How to Install Mods and Custom Content (CC)

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Custom Content lets you expand your Sims 4 game with downloads from mod sites.
Custom Content brings additional hair, objects, and other downloads to the game. Mods expand on the gameplay or alter it in some way.

Note about Mod Help
Do not bother asking us for help with mod/cc issues. Go to the mod author on a forum/site they frequent or where they host their content. The mod author knows their work and can help you better than us, additionally they may appreciate bug reports!

Tutorial: How to Install Mods and Custom Content in The Sims 4

A tutorial teaching players how to install custom content and mods for The Sims 4 via a pair of examples, also seeks to define the different meanings between the two.

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About Mods and Custom Content
Mods and Custom Content are wildly popular among Sims 4 players, but if you're new to the franchise you may be unaware what treasures await those who ravenously scour the web for the latest downloads. There is far more free content available to download than is included in the base game and all game/stuff packs combined. In this guide, I'll teach you how to install CC and mods, explain what they are and offer some direction on where to go from here by providing links to sites where you can binge-download CC for your game.

What is CC?
Custom Content is simple compared to mods, thought they can sometimes take as much time to make. CC is hair, textures, objects, and clothing that can be downloaded and easily added to your game. You'll find everything from wall patterns, to dressers, earrings, and beautiful flowing gowns. Since CC creators don't have to think about system requirements like Maxis does, and can also sink more time into each piece, they can make truly beautiful additions to the game that greatly enhance the graphics (especially in the case of hair) and increase the number of options available to the player. More options and better looking swag are what CC is all about.

MTS is a great place to go for Sims content
Modthesims.info is one of the best sites out there for downloading both CC and Mods for The Sims

What are Mods
Mods are game modifications to the Sims 4, pure and simple. Practically any game that is moddable has mods. They may enhance a feature, or introduce entirely new features. Mod creators work hard to make sure their content is stable and adds the functionality that is described when they share it with the Sims community. Some mods greatly enhance gameplay, make minor adjustments to how things work (like how often objects break), or simply fix something that irritates a lot of players. Mod creators sometimes fix bugs before EA does, and may at times be more in tune with the community's desires for how something should work. For example, door locks were released in a patch, but first came in the form of a mod.

None of these things are meant to criticize Maxis/The Sims Studio, who are doing a wonderful job developing a game that's worth modding, but when you have all the hundreds or thousands of people who partake in adjusting the game and creating custom content for it, there's naturally many more hands working to make improvements and content for it.

How to Install CC and Mods

Where to go to install mods in The Sims 4
Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods is the folder you need in order to install mods and cc. Sims/lots go inside the Tray folder.

Installing Mods in The Sims 4
The process for downloading both CC and Mods is the same, so we will cover them both at once. They are installed in Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods. Open Windows Explorer or Finder on Mac. Click your Documents folder, Electronic Arts, then The Sims 4. If you have trouble finding it, look for the Users folder on C:, click the User of the PC (in my case, Carl) then proceed to Documents (or My Documents) and go from there. For windows users, Documents is usually on the left in the menu as you can see in the screenshot.

Enable Mods, CC, and Script Mods in order to use them for The Sims 4
In order to use CC, Mods, and Script Mods, you must first enable them in the game's options menu. For Script Mods to work, the first box must be checked. Read below to learn about Script Mods.

Turn on Mods in the Menu
Since a patch was released, players now need to enable mods through the options menu. Press ESC > Options > Other. From there, select Enable Custom Content and Mods. After a patch, you may need to turn this back on.

Similarly, for Houses that contain CC that you Cannot See in My Library using the Gallery
If you've downloaded a house from a site that isn't from the Gallery, it goes to the Library. Select View Content by > Others from the left side of the window within the My Library section of the Gallery, unless you're the one who made it. Look to the above section on enabling CC in order to see houses with CC in your library properly. On the bottom left of the Libary screen, click advanced and the 'Include Custom Content' checkbox. You'll need to do this if you've downloaded houses that contain CC from other websites. Without doing so, houses that include CC will not appear in your Library..

If you still can't find the house try turning off online features access so that gallery houses will not appear in the list, you'll see much less and it'll be easier to locate. Go to Game Options > Other from the escape menu and toggle this setting. This will in effect turn off the gallery option. This may help finding content you've added to the game, and you can turn the gallery back on afterward. (Thanks for the tip, MrsFlynn!). Otherwise, make sure the home is in the right folder by following the instruction in this guide.

The Mods Folder
Next, find or create the Mods folder. It should already be there, but if it's not you can right click in the white area within The Sims 4 folder and create a folder, being sure to name it Mods. The game automatically recognizes and attempts to utilize anything in this folder. So, once we download CC, we'll copy the files to that folder. Tip: You can have other folders inside the Mods folder, so if you'd like to separate out your CC and Mods in to separate folders, or even categorize them by object/clothing type, you can do so! Additionally, Forum member RandyH notes that it's possible to rename mods so long as you keep the .package at the end of the file name. This can make your organization even simpler, and possibly help you track things down easier. All of this is actually a good idea should you run into a mod or piece of CC that gives you trouble, so that it's easier to find and remove.

