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PixARK – Hosting a Dedicated LAN Server

8 April 2018, Sunday, 14:40:34

Hosting a Dedicated LAN Server and Playing on The Same Computer


1.Getting the server files

1.Open steam client and From library menu select Tools.



2.Find Pixark Dedicated Server and right click and install it like any other game.

Once the files are download, right click the dedicated server from left panel and go to its Local directory.




2.Setting up the .bat file for starting Server

Once you are in the root directory of server installation(eg: \steamapps\common\PixARK Dedicated Server)



1.Go to \ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64

2.Create a new text file (name it startLAN or anything you want)

3.Open the .txt file and there enter this line

start “” /NORMAL “DRIVELETTER:\PATH” “CubeWorld_Light?listen?MaxPlayers=4?Port=27015?QueryPort=27016?RCONPort=27017?SessionName=YOURSERVERNAME?ServerPassword=Password123?ServerAdminPassword=YOURADMINPASS” -NoBattlEye -nosteamclient -game -server -CubePort=14999

Do note:
DRIVELETTER=Drive or partition you installed the server from steam

PATH=complete path to pixarkserver.exe root folder(eg : Steam Games\steamapps\common\PixARK Dedicated Server\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64\PixARKServer.exe)

YOURSERVERNAME=The name of server you want
YOURADMINPASS=your admin pass(for enablecheats console command)
Password123=Your server pass(not really needed as this is for LAN and singleplayer)


4.Save the .txt file and change extension from .txt to .bat(by renaming)

P.S battle-eye is disabled to help with performance.




3.Adding Specific Windows Firewall Exception

Pixark Automatically created inbound rules however they are not for specific ports so you must create them. Below are 6 easy lines which you can enter into Powershell running as admin and rules will be created.



1.Press Win+X and select Powershell (Admin).

2.On the window copy and paste each of these lines and hit Enter key after pasting each line.

New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName ‘PixarkServerT’ -Enabled True -Direction Inbound -Action Allow -LocalPort 27015-27018 -Protocol TCP

New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName ‘PixarkServerU’ -Enabled True -Direction Inbound -Action Allow -LocalPort 27015-27018 -Protocol UDP

New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName ‘PixarkCubeT’ -Enabled True -Direction Inbound -Action Allow -LocalPort 14999 -Protocol TCP

New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName ‘PixarkCubeU’ -Enabled True -Direction Inbound -Action Allow -LocalPort 14999 -Protocol UDP

After that close the Powershell window.

P.S if using a custom firewall such as any internet security ones, You may have to manually allow access to these specific ports.




4.Starting the server for the first time

Now go to pixarkserver.exe directory and start that .bat file you save on Step 2,

it will start the Server window and a lot of lines of yellow and white text will come up(This is normal).

After about 8-10 mins You should see the confirmation line of a successful session(session name will be the one you set in your server instead of Chaos).

The Confirmation line is the red arrow one :



After you see that line it means your server is fully running.

Close the server for now (close it via cross button) and configure the .ini in next section.




5.Editing the server configuration to your liking

After closing the Server window, Go to \steamapps\common\PixARK Dedicated Server\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsServer



1.Open GameUserSettings.ini File in a text editor.

2.Find line MaxPlayers= and put 3 or 4 beside the ‘=’ sign(The less players, The less RAM usage by server)

3.In [ServerSettings] Para, put a new line: ‘ServerPVE=false'(set it to true for a Fury Server)

4.Save the file.

P.S running with just these setting s will put XP, harvest rate etc to default values you will have to add seperate lines under [ServerSettings] para to fine tune your experience






6.Connecting to your server

After saving the ini file run the .bat file again(you will have to run it via this every time you want to play SP or LAN) and after seeing the confimation of session line in server.



1.Open steam client and go to View>Servers.

2.Click on LAN tab and your server will be shown there, Right click and see server info.

3.Copy just the IP adress (Don’t copy the :Port) as seen in image.



4.Close that info window and go to Favorites Tab.

5.Click Add server button and paste the IP address in IP adress box and click find games, It should show your LAN server (IF IT SHOWS ‘SERVER NOT RESPONDING’ your Server has not yet fully started or you forgot to add firewall exception at step 6).



6.Click add selected game server to Fav.

7.Close the steam server finder and open up PixArk Via steam.

8.Click join Pixark and in the bottom window of PixArk and select Favourites from Drop Down menu.

9.You should see your LAN server and you can click join to join the server.

P.S. The server world will automatically save whenever you close the server window (not the game).




7.(Optional) For LAN play

For playing with LAN you will need a router or switch and the client computers needs to be under the same routed network.



1.Start the PixARK server through .bat file.

2.On the client computers do the same thing as you did when connecting to server in step 6 (Using steam server viewer).

3.In client computers PixARK games, Join the server from favorites.


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