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[FAQ] How to use Mods/CC

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[FAQ] How to use Mods/CC

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Index

 

Introduction

Best Practice

How to install

How to uninstall

Common Pitfalls

Providing List of Mods/CC for helpers

CC & The Gallery

 

Introduction

 

Mods/CC are a vital part of the Sims Series. Sims wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for them and you're very welcome to use it in Sims 4 as well. Be aware though that they are not supported in any way by EA/Maxis and that you're using them at your own risk. CC/Mods also get outdated with patches/game updates so make sure to stay on top and update your mods/cc when a new patch comes out. Never use outdated mods/cc on your game or they can seriously and permanently harm your save game.

 

For more information on mod issues and outdated mods, also see this thread: Usage of Mods and Custom Content

 

For help with Mods on Mac, see this: CC, Mods and Patching 

 

Terms

 

  • Mods refer to content that alters the behavior of the game. There are two types of Mods in Sims 4: 
    • Tuning or XML Mods: Changes on the XML Tuning. These come as package files
    • Script Mods: Pieces of Python code that inject themselves into the code to change the behavior of the game. Usually bigger mods. These come as ts4script files. Script Mods often also contain multiple package files, log files or other files (Script Mods used to come as .zip files that had python files inside. Script Mods like that are outdated and should no longer be used)
  • CC or Custom Content refers to additional, user made objects/hair/makeup/clothing/ ... These also come as package files but are different from XML Tuning mods package files. Some objects count as scripted Objects if they have code injected on them to add extra interactions. Those count as script mods.

File types

 

  • Package files: Custom Content and Tuning Mods. Go inside the mods folder and can be nested up to 5 folders deep.
  • ts4script files: Script Mods. Go inside the mods folder but can only be one folder deep. As a script mod usually contains several files it's best to create one folder per script mode and put all files belonging to that mod into this folder. That folder goes directly into the mods folder.
  • Resource.cfg: Modding Framework. Needed so the game can detect mods. The file is created with the mods folder and will recreate itself if deleted.
  • Zip files: Compressed files. Old Script mods came in this format but please don't use these anymore. If you download any custom content in zip files, you can extract them by double clicking on the downloaded zip. They act like a folder. Simply move the content of the zip file to your mods folder.
  • Rar Files/7z files: Compressed files. You need to extract these with either WinRar (free trial version available) or 7z (free version available). Move the content of these to your mods folder.
  • Txt & png/jpg files: Those are usually not needed for the mod to work and purely informational files added. You can remove them from the mods folder. 
  • Log/Txt and other settings file create by script mods: Those are usually files that are created while you play with a mod. Especially if there's ingame settings you can adjust. Keep them save if you want to keep your settings of a mod and don't delete them.

Best Practice

 

There's a few things you should be aware of and try to follow when using mods.

 

  • Keep Up-To-Date: Mods/CC get outdated with patches and they need updates. Make sure that you know what you downloaded where so you can check back with the sites. Script Mods are often also updated outside of patches to introduce new functionality. After bigger patches, there's usually folks that create list for outdated mods. Be on the lookout for those to help you know what's outdated. Sims4Studio (custom non-ea tool, just google) often offers batch fixes for outdated CC.
  • Know what you download: This means, don't download someone else mods folder. If you do that for multiple folders, you'll end up with conflicts and you have no idea what you've got. Rather try to find out what someone else is using and go to the creators site to download there. It's also a courtesy towards the creator of the mod/cc.
  • Keep your computer safe: Beware of Adfly and other ad-wall sites. Many Adfly Ads contain viruses. Don't click on them and avoid downloads that hide behind those. Make sure your Antivirus software is up-to-date when visiting sites. If you appreciate someone's mods/cc, find other ways to support them. Many offer Buy me a Coffee or patron links. 
  • Keep Organized: Find a system in your mods folder that works for you. You can have up to 5 nested folders. Organize your cc/mods for example by site you downloaded from and/or type of downloads.
  • Be Patient: Mod and CC Creators mostly work for free to provide all of us with great stuff to enhance our games. Never rush a cc/mod creator into updating their mods/cc after a patch. They need to analyze and find out what needs to be done. You can polity ask if a mod will get updated after some time but it's always the mod creators discretion if they want to do so.

How to install

 

There are hundred of Mod installation instructions around the net so I'm not repeating this here. Instructions are usually given from where you download the mod/cc from. If you have general issues, feel free to ask in this thread.

 

When asking for help here, be aware that (as per AHQ TOS) you can't put links to mods/cc downloads nor talk about adult mods (mods that would raise the rating of the game)

 

If you have issues with an individual mod/cc only, please ask at the creators site.

 

How to uninstall

 

Mod/CC can be removed by simply deleting the files from your mods folder. It's also good to delete the following file after doing so: documents\electronic arts\the sims 4\localthumbcache.package. The file is a cache file and will recreate on the next game start.

 

Some mods also install files to other folders like your saves folder. Make sure to also get rid of those. Best to read instructions provided by the creators.

 

If you use some of the bigger mods, uninstalling mods might damage your save. Make sure to read all instructions given and follow them.

 

Common Pitfalls

 

Mods not showing up happens often. The tips below should help you find out what's wrong.