Script mods are a special type of Mod that must remain inside a zip file in order to work. You must also go to the game options menu (ESC > Game Options > Other > Script Mods Allowed) to enable them. You can see this section in the menu in the screenshot further up where you also enable normal Mods and CC.

It's worth noting there is another folder here, Tray. That folder contains the households you've created but NOT saved to the gallery. It is also where you install Sims and Lots. This folder is important regardless, so you can avoid creating or downloading them all again.

Installing
Installing is pretty much hands off and you've just got to put them in the Mods folder, but you will sometimes have to deal with zip files. Remember, script mods are NOT unzipped, but everything else should be. Newer mods may have the .ts4script extension which you can leave alone (thanks, DarkWalker). If it's a .package file, you're fine - just right click it and cut or copy it, go to the Mods folder and paste. If it's a zip, click it and look inside. Double click the zip and look at the file type of the file inside - is it a pyc or .package at the end of the file name? If the zip contains a .pyc file, it is a script mod and should remain zipped.* If it's a .package, you need to copy that and any other package files from the zip and copy them to the mods folder. Pictures and instructions inside the zip are usually unnecessary. Sometimes mod creators give you these very instructions - "Extract .package file, copy it to the Mods folder, enjoy"!

* About .pyo files - Files ending in pyo are no longer supported due to an update to the base level of python Sims 4 uses, meaning it is definitely an out of date mod if this is the case.

If you download a Sim or House/Lot from a place other than the Gallery, it will go in the Tray folder, not the Mods folder.

Backing up Saved Games, Mods, and CC
You can backup your Mods and CC just as you can Save files, and it's smart to do this in case of disaster. Copy them to another drive or a USB stick and they're safe from hard drive failure. Head to your Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4 folder. Right click each of those three important folders - Saves, Tray, and Mods. Copy them then paste in a new location, where you know to find them. Should you have to reinstall the game or wipe everything, you've got a copy of your Sims families, and kept your collection of CC and Mods. These are precious because it takes time to build up a collection, and losing dozens of downloads can be a major nuisance.

Sims 4 Mod Manager
There is an option for those of you who do not want to deal with unzipping files and would like the ability to easily enable/disable mods. Raxdiam's Sims 4 Mod Manager is a solution for that. It's got a lot of features, is fairly easy to use, and if you explore the site you can even find a video explaining how to use it.





Links to CC/Mod Sites

Lumialoversims is one of many bloggers who shares custom content with the Sims 4 Community
Lumialoversims is one of many talented custom content creators for The Sims 4.

The following are sites that are well-known for hosting CC and Mods. I want to say that I'm not responsible for anything you see or that happens as a result of using these sites. I'm putting those we're all most familiar with up top, as they're in general the best places to go to download things for Sims. Many creators have their own blogs, and they're worth following if you like their work. The two big sites up front here host many items though, and should be visited by anyone interested in expanding their game. You can then explore people's tumblr/wordpress blogs and find creators whose work you enjoy, follow them, and enjoy a better Sims game. Some CC creators specialize in hair, others clothing and some make a mix of everything.

  • modthesims.info - Definitely my go-to, though I don't use CC heavily. Everything on MTS is totally free, and it's exceptionally well-organized. This makes for an easy browsing experience. They feature so much content that they are almost all you need in order to really beef up your game with CC. Of course, modthesims also has plenty of mods, and many of the best mod makers in The Sims community are members there.
  • The Sims Resource - TSR is also a high quality site for downloading CC, and like MTS features content for Sims 3 as well. If you get addicted to CC you may even want to join as a VIP, which makes mass-downloading items much easier and removes ads from the site.
  • Sims 4 Downloads - A site that watches blogs, MTS, and TSR to watch for new CC and Mods. Basically a Sims 4 downloads news feed that can help you get to some great content. You can browse by creator using their drop-down box and discover talented artists.
  • Black's Sims Zoo - I saw a variety of objects here for download, though the site is in German. You'll need to register (simply try to download something and it will prompt you). Thankfully, the word Download is international.
  • Tumblr - this link leads to content tagged as sims-4-custom-content on tumblr, where many CC makers have an outlet to share their art. This can help you find creators you want to follow. It can be a good place to browse for new content visually, though be careful because you'll need to visit some download sites that can have confusing links. Watch out for ads that say 'download', and look for buttons like 'Skip ad' so that you can get past a full-screen ad that looks like a download page!
  • LumiaLoverSims - I saw some great hair meshes when visiting this site, its design impressed me when compared to the other tumblr blogs I visited.
  • Kijiko - makes beautiful hairstyles. On this site, you can also find makeup, clothing, and skin tones for your Sims.
  • TheSimsSperience - She's a wonderful creator with loads of content for Sims 4. I saw some great recolors you can install, and it seems to be updated with new content regularly.
  • DecayClownSims - lots of dark/goth CC that is quite nice. My only gripe is their site design is quite confusing, though the content itself is high quality and definitely fills a niche. At time of writing, the next page button is on the left, in case you can't find it.
  • There are many, many bloggers I'm leaving out but am just giving you a place to get started. If you like a creator's work, follow them and you'll see their various updates. If you like a particular CC creator, share the link here and give them some exposure. I'll check it out and add some of them to the list, as well.

