In some cases, you might want to install a mod manually. Some providers have issues with mods over a certain filesize and their installer is not fast enough to grab the files from Steam CMD before it stalls, resulting in a bad mod install where some issues arise, for example, engrams that can’t be learned and creatures that don’t spawn. In such cases, you should consider switching providers to a more reliable one.
Regardless, in this little guide, we’ll be taking a look at how to upload and install a mod manually instead. I will use WinSCP as a client, Nitrado as a provider, and Gaia as a mod.
You’ll need an FTP-client to upload the files. Read more about the FTP protocol here. Personally, I prefer FileZilla and WinSCP, both are easy to understand, powerful, and free, but in reality, any FTP client does the trick for this simple task. This guide will show how it’s done with WinSCP.
Some providers use FTP and some use SFTP. The only real difference is that SFTP is more secure. Any FTP client can connect and transfer files fine regardless of which protocol is used and your provider will tell you which you should use to connect to their service.
Subscribe to the mod, let the Steam client download it. Launch ARK and let it install completely, wait until this text has disappeared. Remember to turn off your server until the whole process is complete!