How to Install ARK: Survival Evolved on Debian 9


In this guide, you will learn how to create an ARK: Survival Evolved server on your Vultr VPS.


  • A Vultr VPS with at least 8192 MB of ram.


Update your system:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Install SteamCMD:

wget xf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

Increase the allowed number of files to be open at the same time:

echo "fs.file-max=100000" >> /etc/sysctl.conf && sysctl -p

Update the limits:

echo "* soft nofile 1000000" >> /etc/security/limits.confecho "* hard nofile 1000000" >> /etc/security/limits.conf

Enable PAM limits:

echo "session required" >> /etc/pam.d/common-session

Create a new directory called server:

mkdir servercd server

Create a symlink for SteamCMD:

ln -s /usr/games/steamcmd steamcmd

Run steamcmd with the following parameters:

steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir /root/server +app_update 376030 +quit

Create a new SystemD service file and populate it with the following information:


 `[Unit]  Description=ARK Survival Evolved  [Service]  Type=simple  Restart=on-failure  RestartSec=5  StartLimitInterval=60s  StartLimitBurst=3  User=ark  Group=ark  ExecStartPre=/root/server/steamcmd +login anonymous +force_install_dir /root/server +app_update  376030 +quit  ExecStart=/root/server/ShooterGame/Binaries/Linux/ShooterGameServer TheIsland?listen?SessionName=example -server -log  ExecStop=killall -TERM srcds_linux  [Install]`

Update the daemon to save your changes:

systemctl daemon-reload

Enable your new service:

systemctl enable ark.servicesystemctl start ark


You have now successfully installed your ARK: Survival Evolved server on Debian.

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