Installing Custom Content

Custom Content and Mods for most people is an important part of why they enjoy playing any Sims game. It adds new content, interactions, and enjoyability to a game, and makes it fresh and interesting. However, third party content is not supported by EA so you have to install it yourself, unlike Expansion, Stuff, and Game packs. It is advisable that someone looking to start using custom content and mods research what they are and how to properly install before diving head first into this realm of the sims community. A basic understanding of how to install and use this content is a must as it will help you troubleshoot why content is not showing up, recognise when content is not working properly, or find corrupt content. Custom Content usage is not to be taken lightly. It can, and has corrupted simmers games through improper use, so be prepared for the worst.

 I am not going to write up my own guide here, but I will link you to some of the many guides and utilities out there that will help you learn what the two types of content are and how to properly install them in your game.

Basics:


Installing Custom Content (TS3):


Installing Custom Content (TS4):


Mac Users: Extracting archives:

Programs and Utilities (TS3):


Programs and Utilities (TS4):

Requirements for My Content:

Take special note people who play TS4. I keep my game fully updated so it can be said that my content is only compatible with the latest version EA has released. If your game is not fully updated and you are wondering why content is not showing up, that is probably the reason why. Content is mostly not back-compatible because of the changes EA has made to some of the core coding since release (however, older content is mostly compatible with the newer versions except for some CAS content made for the sims 4 demo that has not been remade or updated).

You should also note that with the 64 bit patch, EA forces all cc to be turned off every time you update you game (this is mentioned in Carl's Guide above). You will need to turn on cc each time you update through the options menu. This requires you to restart the game for it to take effect.

My content is also always in a .zip or .rar file. These need to be extracted once downloaded. I mention it on every post, but I do still have people that don't read down that far. You need a program like WINZip or winRAR to extract the items from the archive before placing in your mods folder. They will not work if you leave the archive un-extracted.

Troubleshooting:


Is content not working? Check out these points to start finding a solution.
  1. Check if you game is up-to-date. You can do this through Origin
  2. Ensure that the cc is listed as a package file. If its not you need to extract it from the archive
  3. Are mods turned on in the options menu?
  4. Make sure there are not duplicate files in your mods folder
  5. Check mods folder by moving cc to the main folder (where the resource.cfg file is) out of any subfolders you have created
  6. Is it just my content or other people's content not showing as well?
  7. Check post of cc for any updates and comment section to see if there is a similar issue and if I have addressed it yet. I put all update notes on the post
  8. If it is still not working comment with as much detail about the issue. I cannot help if you just say "it's not working."
Hopefully you find a solution here to installing my content, and content by others, so please read through this before asking me questions. It is often a simple solution for most people. But if problems persist, please post in the related post or contact me and be as specific as possible  because saying "your content isn't working in my game" does not help me help you to track down the issue. 


59 comments:

  1. Hi! I downloaded your nice and creative creations, and I did everything, that sites writes about installation, but the game doesn't show them.
    I extracted te files, put the packages files into the Mods folder, and in the game options menu I checked to enable custom content. I have a fully updated game, but doesn't show the CC. Please help me!

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    1. Is it only my cc not showing up in your mods folder or from other people too? Best way to test is download on single package file from a set and put that in an see if it shows up. If it does, the download may have been interrupted and caused the cc to become corrupted. If it doesn't show up, there is a good chance your mods folder structure may not be right and you should try setting that up again.

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    2. Hi, i'm having a similar problem. I made everything you said on the installing content help page, but it don't seem to work (Sorry for the bad english, it's not my first language). I already downloaded some CC content that you create and it's working on my game. But i can't find the lots... I love the makeover that you made in some neighborhood but i can't make it work. I know that i have to copy and past the documents in the tray file... Only your lots don't work... I downloaded other ones and i can see them on the gallery, but not yours. Can you help me? Sorry again, it's hard to talk in english.

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    3. did you extract the archives like I mentioned? Worst case scenario is you just use the gallery option instead which is simpler.

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    4. Also if you are using the gallery, make sure "custom content' is enabled under advanced options.

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    5. I downloaded the Vara Office, all the items are fine bar the bookcase. It shows up fine in the menu, is fine when I'm holding it. But when I place it the game freezes and crashes without any messages or popups. I'm not sure what I've done, but is there anything I can get you to help figure out the issue?

