What are the requirements for running an ARK dedicated server?

ARK: Survival Evolved is the ultimate gaming server. You can ride dinosaurs around vast terrains, chase woolly mammoths with your crossbow around the mountains, and live out all the fantasies of your RPG-loving childhood.

It's just like Dungeons and Dragons - without searching for your dusty D20s.

Whether you want to build massive worlds, create your own creatures, or simply host a world for all your friends to play in, it's the best for the job.

In this post, we'll discuss ARK dedicated server requirements to get you gaming right away.

Before You Begin

You have two options when setting up a Ark Server, you can set it up on your own computer, or you can pay a small monthly fee and host one online.

If you want to set up a reliable and affordable Ark game server online, click here to check out our friends at  Empower Servers. They offer high-performance Ark game servers on the best hardware, ensuring the lowest possible latency. Hosting the Ark Server online will deliver the best gaming experience since the server will be hosted on a blazing fast network and will be online 24×7.

What Are the ARK Dedicated Server Requirements?

Before you begin using an ARK Survival dedicated server, your system must meet certain criteria.

You need to be running at least a 64-bit Windows system or be on the Linux Operating System. You also need to have at least 6 GB of RAM--but we recommend 8 GB for better performance.

In addition, the computer hosting the server should be separate from the computer used for gaming. This computer should have at least two CPU cores per ARK server.

If you don't have enough CPU and RAM, you're going to experience game lag and slow startup speed. Both of these make gaming clunky for players. More expansive maps and spread-out players require much more CPU power.

The bigger and more amazing your world is, the more power drag there is on your CPUs. So, if you're wanting a world with many players and enormous maps, consider adding more CPUs then the minimum requirement.

It seems like a no-brainer, but you want to pay attention to what is powering this powerhouse of a server. Your dedicated server hosting computer should be plugged into an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

If a power surge causes your server to crash, all of its data will crash right along with it. You'll lose everything since the last save. In some cases, a power failure can even corrupt the save file.

Worlds will fall. Players will be sad...or angry. You don't want this.

Before you go trying to install this, make sure you have at least 20 GB of disk space. These servers take that much just for the install folder.

Once you have made sure you have all of this in place, it's as simple as downloading the steamcmd.exe file and getting it going. For a full rundown on installing an ARK dedicated server, check out our article here.

Start Riding Those Dinosaurs!

Now that you know the basics of ARK dedicated server requirements, you should have the confidence to continue working towards building your dream world.

Don't worry--you'll be prancing about the mountainside cliffs with your dinosaurs and mammoths in no time.

Now that you have been armed with this knowledge, go forth to defeat thy enemies and conquer whole worlds--or just jump around on a super cool velociraptor.

Do you have more questions about game servers? Or would you like to talk to a professional about our dedicated hosting options? We are here for you at ServerMania. Contact us and we will be happy to go over any questions you have.

  • Not sure where you are getting your information from but this is way above and beyond what you actually need for a home hosting machine. I ran two clustered servers on the same machine I played on with 30 concurrent logged in players on a core i7 4790k, 32GB RAM with the servers installed on solid states, very little latency at all. Maps were Ragnarok and Center. Really what this looks like is a fake story made to sell serverspace for your company by fictitiously increasing the perceived cost of a home server. I especially love the “consider adding more CPUs then the minimum requirement.” Sure, that’s how that works.

    • Hello,

      Thanks for your comment. I am not sure I follow through. We recommend a 2 core CPU with 8GB of RAM. You are running your server on a 4 core CPU with 4x the amount of RAM we recommend, but you are suggesting that our system requirements are above and beyond what an Ark server needs?

      You’re not going to find many people recommending that users play on the same machine that will host the game server. It’s great that you don’t experience latency, but the majority of users running their own servers will face connectivity issues, constantly changing IP addresses, and latency due to unpredictable residential internet. This is not based on our desire to connect users with the best gaming experience, but based on hundreds of reports from users who try to setup their own servers every day.

      Take care.