How Do I Join a Private Server in ARK?


Heather Bennett

Joining a private server in ARK can be an exciting way to experience the game with a close-knit community or friends. Private servers offer a more controlled environment, allowing you to customize settings and play with specific people. In this article, we will guide you through the process of joining a private server in ARK.

Step 1: Obtaining the Server Information

To join a private server, you first need to obtain the server information from the server owner or administrator. This information typically includes the IP address or domain name of the server and the port number.

Once you have these details, you are ready to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Launching ARK

Launch ARK on your computer or gaming console. Once the game is running, you will be presented with several options on the main menu.

For PC:

  • Singleplayer: Allows you to play alone on your local machine.
  • Multiplayer: Lets you connect to online servers.
  • Dedicated Server: Enables hosting your own server.

For Console:

  • Host/Local Play: Allows you to play alone or locally with friends.
  • Join ARK: Enables connecting to online servers.

Since we want to join a private server, select the multiplayer option for PC or join ARK for consoles.

Step 3: Navigating to ‘Unofficial Servers’

After selecting multiplayer (for PC) or join ARK (for consoles), you will be presented with a list of server options. Look for the ‘Unofficial Servers’ option and click on it.

Step 4: Filtering and Joining the Private Server

Once you are in the ‘Unofficial Servers’ section, you will see a filter option that allows you to narrow down your search. This is particularly useful if you have the server name or some specific criteria in mind.

To join a private server, locate the ‘Server Name’ or ‘IP Address’ filter and enter the server name or IP address provided by the server owner. Press enter or click on the search icon to apply the filter.

The filtered results will display all servers matching your criteria. Look for your desired private server in the list and click on it to select it.


If you are unable to find the server using the filters, double-check that you have entered the correct server name or IP address. Additionally, ensure that there are no additional filters applied that may be excluding your desired server from appearing in the list.

Step 5: Entering Server Password (if required)

Some private servers may require a password to join. If this is the case, a prompt will appear asking for a password after selecting the desired server. Enter the password provided by the server owner and click ‘Join’ or press enter to proceed.

If no password is required, skip this step and move on to Step 6.

Step 6: Enjoying Your Private Server Experience!

Congratulations! You have successfully joined a private ARK server.

Take some time to explore and enjoy your new gaming environment with friends or fellow community members. Remember to follow any rules or guidelines set by the server owner to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Final Thoughts

Joining a private server in ARK is a fantastic way to enhance your gameplay experience. Whether you want to build with friends, engage in PvP battles, or embark on exciting adventures, private servers offer endless possibilities.

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily join a private server and immerse yourself in a customized ARK world.

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