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ARK: Survival Evolved PC Keyboard Controls

Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate… and escape!

ARK Survival Evolved PC Keyboard Controls

These are the default keyboard shortcuts for the game ARK Survival Evolved.


  • Move Forward – W
  • Move Backwards – S
  • Strafe Left – A
  • Strafe Right – D
  • Run – Left Shift
  • Jump – SPACE
  • Crouch – C
  • Prone – X


  • Extended HUD Info – H (Hold)


  • Toggle Orbit Camera – K (Hold)
  • Zoom Camera In – Mouse Scroll Up
  • Zoom Camera Out – Mouse Scroll Down


  • Primary Fire – Left Mousebutton
  • Aim-Down Sights / Alternate Fire – Right Mousebutton
  • Toggle Fists – Q
  • Reload weapon – R
  • Drag Body – G
  • Melee/Pistol Whip – Left CTRL
  • Toggle Weapon Attachment – N


  • Open Inventory – I
  • Access Other’s Inventory – F
  • Use Hotbar Slot Item – 0 – 9
  • Open Map – M
  • Item Menu – ?
  • Whistle Menu – ‘

While Riding A Creature or Vehicle

  • Mount / Dismount – E
  • Primary Fire – Left Mousebutton
  • Alternate Fire – Right Mousebutton
  • Jump – SPACE
  • Land / Take-off – SPACE (Flying creatures only).
  • Brake – X
  • Throw Shoulder Mount – R
  • Aileron roll –  C

While in Inventory

  • Drop Item – O
  • Transfer Stack – T (Hold)
  • Transfer Half-Stack – Shift+T
  • Transfer Item – Ctrl+T
  • Transfer Item – Left Mousebutton×2
  • Transfer Five Items – Shift+Left Mousebutton×2
  • Transfer Half-Stack –  Ctrl+Left Mousebutton×2
  • Toggle Item Labels – Q
  • Toggle to Craftables – V


  • Toggle Auto-Hide Chat box – \
  • Global Chat – ENTER
  • Tribe Chat – /
  • Local Chat – INSERT
  • Scroll Chat Up – Page Up
  • Scroll Chat Down – Page Down
  • Push to Talk – B (Hold to speak to other players using your microphone.)


  • Whistle Selection –  ‘ (Hold)
  • Follow All – J (Hold)
  • Follow One – T (Hold)
  • Stop All – U (Hold)
  • Stop One – Y (Hold)
  • Attack My Target – = (Hold)
  • Neutral – – (Hold)
  • Passive – ; (Hold)
  • Attack This Target –  . (Hold)


  • Emotes – [ or ]
  • Show Craftables – V
  • Defecate – Z
  • Flip Wall – E
  • Snap Point Cycle – Q or Z when placing an object

Note: The controls used to play ARK Survival Evolved are a combination of keyboard keys, the mouse and mouse buttons. all keys can be re-assigned using the Controls tab found in the Options tab on the main menu of the game. From there you can change the key bindings.

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  1. How do you activate the Tek Helmet. Its used to be hold or double tap E for me but since the last patch that isn’t the case.

    Someone told me theirs is on R But that is where I key bind my map.. I did try it though and nope not R for me either. Not to mention in every game I play, I always key bind map to R so that is a no go for me anyway!

    Also some other key bindings I use don’t work. Like Tribe I had on G but that no longer works. I put it on J and now it works.

  2. Do you know how to toggle hud on pc as there is a lot of lag when someone tanks your turrets and you see tons of damage numbers (windows 10 pc btw)

  3. trying to figure out how to change tertiary abilities dinos have because apparently the regular keybind is C but when i opened the game for the first time a few months ago C was defecate and i have no option to change the keybind to get to use any extra abilities like a snow owls pred vision or using the turret on my andrewsarchus or amything its a real feels bad man


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