ARK: Server API

Framework ARK: Server API 3.55

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Ark Server API

Original Author:


@Lethal @Pelayori @Foppa @WETBATMAN

Product Description: This tool allows you to load plugins into your gaming communities; this is an open-source community-supported "API" required for server admins to load server plugins and resources correctly.

  • The API will only work on: Windows 7 and above or Windows Server 2008 and above operating systems.
  • You need to install "Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable Package" for the API to load correctly.

Video instruction:

ServerAPI Wiki:

API Installation Steps:
  1. Download the resource by clicking the "Download" button.
  2. Unzip the contents of the ".ZIP" file into "ARK\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64"
  3. You can now start your ark survival evolved game server.

Plugin Installation Steps:
  1. Find a plugin you want to download inside the website's "Resources" section.
  2. Unzip the contents of the ".ZIP" file into "ARK\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64\ArkApi\Plugins"
  3. You may now edit the ".JSON" files located inside the plugin folder you just installed, or you may now start the server.

Product Notes:
  • The API will generate log files in this location "ShooterGame/Win64/logs/ArkApi.log"
  • The API has built-in crash logs, which can be located inside "ShooterGame/Saved/Logs/"
  • The API has no connection or affiliation with "Wildcard Studios" directly, nor should it ever be considered that "Wildcard Studios" endorses the API. The API is an open-source tool the community can use to run plugins for their video game servers, similar to how "Minecraft / Rust" and other video games have plugin systems where you can improve the overall health and gameplay of your community servers.
  • Please note when installing plugins into the "ARK\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64\ArkApi\Plugins" folder, you must make sure the ".DLL" plugin name matches the same "folder" name. Changing the folder name to something different or unique will prevent the ".DLL" from reading the folder and preventing it from starting.
  • You may join our "discord server" if you have any questions/feedback or want general support regarding ArkServerAPI.
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Latest updates

  1. Framework Update: 3.55

    We're excited to announce some tremendous recent additions that @WETBATMAN has been working on...
  2. 3.54

    Fixed crashes when reloading plugins with .ArkApi files. Fixed "SaveWorldBeforePluginReload"...
  3. 3.53

    Implemented tick/timer crash fix (for those referencing crashes from Hook_UWorld_Tick, or...

Latest reviews

I have been searching for a long time but have not found the development documentation of the API. How could this be?
I just wanted to share that I've made a plugin editor for whole cluster with ease :) here's the repo
I use it across my entire cluster and I absolutely love the capabilities it gives the community! Well done!
Great new features, however, mine still shows as 3.54, but the log shows the new features loaded, I'll try and copy it over again.
That's normal and to be expected the actual framework itself didn't update only the auto updater has been added.
Plugins enable so much more to do with a server. Wouldn't run another server without it. Manager works most excellent
This tool is outstanding and allows community members to fully take advantage of having plugins on their community servers.
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