forth. You are given every tool necessary to add and maintain mods. Please make sure you check the mods you want to use, 1) make sure they are compatible with the newer versions of ARK, 2) if they have any dependencies you need add those mods too, 3) if there is any additional configuration required, make sure you complete this also, as sometimes this may stop your server from starting correctly. When you connect to your server it will attempt to download any mods you have added to the server that you do not have already installed on your local PC. If the mods are larger than 800MB in size there is a know issue with Steam and ARK, the download will timeout and you may have to try to connect a few times.. If this fails, make sure that you have subscribed to the mods and run the Steam Utility to Validate your local files.
Things To Remember
- When adding mods to your server....
- Either via the Configuration Editor or the Text Editor under the Configuration Files option.
- MAKE SURE....YOU DO NOT PUT ANY SPACES IN THE INPUT BOX OR VARIABLE LINE
- Active Mods (IDs):123456789, 987654321 IS NOT THE SAME AS Active Mods (IDs): 123456789,987654321 and/or
- ActiveMods=123456789, 987654321 IS NOT THE SAME AS ActiveMods=123456789,987654321
- The space after the comma will cause your server to look no further on the line for any mods.
- The trailing comma will make the server think there is more
- THE COMBINATION WILL CAUSE YOUR SERVER NOT TO START PROPERLY
- Initial mod downloading (if using the '-automodmanage' commandline option, see more below) can take a while....
- If you are using a Mod Map, it must be the FIRST Mod ID in the mod list.
Automatically Adding/Updating Mods Using The Commandline -automanagedmods
- Open Steam, and navigate to the ARK workshop. Find a mod you'd like to use on your server.
- At the end of the link shown in the workshop listing, there is a number value. Copy this number value down. This is the Steam workshop mod ID. See the image below. If you can't see the URL then you'll need to enable it in your Steam settings.
- Log into the game control panel.
- Open your Configuration Files module
- Open the GameUserSettings.ini and using either the Text Editor or the Configuration Editor.
- Using the Text Editor
- Search for a setting with the name ActiveMods.
- Add your mod IDs onto the end of the ActiveMods= line with each Mod ID separated by a comma.
- Save the changes by clicking on the Save link
- Using the Configuration Editor
- Locate the Active Mods (IDs): line
- Head back to the main Service Information tab for your ARK Server and open the Commandline Manager.
- Click on the Select link next to the Default + Mod Manager predefined commandline if not already Selected. This will make this the active commandline.
- Everytime you run SteamUpdate and/or Restart your server, your mods will be checked. If new ID's found they mods will be added to your server or existing mods updated.
Manually Adding Mods
- Once you have subscribed to the mods you want, they are downloaded to your local PC to the ....Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Content\Mods folder
- You can manually upload the mods from your PC to the ShooterGame\Content\Mods\ folder on your server, using your favorite FTP client.
- To find your FTP IP address and Port number see this section: Uploading Files
- You need to upload both the folder and the .mod file.
- In the example below, the Annunaki Genesis (v3.19.0) mod has been added to this server.
- The URL for the mod is http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=538986229
- You will need to copy the 538986299 folder and the 538986299.mod file to the server ShooterGame\Content\Mods\ from your local PC.
- Click on the Configuration Files icon and open then open the GameUserSettings.ini in the Text Editor.
- Search for a setting with the name ActiveMods.
- Add your mod IDs onto the end of the ActiveMods= line having each mod ID separated by a comma. Do not place a comma after the last mod ID. Let's say you had a mod with ID 123456789 and another with 987654321. You'd want to make the setting look like: ActiveMods=123456789,987654321
- Restart your server
Manually Updating Mods
- Follow the process for Manually Adding Mods, and simply over write your existing Mod folder(s) and .mod file(s).
- There are several threads on Steam Community For ARK: Survival Evolved regarding updating mods.