Ark commands – cheats and admin code list

This list of Ark commands and cheats will help you get a head start catching dinosaurs and building your base, or delve into code to mod the game.

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Ark console commands and cheats are the secret to making the world of Ark a less terrifying place. With all those dinosaurs running unchecked, you may find that your quest to chop down trees is being too often interrupted by velociraptors. If this is the case, then perhaps you need to adjust your game by entering some codes into the game’s console.

They aren’t strictly cheats, but Ark admin commands do change the survival game to allow you access to things you wouldn’t usually have. You can boost your experience points, instantly tame a dinosaur, add an item to your inventory, or even destroy every dinosaur in the land, simply by using a code word. If you’re looking to further enhance your game, here’s our guide to all the best Art mods.

Here is a list of Ark cheat codes and admin commands:

How do you use Ark admin commands?

To use an Ark admin command, you’ll first need to open the console. This can be done by pressing the TAB key. If this doesn’t work, you’ll need to make a quick adjustment in the game’s .ini file. Head to:


Open DefaultInput.ini with Word Pad or similar. Scroll to the bottom of the document to find the line “+ConsoleKeys=Tab”. In front of the line will be a semi-colon (;). Delete this, save the .ini file, and the console should now work in-game.

Many commands will require the ‘Enable Cheats’ command to be used beforehand, as well as the ‘Enable Cheats for Player’ command. Be sure to use these before attempting to use other commands.

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Enable Cheats

enablecheats <password>
Enables server administrator commands for the player. Password required will be the server password. Example: enablecheats pass123

Enable Cheats for Player, Mount, & World

setcheatplayer “true/false”
Enables cheat commands that affect the current player, mounted dinosaur, and game world.

Add Experience Points

admincheat addexperience <amount> 0 <share>
Adds a number of experience points to the player, or to be shared with the tribe. Replace <amount> with how much XP required, and set <share> to 1 for player only, or 0 to share with tribe.

Add to Whitelist

admincheat AllowPlayerToJoinNoCheck <player>
Adds a player to the server whitelist.

Remove from Whitelist

admincheat DisallowPlayerToJoinNoCheck <player>
Removes a player from the server whitelist.

Add to Banned List

admincheat Ban <player>
Adds a player to the server banned list.

Remove from Banned List

admincheat Unban <player>
Removes a player from the server banned list.

Broadcast Message

admincheat Broadcast <message>
Broadcast a message to all players on the server.

Custom Damage

admincheat DamageTarget <amount>
Deals a specified amount of damage to the creature/object in the player’s crosshairs.

Destroy All Creatures

admincheat DestroyAll <type>
Destroys all creatures of the specified type.

Destroy All Dinosaurs

admincheat destroyallenemies
Destroys all dinosaurs living on the map. New dinosaurs can still spawn.

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Ignorant Enemies

admincheat EnemyInvisible true|false
All creatures on the map will ignore the player, even when attacked.


admincheat ExecSetSleeping true|false
Puts the player character to sleep or wakes them up.


admincheat fly
Allows the player to move in any direction without being held down by gravity. Can be cancelled by using the ‘walk’ command.

Tame Dinosaur

admincheat forcetame
Immediately tames the dinosaur in player’s crosshairs.

Ghost Mode

admincheat ghost
Allows player to walk through walls and terrain.

Add an Item to Inventory

admincheat GiveItemNum <item_id> <quantity> <quality> <blueprint>
Adds a specified item to the player’s inventory. ItemID will be a number specific to the item, quantity and quality will also be numeric values. <blueprint> can either be ‘true’ (for a constructed item) or ‘false’ (for just the blueprint).

Give Resources

admincheat giveresources
Adds 50 units of each resource to your inventory.

God Mode

admincheat god
Toggles on/off God Mode, which makes you invulnerable to all damage except drowning.

Self Damage

admincheat HurtMe <amount>
Damages the player character by specified amount.

Infinite Stats

admincheat infinitestats
Provides the player with infinite food, water, stamina, and carrying capacity, Torpor is kept at zero.

Kick Player

admincheat KickPlayer <steam_id>
Disconnects a specified player from the server.

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Stop Everything

admincheat PlayersOnly
Stops all creature movement and prevents crafting. Players can still move.

Message of the Day

admincheat SetMessageOfTheDay <message>
Sets the server’s message of the day, which displays when players connect.

Move Player

admincheat SetPlayerPos <x> <y> <z>
Instantly moves the player character to specified coordinates.

Set Time

admincheat settimeofday <hour>:<minute>[:<second>]
Sets the time of day on the server to a specified time.

Time Speed

admincheat slomo <factor>
Sets the speed of the passage of time on the server. <Factor> is a multiplier, so ‘1’ is normal, ‘2’ is twice the speed, and ‘0.5’ is half speed.

Summon Creature

admincheat summon <type>
Spawns a specified creature in front of player.

Slingshot Teleport

admincheat teleport
Teleports the player in the direction they are facing until they hit an object.

Unlimited Ammo

admincheat ToggleInfiniteAmmo
Provides unlimited ammunition for all firearms.


admincheat walk
Activates walk, which is the default form of movement. Will deactivate fly mode.

Unlock Recipes

admincheat giveengrams
Unlocks all crafting recipes for the player character.

FPS Counter

stat fps
Displays a frames-per-second counter on-screen.

Server Admin Menu

Displays the menu for server admin tools.

Spectator Mode

enablespectator / stopspectating
Enables spectator mode.

Toggle Gun

Toggles on/off the player’s equipped weapon being displayed.

And there you go, those are the Ark admin commands. As you can see, there are plenty of changes you can make to skip towards the good stuff and have a better time in this bucolic, fun-filled world. In case you’re struggling with the sci-fi flavoured expansion, we have a set of Ark Aberration tips and an extensive Ark taming guide. If you’re looking ahead to the next game, here’s everything we know about the Ark 2 release date window and more.