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    Britneysays...
    And sims 4 mods I have download/installed into my game are now all appearing to have my internet icons making them not work how do i fix this?
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    Playalotsays...
    I'd remove them from your mods folder, delete them and go back to the creators site, check for any posts about problems etc and if they have been recently updated b y the creator I'd try downloading them again. Make sure you are following the download instructions correctly, the creator will have made them easily accessible on their site.
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    WizzardPemmaPlaysSimsToosays...
    Is there a link to download the folder? I don't already have it. Sad
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    Playalotsays...
    I'm not quite sure what you mean but if you do not have a Mods folder within your The Sims 4 folder just make a new folder and label it Mods
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    Kailasays...
    Okay, so I am a tad bit confused.

    So I followed all your instructions, then I installed a cc tattoo pack (please note that the file was .package) and then i tried to do another cc pack (also titled .package) but when i went in the game to try them out, both files weren't showing up in the game! I extracted the files, redownloaded, copied, deleted... Everything. Now when i try to download a mod or cc pac, nothing works! I'm on a Macbook Pro.
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    Playalotsays...
    Did you enable mods in the game menu?
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    MizzySophiesays...
    I can't see "enable custom contents and mods" in the game options ;( helppppp please
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    1. At the Sims 4 Main Menu, click the 3 dots (...) in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
    2. A menu will pop-up. Select Game Options.
    3. Select Other.
    -- Enable Custom Content and Mods should appear here.

    If you don't see this option, you may need to make sure your game is up to date with the latest game patch, which is: June 23, 2016 Patch – PC Version 1.20.60.1020 / Mac Version 1.20.60.1220

    The option was added in Dec. 2015
    The Sims 4 - Mods and game updates
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    ririsays...
    i dont know what type sims 4 im using but there's no enable cc and mods option on my game options. can you help? is there a patch i should download? thx
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    Playalotsays...
    MrsFlynn's post just above this explains it all for you. Smile
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    MizzySophiesays...
    ATTENTION FOR THOSE WHO CAN NOT SEE THE OPTION "ENABLE CUSTOM CONTENT AND MODS" IN GAME OPTIONS

    So I read all of the comments, I understand why so many people (including me) do not have the option to enable custom content and mods, this is because the EA team updated the game and added a new patch which we don't have, it was done in December 2015 I think and I personally got the game in October or November 2015, so you need to update the game via Origin (on the internet) , but I don't have that so I do not know how i can update my game. BTW if you don't know if your game is out of date or whatever, go to: Documents>Electronic Arts> The Sims 4> Game Version. If your screen doesn't have this number 1.19.28.1010. then it is not up to date.

    PLEASE HELP I DON'T KNOW HOW TO UPDATE MY GAME Crying
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    How To: Update the Game (Sims 4)

    1. Login to Origin, and go to the My Games Tab.
    2. Right-click on the photo of Sims 4 and select Check for Updates.
    ** If you have Automatically keep Origin up to date checkmarked -- When their is a new game patch available, it should automatically ask you to update your game, before you can play again.
    3. The game should then get updated and you can play again at the current game patch level.

    -----
    To turn on Automatically keep Origin up to date:

    1. Click the word Origin up in the menu (upper left hand side of the Origin client)
    2. Click Application Settings > in the General tab, down under Updates. Make sure Automatically keep Origin up to date is checkmarked.
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    iiNickyGrrsays...
    Oh no. I had an update for TS4 and now Mods and CC is disabled with means all my mods and custom content is gone. And I can't download anymore mods or custom content. Should I leave it alone or try to do something about it since I want Mods and CC in my game? CryingScared
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    Playalotsays...
    You should be bale to enable mods again in the Options Menu when you first start your game. All updates automatically disable the mods and have to be enabled manually by the player.
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    Tiffssays...
    It says, "The archive is either in unknown format or damaged" for ALL my CC that i just downloaded. Why why why. i'm using WinRAR zip archive.

    sorry wrong grammar
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    We're not sure why you're getting that error. You may have better luck searching for help from the site you've downloaded the custom content from.
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    lusays...
    I created a Mods folder but when i paste the .package files in there they don't show up in the game. i have mods and script mods enabled and i have restarted the game several times but they just don't appear? help please
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    Here's a link to a page that may offer some troubleshooting tips.

