Adding Server Admins

Since Patch 179.0 it’s posible to name administrators for your ARK: Survival Evolved Server. Those people are able to use administrative commands (e.g. the Cheat-Commands) without having to enter the server-password first. This short tutorial will show you how it works.

Create the file \ShooterGame\Saved\AllowedCheaterSteamIDs.txt (or open the file if it already exists). Each line of the file represents one player who is recognized as admin. So, if your file was to contain this text:


It would mean that the Users with the SteamID’s 76561197995589012 and 76561197995589013 are admins.

If you’re unsure what the SteamID of the person you’re trying to add is, simply use cheat ListPlayers to display a list of all online players and their SteamID’s. Better still, consult our guide on how to retrieve SteamID’s online to save you from having to ask everyone to come online.

To revoke their admin-privileges simply remove their name from the file and restart your server.

It’s as easy as that! If you’ve got any questions, please let us know in the comments.

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  1. Hey, im trying to run a non dedicated server and when i create this file it doesnt work to allow my friends access to admin commands, is there another way to whitelist people within the non dedicated server? i wasnt prompted to set up a password for cheats either so is there perhaps a default password players could use to log in as admins?

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