How to Download The Sims 4 Mods in 2020

by KEN

Ever wondered about how YouTube Simmers get their custom content commonly mentioned as “CC” in their Sims 4 game? Electronic Arts never released an official video on downloading CC in The Sims 4, and there are ample YouTube tutorials, but they can be indistinct. Custom content, or Mods, is the best assets and behaviors created by other players to enrich the game beyond the base game that Maxis has published. This content includes clothes for your Sims, aspirations, traits, and many more. Users create custom content; it’s a massive part of the Sims community.

Maxis motivates and supports the modding community. You can read more details about that on The Sims 4 Mods and Game Updates FAQ page.

So, here is a detailed article on how to activate and download mods in The Sims 4 on Windows 10.

Setup Sims 4 Custom Content:

Locate and Open Your Resource.cfg File:

After launching The Sims 4 and allowing mods in your game, place the Mods folder in The Sims 4. The default Game path for your Sims 4 folder is placed in your PC Documents folder. The Mods folder will auto create inside the Sims 4 folder when you will have launched the game with mods enabled. In the Mods folder, there’s a “Resource.cfg” file. So right-click to open it using a text editing program, like Notepad. You will see something like this, but on one line:
Priority 500

PackedFile *.package
PackedFile */*.package
PackedFile */*/*.package
PackedFile */*/*/*.package
PackedFile */*/*/*/*.package
PackedFile */*/*/*/*/*.package

It will shows you how many folders deep the systems will check for /mods/CC. The number of asterisks equals the numbers of folder deep. They should be six by default, as shown above. If you would like to add more, follow the same pattern.

Create New Folders in the Mods Folder:

It mostly goes for people who do not have folders within the Mods folder yet or have made folders, but there is nothing in them. If you already have a couple of folders with stuff in them but a bunch of things that are not, go ahead and follow along.

Create folders labeled “Build/Buy” and “CAS.” By creating folders to start with, you will be more prepared to keep your files organized later.

Enable Mods in Your Game:

After launching the Sims 4 game, you will see a three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the main menu. When you click this, you will get the settings menu. Click the “Other” tab after that select the “Enable Custom Content and Mods” option.

That was the natural part. Proceed and enable “Script Mods Allowed,” too. When the boxes turn ticked green, that means the mods have been activated.

Check the Mods Folder Is Now in Your EA Folder

When you downloaded your game, you select a folder to install The Sims 4 to. Navigate to it and placed the Mods folder. You can generally find this in Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods, but you might have installed it in another location. We suggest using File Explorer’s built-in search box to help you locate the folder.

Choose a Mod and Download:

When clicking around and downloading mods, it’s essential to read the fine print. You’ll come across a vast selection of CC that’s compatible with the base game (no packs required). However, plenty of available mods will need a pack for one cause or another (like a re-texture of a base game item).

For the sake of this article, I chose some base game compatible mods mentioned below. You will see all of these mod pages state “base game compatible” in the narration:

Grim Cookies Bonnie Hair

Stephanine Sims Ethan Top

Clumsyalienn Female Autumn CC Collection

Note: The Female Autumn Collections have separate files; you can select and choose what you want to download. Packages will occasionally come separately, but not always. Sometimes a set will be obtainable only as a merged pack of content.

Here is a quick list of my best-loved and reliable CC sites:

lilsimsie faves: Archive

Peace’s Place

Terms Of Use – Stephanie Play The Sims 4!


Move Files to your Mods Folder:

Place the downloaded files on your PC and then shift the data manually to The Sims 4 Mods folder.

In the Mods folder, make a Mods Tutorial (any name will be sufficient) subfolder and shift all of the “.package” files from the downloads folder into the Mods Tutorial folder. CC that becomes visible in the “Create a Household” screen (clothes, hair, accessories, etc.) will store in the “CAS” folder, Build/Buy CC should go in the “Build Buy Mods” folder, and so on.

Keeping your folders organized can assist you to single out corrupted files that cause problems in your game. Also, by putting freshly downloaded mods in a separate folder, you can launch the game and conclude whether you like the new mods you have downloaded or not. We recommend you store currently downloaded CC in a folder labeled “new mods” for organizational purposes.

If you launch the game and come to a decision you do not like what you have downloaded, it is easy to navigate to the new folder and determine which file to delete.

The screenshot includes the file names of the downloaded content linked earlier in this article for this how-to guide.

Launch Your Game

Once you are in the “Create a Household” screen, click over to the “Hair” section. If it’s challenging to find the custom content you have downloaded, tap the small arrow next to “Feminine,” click content, and check the box next to “Custom Content” so that the hair section displays only custom content you have downloaded. You can allow this filter on all screens.

What is a Mod vs a Script Mod?

Now you have dabbled a little bit in custom content for The Sims 4, and you must be amazed why we turned on script mods. Script mods are the coding mods that can change game behaviors, as opposed to pre-existing Maxis coding. One famous script mod is The Sims 4 MC Command Center Mod created by the user, Deaderpool.

The MC Command Center mod has ample options in the form of multiple modules that handle various functionalities: adjusting household bills, pregnancies, making selected sims immortal, and even creating story progression-style mechanics. Anything you will think, this mod can do it quickly, and it’s updated on an ongoing basis.

We have already gone over how to turn on script mods, but where do you locate the MC Command Center mod in the Mods folder?

First, ensure the modules and packages are placed into the same folder and that the folder is no more than one level deep in The Sims 4 mod folder structure. For instance, The Sims 4\Mods\MCCC is okay, but The Sims 4\Mods\Script Mods\MCCC is not.

The Sims 4 client will merely go one-level deep when looking for script mods. In the screenshot, you will see the “McCmdCenter” file is in the very first level of the Mods folder. If you do not do this accurately, script mods will not become apparent in your game.

Back-Up and Save your Sims 4 Folder:

As a common rule, always back up your Sims 4 folder to a USB drive or external drive in case of tragedy. Right-click on your file and then tap “Copy” (Ctrl + C on your keyboard), navigate to the secure location you have made, and then right-click and select “Paste” (Ctrl + V on your keyboard) into the new place.

Make sure you have an updated copy of your game (Sims families and your mods); otherwise, you have to reinstall the game. It will take a long time to build up a collection, and it is a source of annoyance to lose progress, the same as losing any saved data for any other video game.

Just remember, you should always contact the owner of the mod to report errors or if you have any questions.

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