    Custom Content and Mods

    If this doesn't go back to the site you downloaded the custom content from to see if they can offer help.
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    Lokasays...
    For some reason my mods that I download from tsr won't work. I tried to figure it out, re-downloading the the downloads that the mods need to work. E.g winzip & winrar. I'm even online & when I enter sims 4 it doesn't show the mods I downloaded. (I have quite a lot)
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    We're not sure what's happening with the mods, you may find better support from the site you downloaded the mods from.

    TSR Help/Support Link
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    Akinosays...
    do mods available for crack version? because i've tried many times, it doesn't work. Every mods that i install didn't appear at all in the game..
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    Playalotsays...
    I really don't know for sure as I've always used the official game but probably not due to the fact that the official game has had many updates some of which have altered how mods are actioned within the game through the updated game menu options.
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    Taraaaasays...
    How to enable the cc and mods.I did go to the options but there were no options saying "enable cc and mod"
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    Here's a link to a how to enable CC and Mods, also if you do not have those options you will need to update the game. A how to link for that is below as well.

    How-To: Enable Custom Content and Mods

    How To: Update the Game (Sims 4)
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    VeeViviannasays...
    Does mods work with Sims 4 Deluxe Edition?
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    Yes, mods and custom content usually work with all versions of Sims 4, but you have to be updated to the latest patch.

    Read more about it in the post linked
    here.
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    newheresays...
    Grettings! I've downloaded a lot of mods and put them all in Mods folder, but when I open Settings>Other I can't find those two options. I can only see View Mods, and Script mods that can be checked and unchecked. What should I do?
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    It sounds as though the game hasn't been updated to the latest patch.

    How To: Update the Game (Sims 4)
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    newheresays...
    Oh! Thank you very much for an answer :D I should add that I haven't played TS4 for a long time and started again just yesterday so it makes sense
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    Rosesays...
    I have downloaded some CC, just some hairstyles and clothes. I have followed all the instructions and copy and pasted it into the Mods folders on my PC. However, it is not appearing in game. I have mods and all the necessary setting enabled, any idea what I should do? It's a package file.
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    Are cc and mods enabled in the Game Options > Other tab?

    Please read the information in the link below.

    Important Note About Mods, Custom Content and Updates!!

    If none of this helps, it maybe a good idea to go ask at the site that you've downloaded the cc from as they have better knowledge of their custom content and how it works.
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    Brozzsays...
    hey can you help me ?
    my "enable custom content and mods" is missing
    here the link :
    http://imgur.com/a/OA6gL
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    That means the game isn't at the latest patch level. Have a look at the link below to help with updating the game.

    How To: Update the Game (Sims 4)
    http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=21899.msg446500#msg446500
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    Matthewsays...
    sims4 and sims3 too
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    Lexisays...
    So i've installed mods before but i accidentally changed the folder type and i cant figure out how to change it back
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    Did you loose ownership of the Mods folder? If that's the case, the link below may help fix that.
    How-To: Recover Folder Converted to File

    However, if the above link doesn't help the issue, or is too complicated. What might be best to do is do a Sims 4 Factory Reset - (What & Howto) take the mods folder with resource.cfg file into your current game, and re-download what mods and custom content you may have had.
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    Leahsays...
    I was wondering if you just downloaded a mesh as you did a mod? Sorry for how clueless I am. This is the first time I've worked with mods/CC.
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    You may need to go to the site you want to download the content from, and learn about it there. It's more helpful to learn from the place the the content comes from.
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    A berry berry stupid sims noobsays...
    DO you need WinRAR or 7-zip to download Sims 4 cc? And does 7-Zip come with window pcs? My mom wont let me download winRAR OR 7-Zip to download cc. We also dont have a security program on our pc :P
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    You don't need WinRAR or 7-zip to actually download mods or CC. Go to CC or mod site of choice and download the file from there to your computer.

    I don't know about Mac computers, but Windows has a zip program built into it that can be used to unzip any mod or CC files.
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    RandoSImssays...
    While this article is very helpful, in my case there is no check box, in the other section of the game options that says enable Custom Content/Mods button.. And at the startup of the game, it shows me that I do have mods on my game.
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    Playalotsays...
    The check box 'Enable Custom Content and Mods' is present in all sims 4 game menus.
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    Amerahsays...
    If costume content dose not work what will I need to do? is it free to download thanks bye.
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    Playalotsays...
    It might be outdated by a recent game pact so go back to the creators website and look through the comments to find a notice about which patch the CC is ok for. Also you could let the creator know that their cc is not working for you.


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