 

  • Enabling Mods/CC: Mods/CC need to be enabled in your game to work. If you're using script mods, make sure to enable them separately. Patches disable these options automatically. This is to protect your game. You need to manually enable them again but make sure your mods/cc are still compatible before doing so. 

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  • Mod Conflicts: If you download lots of different mods, they can potentially conflict with each other. There are non-ea tools like the Mod Conflict Detector that can you help find and eliminate those (the tool only detects conflicts among the mods, not outdated ones.). If you are using multiple large script mods, check with the creators sites if there's any known conflicts. Tools don't detect those.
  • CC for Sims 1-3: All CC comes in package files and hence is difficult to distinguish. Always read for which game the download is. Sims 1-3 files won't run with Sims 4 though so you need to remove those from your game. The Mod Conflict Detector can help you find these kind of files.
  • Wrong User Folder: Sometimes the game switches to using OneDrive or icloud and you're putting the mods in the wrong folder. See this to find out which folder the game is actually using and if you're putting them in the correct one:  How to find your User Folder 
  • Compressed Files: You forgot to decompress the files. You need .package files in your mods folder. Not .zip, .rar or .7z. 
  • Special Case Script Mods: Script mods can't be in sub-folders. Only one subfolder inside the mods folder is allowed. Make sure to not nest deeper.
  • No Mods folder: The mods folder gets automatically created with the documents folder. If you delete the folder and have mods turned off, it won't recreate though. Turn on the game, turn on mods, then restart the game and the folder should be created. If not, then the game uses a different folder than you think (see above)
  • Mods don't turn back on, they revert to being turned off: This is related to your security software blocking the GameVersion.txt files to be updated which in turn, disables mods again. Please see this thread for more details: [CURRENT ISSUE] Anti-Virus blocking User Folder (Screenshots/Gallery/Mods..)

Providing List of Mods/CC for helpers

 

To provide a list of your mods/cc to the helpers, please follow the instructions below (Pictures courtesy of MCCC Discord)

 

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Happy Gaming
Crin


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Custom Content and The Gallery

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Custom Content and The Gallery

 

Different to the Sims 3, custom content and mods do NOT spread or get downloaded with items from the gallery. If you don't have certain cc that shows in lots/Sims they will get replaced or removed just like with items of packs you don't own.

 

The creator often gives info where to find the CC, if not, ask them so you can download and add it to your game. Once installed into your game, it will show up in the downloaded house.

 

If you like to share houses/Sims with CC installed yourself, you can use the Tray Importer (custom non-ea tool, just google) to help you find give you information about any cc you used so you can pass that on.

 

Uploaded Lots/Sims with Custom Content.

 

If you use CC on your lots/Sims, the lot/Sim will get flagged as Modded and doesn't show in the gallery unless you tick Include Custom Content. Downloading these will not get you the actual CC.

 

Gallery_CC.jpg

 

The following things trigger an item to be flagged as modded

 

  • Lot/Sim contains CC
  • Sim contains custom traits/aspirations/careers or other custom properties
  • A lot contains a picture/photo of CC
  • Some older build may be flagged as CC for any painted by reference pictures or photos. I think this was a bug and should no longer be the case for newer stuff
  • Replacing the preview picture with tools

Happy Gaming
Crin


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Custom Content Help!

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Hello! I've played Sims 4 before on a friend's computer and I started playing on my own computer. I watched tutorials and read articles about how to download CC and mods and whatnot. However, when I open the game, and I create a sim, none of the CC is there! There isn't even an option in the filters for content. I have no subfolders in the "Mods" folder, and all the types for the content are the .package files. What can I do??

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Re: Custom Content Help!

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Re: Custom Content Help!

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@mrslacox I merged your post with the master thread on Mods/CC.

Could you try all the suggestion given under Common Pitfalls.

If you still have issues, please post a screenshot of your mods folder. Make sure to have the windows address bar visible but remove all personal information from the picture before posting.

Happy Gaming
Crin


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I have cc in my cc folder but its not showing in game

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I have cc in my cc folder but its not showing in game ive uninstalled and reinstalled the game and repaired it still not showing up

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Re: I have cc in my cc folder but its not showing in game

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@Carlyh25 I merged your post with the master thread on Mods/CC.

Could you try all the suggestion given under Common Pitfalls.

If you still have issues, please post a screenshot of your mods folder. Make sure to have the windows address bar visible but remove all personal information from the picture before posting.

Happy Gaming
Crin


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Re: I have cc in my cc folder but its not showing in game

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Hello thank you for your help I have included my cc folder and sims 4 folder 

 

cc and script mods are active 

 

[CM edit - merged back to back posts]

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Re: I have cc in my cc folder but its not showing in game

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@Carlyh25 You put everything in a folder called cc.

There should be a folder called mods and that's where they go.

 

It also look that some might not be unzipped ? Are those folders you made to put the package files in or are they still in zip format ?

Happy Gaming
Crin


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Re: I have cc in my cc folder but its not showing in game

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hello

 

THANNNNNNK YOUUUUUU

 

xxxxxx

 

it worked i moved them into my mods folder i did have them in folders to make them a little more organised but when i moved them into the mods folder ive done it with out the folder and it worked. 

 

 

 

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