Guide – How To Start – ARK – Action Game Server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

ARK is a Game Server with an action-adventure survival game set in an open world with a dynamic day-night cycle and played either from a third-person or first-person perspective. To survive, players must establish a base, with fire and weapons.

This is a quick deployment and ready-to-run image.
Simple and rapid installation. Easy to maintain.

How to create and connect to ARK – Action Game Server on Ubuntu

  1. To start the server, you just need to start the VM through Azure Portal.
  2. If the server did not run at the start of the VM, then connect to it. To connect, you need PuTTy application to connect via ssh. You can download it at the following link – Download.
  3. Run Putty, enter the VM address in the “Host” field, and click “Open” to connect.
  1. In the opened console you will need to enter a username and password that were specified the when creating the virtual machine
  2. To start the server, enter following commands:
    > cd /home/arkuser/arkserver/ShooterGame/Binaries/Linux
    > nohup ./ &
  3. Launch “Steam” on your PC, to connect to the server, open the “View” tab, and find “Servers” there.
  1. Go to the “FAVORITES” tab and click “ADD A SERVER”. Enter % vm_ip%: 27015 in the opened field, and click on the “ADD THIS SERVER TO FAVORITES” button.
  1. Click LMB on the server and then “CONNECT” to connect. If an error occurs, press the “REFRESH” button and reconnect. Then the game with the “Finding game” window will open, it is not necessary to click anything, the connection will happen automatically.
  1. After adding the server to your favorites, you can connect to it through a browser inside the game. To do this, launch the game and click “JOIN ARK”.
  1. In the “SESSION FILTER” list, select “FAVORITES”, click LMB on your server and then “JOIN” button.

Server update

If you were unable to connect to the the server, and “Server update required” error appeared, you should update the server. To do this, connect to the VM through PuTTY and do the following:

  1. Enter the following commands in sequence:


> login anonymous

> force_install_dir ./arkserver

> app_update 376030 validate

  1. To start the server after update, restart the VM through Azure Portal or execute following commands:
    > cd /home/arkuser/arkserver/ShooterGame/Binaries/Linux
    > nohup ./ &

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