How to install mods on your ARK server

Automatic Workshop Installer:
If a mod does not work, try the manual process instead.

  • For this method we recommend installing one mod at a time and ensuring the server comes back online after each install. If it does not, the mod is either not compatible with your server version or the mods are not compatible with one another. Incompatibility issues will prevent your server from starting up. Remove the conflicting mod and your server should start properly.
  1. Login to the control panel at
  2. Navigate to Steam Workshop
  3. Use the addon browser to install plugins.
  4. Again, it's worth re-iterating what we mentioned above:
    1. If the mod author does not maintain their mod, it may cause issues. Some mods are not compatible with one another.
    2. This process downloads the mods, extracts them onto your server, and that's it. If it doesn't work, blame the mod.
    3. And as always, we can troubleshoot your server itself, but cannot troubleshoot or provide support for why a particular mod isn't working.
    4. Ark is going to be Ark sometimes.


Manual FTP Upload Process

This process includes using FTP to connect to your server's files. For more information visit

Acquire the Mods from Steam:

Start your Steam client, and select ARK: Survival Evolved from your game library.

Click on the "Browse the workshop" button


Select the mods you want to use in your game, and subscribe to them.

Then start ARK in single player mode, and it will begin downloading the mods in the background. Downloading all the mods may take some time.

Once the Mods are Fully Downloaded:

In the Steam library, right click on ARK: Survival Evolved, and then click on "properties" at the bottom of the popup menu.

In the window that appears, click on the "Local Files" tab along the top, and then click on "Browse Local Files".


This opens a window showing the files for your Ark: Survival Evolved client in the Steam application.


Click on and open the following folders:

  • Shootergame,
  • then Content,
  • then Mods.

Inside there are folders for each mod, labelled with the steam workshop ID for each mod. There will also be matching numbered files that end in ".mod". Both the folder and the matching ".mod" file must be uploaded to the server for each mod to work correctly.

Upload Files to Server:

** You will need an FTP program to accomplish this. For more information on connecting via FTP visit How to Connect to your Server's FTP.

Upload all the mods copied from the client on your own computer to the server.

Copy them to the folder /ShooterGame/Content/Mods on the server.

Enable Mods in Configuration Files on the Server:

The next step is tell the server to actually load and use the mods, by adding the mod ID's to the configuration file that controls this. That file is called GameUserSettings.ini, and it's located in /shooterGame/Saved/Config/LinuxServer

Once you've gone to the LinusServer folder, select the file GameUserSettings.ini by clicking the blue box to the left of the file name in the Nodecraft file manager view. Then click the "edit" button at the top of the file manager window.

Once the file manager is displaying the contents of GameUserSettings.ini, find the section labelled [ServerSettings]

In that section, add the following line


followed by all the Steam Workshop IDS of the mods to be enabled, separated by commas.

NOTE: Capitalization is very important in ark settings, the line ActiveMods= must have an uppercase A in active, and M in mods or it will not be processed correctly by the game.

Below is an example.


Once you are finished, save the changes made to the configuration file, and then restart the ARK server.

If everything has been done correctly, your ARK: Survival Evolved server now has mods!

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