Connect to your ARK server

With the different platforms and stores, it quickly becomes confusing as to exactly how you or your friends can now connect to your ARK server.

Written on Aug 31, 2021


  1. Start Steam and open the Favorites under View -> Servers
  2. Add your ARK server with IP address and port (e.g.
    1. You can get the IP address and the port from your hoster in the web interface
  3. Now you can connect directly to your ARK server via your favorites
  4. Or: You start ARK first, filter in the game for Favorites and then connect to your server

Start directly on the server

You can also configure ARK in Steam so that when you start ARK, you spawn directly to your server.

  1. Start Steam and open the Library
  2. Right click on the game ARK: Survival Evolved
  3. Open the menu Properties and click on 'Set launch options
  4. Add the parameter +connect to the startup options
    1. If your server is password protected, you have to add +password YOURPASSWORD as additional parameter
  5. Confirm your settings with OK and start the game

Epic Games Version

First of all you have to make the following changes to your server.

  1. If you want to play crossplay add the -crossplay parameter
    1. If you don't want to crossplay, i.e. don't want to play together with Steam users, add the -epiconly parameter
  2. Remove the -automanagedmods parameter, because no mods are supported
    1. You must also disable mods in general

Currently there are two ways to join an unofficial dedicated server.

Option 1

  1. Change the server name
  2. Restart your server
  3. Search for the server name in the server list

Option 2

  1. Start ARK as usual
  2. Connect to any server and create a character
  3. Open the console with the Tab key
  4. Enter the command open IP:PORT in the console
    1. You can get the IP address and the port from your hoster in the web interface
  5. Confirm with Enter and you will connect to your ARK server
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Studio Wildcard


Aug 29, 2017


Adventure, Survival


Xbox One, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4

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