ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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ARK Server Organiser (v4.3)
By Cracky
This freeware gives an interface for your ARK Dedicated Server.
Works with SteamCMD.
Version 4.3:

  • AutoUpdate: You can choose to update and restart the server everyday to keep your server up to date. You just have to check the checkbox and to choose the update time.    
  • Hide Server Window: Allow you to hide the black screen of the server (Screenshot n°4). You can also close the app, it will send it in notification area and the server will still run. This function need to be set before launching the server.
  • Get Public Server Address IP: You can now have the full address quicly and easily to share it with friends for example.
  • NotifyIcon Settings: Allow you to Turn ON or Turn OFF Server from NotifyIcon without any visual form. You can also have access to 'Get IP Address' function.
  • Portable Application: Quick start, low size, no installation required.
  • Night Mode: Cool for night using. It doesn't hurt your eyes anymore.
  • Anti-hibernation: Your machine will not sleep or hibernate when server is running.
  • Server Backup: You can save your server's data.
  • SteamCMD packed-in: You can install SteamCMD with ARKSO
  • AutoBackup: You can choose to backup the server everyday. You just have to check the AutoUpdate checkbox and to choose the update time. AutoUpdate and AutoBackup works together.
  • Server PING: It show you the PING of your server..
Virus Scan
Virus Scan:
If an antivirus report it as malicious, it's a false positive, you can build your own exe with source code.
You can check it and try to run the app on a virtual machine.
Read Me
This freeware is still under development. If you have any suggestions, submit these.

Developed with Visual Studio Community.
Compatible only on Windows.

Steam Logon is not required.
Internet connection is required. (The app can works without it, but the server will not be up)

SteamCMD is required and must be installed to use this freeware.
SteamCMD installer is packed-in! (3.0 feature)
Do not forget to open your ports and to allow 'ShooterGameServer.exe' in your firewall / AV.
Version 1.0:
- First Build

Version 2.0:
- Major code optimisation
- ARKSO update notification added

Version 2.1:
- Major code optimisation
- Minor visual optimisation
- ARKSO update notification optimisation
- ARKSO update is now automatic
- Get IP Address function added
- Manual configuration for Game.ini and GameUserSettings.ini added

Version 2.2:
- Data loading fixed. You have no more longer to fill parameters everytime.

Version 3.0:
- Night Mode added
- SleepMode & Hibernation disabled by default on server start.
- SleepMode & Hibernation reseted by default on server stop.
- Server Backups added
- SteamCMD installer added

Version 3.1:
- English syntax optimisation
- Aberration map added
- NotifyIcon Settings optimisation (TurnON, TurnOFF, Get IP Address)
- Custom Command Line Arguments & Options added

Version 3.2:
- Automatic Backups added
- Code optimisation (#Regions)

Version 4.0:
- Code completely reworked
- Major code optimisation
- Minor graphic optimisation
- Real-time server status
- Server PING included
- ARKSO freeze reduced

Version 4.1:
- Minor bug fixes

Version 4.2:
- Game.ini bug fixed
- Extinction map added

Version 4.3:
- Valguero_P map added
Source Code
Source Code Link:
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Previous Versions Download
Version 1.0:
Version 2.0: Private alpha release (No download Link)
Version 2.1:
Version 2.2:
Version 3.0:
Version 3.1:
Version 3.2:
Version 4.0: Not working, download disabled
Version 4.1:
Version 4.2:

4.2+ executables are not available as direct download because older version support are no more longer maintained. Links are source code, so you still can build an exe by yourself.
FAQ - Most Asked Questions
What is the Actual Version?
Version 4.3

I want to submit a suggestion, where should I do?
You can comment at the bottom of this page. You can also contact me:

It is planned to translate this freeware into the most common languages?
Actually not. I'm not able to do that myself.

Sometimes English syntax is incorrect, why?
English is not my native language, I practise it every day but it is not perfect.

ARKSO shows that my server stay in 'STARTING' phase, why?
- You missed a launch setting
- A launch setting has been badly filled
- You got a problem with port opening

It is possible to use this tool for multiple server instances?
Not now. Not planned.

It is planned to add a mod loader?
Yes, I'll try.

How to use a custom map? The Volcano for instance?
Right now it's not possible.

I've the error "Could not start process ShooterGameServer.exe"
That can happen for some reasons:
- You choose the wrong path. You must choose the 'SteamCMD' path, not his container. You must fill the folder containing the 'SteamCMD.exe' file.
- Some files are damaged or missing. Redownload the server files.

Where are stored backups?
In your SteamCMD Folder, you should have a new folder called 'ARKSO - Server Backup'. In this folder, you have each backups stored by date & hours. AutoBackup is limited to one per day.
Be careful that your drive is not overdriven, in which case the backup will not be made. It is also possible that it causes a crash of ARKSO.

Where is the new executable after ARKSO update?
In your download folder: C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads

I've something that not working, what to do?
First, restart ARKSO as administrator, it resolve the problem in most of case. If it still doesn't work, contact me.
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Cracky  [author] Aug 3 @ 2:15pm 
Hey, it's not your server, it's an ARKSO bug still not resolved, should be resolved in next release. Thanks for your review :)
VGK Aug 3 @ 4:54am 
This is a great little prorgam I love it mate! Good job!
I was wondering what could be wrong with my server that is getting stuck at Starting even though it is working? Also I don't have ping monitor, but my friend can join and server is working 100%.
Mazupicua Jul 5 @ 8:39pm 
hey @Cracky, any way to optimize the server startup time? just now getting back into ark and it takes it like 8 mins to turn on. maybe arguments like -allcores or some?
Cracky  [author] Jun 29 @ 4:14am 
4.3 is out, Valguero_P is playable!
Cracky  [author] Jun 27 @ 9:42am 
Thanks for the info. I'll add the new map as soon as possible
Pixel Jun 27 @ 6:15am 
Update to add map Valguero_P
Cracky  [author] Jun 6 @ 8:16pm 
Yes, it's a known bug still not fixed. Don't take care about "Starting"
Esoteric Ryoushi Jun 6 @ 1:03pm 
Okay, so I can connect to the server, but it says starting? I'm confused...
Esoteric Ryoushi Jun 6 @ 12:48pm 
It gets to the point where it says it has 2 cores, and then nothing. Even waited overnight.
Esoteric Ryoushi Jun 6 @ 11:27am 
Okay, I'm having problems getting the server to actually start. Is there a guide on actually using this program and what I need to do?