Install mods on an ARK: Survival Evolved server
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Installing mods is very easy using Nitrado's web interface, however, there are some situations you should consider before installing mods on your server.
Mods alter game code in varied and unpredictable ways. Some mods even compete to alter these settings, sometimes leading to read or write errors that can cause the server to crash. Sometimes these errors are not immediately noticeable and their manifestation can occur days or even weeks after their correct installation.
Since mods are not updated in sync with game updates, many times the server starts after being updated to find a bunch of outdated mods. This event can result in the corruption or total loss of information on your server.
The technical support team will not be able to help you recover your data from your server in the event that a modified installation culminates in information corruption.
Also, it's important to keep in mind that mods often negatively impact server performance. A RAM upgrade won't help you in this case as those upgrades only work for Minecraft, Battlefield, and Farm Simulator.
Now that you understand the risks, let's install some mods.
The first thing you have to do is know the ID of the mod you want to install. This ID can be found in the description of the mod.
To install the mod on your server:
- Login to your Nitrado.net account
- Navigate to the web interface of your server
- Turn off the server and wait at least 5 minutes
- In the settings section, click on "Mods + Workshop"
- Look for your mods:
- To open the Workshop in the web browser and not use Steam directly, use this URL: http://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/workshop/
- Now browse the Workshop to find the desired mod, there is a search bar on the top right corner of the website to shorten your search.
- Copy the mod's ID from the Workshop page's URL:
- Add the mod ID to install in the Active Mods field. Go to "Settings" -> "Mods + Workshop" like this:
- Look for your mods:
- If you are adding multiple mods, add the IDs separated by commas and without leaving space.
- Save the changes and start the server.
Consider that the server startup time will increase as the server has to download all the mod files, depending on the quantity and file size of the mods, the first restart could take way longer than expected.
Also, once you enter the server, it is possible that the time to enter the first time will increase since your client has to synchronize all the necessary data.