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    6. I mentioned this in the recent post about broken cc. The Vara and Futura bookcases are crashing the game because of too many slots. I am just waiting to hear back to get an exact number before crashing occurs so I can update them. In the meantime, please remove from your game.

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  2. Do i need any other program that SIMS4 the game to see your content in my game?

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    1. No, you only need TS4 to see the content. I imagine it would need to be fully updated as well given the changes made to the gamer since its release.

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  3. Hi! Im not able to download it too? I have tried what you said but i don't know what i do? Can you please help me ?

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    1. Are you not able to download, or not able to install?

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    2. i can download it, but it would not show up in my game... i tried so hard and my friend tried too, but nothing shows up in the game ):

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    3. can you run me through what both of you have done to try and get it to work?

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  4. hello, I downloaded the complete package and installed it according to the steps, in the game only three lamps appear

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    1. Consider moving the package file out of any subfolder to see if that helps, otherwise consider downloading the items individually to see if they show up that way.

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  5. how do i install a programme to unzip the cc? thanks

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    1. You are asking in the wrong place about that. You will find install instructions on the page you download the program you choose, not here.

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  6. I recently dowloaded a bed that required your Mid-Century bedding as its mesh. I used the individual download option to get the frame and the bedding, and the bedding was a .rar so I used Unarchiver to turn it into a folder. Once it was a folder I placed it into my mods folder. However, when I go into my game, everything but the mesh (which was the .rar package) is there. I've looked up many videos and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, hopefully you can help! Thank you! Also, please note that I'm sort of new to CC.

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    1. Try downloading the individual files you need off Onedrive. If you are trying to get a recolour to work, there is not much else i can do my end.

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  7. Sorry for taking up your time but I figured out what I was doing wrong! Thank you for trying to help though!!

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  8. help me please!! about a week ago i bought Cats and Dogs and it hit my game really bad... i opened my sims mod conflict detector and it said all your sets were conflicting with each other and Mc Command Center. I need both of them in my life, feedback greatly appreciated <33

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    1. Don't believe everything mod conflicter says. It sees any duplicate files/resources as an issue and it is often not a case. If you use my merged files S4S adds a resource that is the same number each time that states what has been merged. MC sees this as a conflict. So really, take it with a grain of salt what it tells you.
      If you are having issues with cc and you haven't downloaded any of my sets after the 12/12/17, then you don't have the latest versions that was updated for the C+D pactches.

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  9. so I tried to download your brintlton bay makeover and I don't know why its not showing up, in my world I'm did everything you said I needed ton do. I do have the Cats and Dogs game pack too, what am I doing wrong?

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    1. They are individual lots so you will need to make sure you place them. You also need to make sure you extract the archive file with the appropriate program into your Tray folder, not your Mods folder. Also when in the library section, under advanced option on the left, make sure 'include custom content" is ticked.

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  10. Hey Peacemaker ic, I absolutely LOVE your cc (I have downloaded pretty much all of your stuff)!! I appreciate the fact that you don't use adfly and allow people to download your content via Onedrive. Too be honest, your content is the only cc I have downloaded because its a lot safer and I don't feel comfortable downloading through other outlets. I hope this isn't a totally inappropriate question, but do you know of any other cc creators/sites that allow you to download cc via Onedrive and don't use adfly? I would love to expand the amount of cc in my game, but I'm too paranoid to download through other outlets. I'd greatly appreciate your advice, but totally understand if you're not comfortable with that.

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    1. I really don't know anyone else that uses onedrive. The majority of people use SFS like me and don't provide alternate upload options. So i am really no help here. Generally speaking, SFS is one of the safer ones compared to Mediafire/Mega etc. If you are on tumblr, a lot of people mark their cc as not going through adfly as its actually against tumblr TOU to use that kind of link shorteners. So definitely check out http://sssvitlans.tumblr.com/ and hopefully you find some creators there.

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  11. how do I use a .rar file as a package file? Just rename it package?

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    1. Nonononono. You need to extract the rar file to get the package file. Changing the file extension will just break it. You will need either WinRAR or WinZIP to extract the package files on PC, or Unarchiver on Mac.

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  12. hi i downloaded and extracted the selvadorada houses and put the extracted folders in the tray folder like instructed on the download page, however its not working. should i take the files out of the subfolder and place them in the tray folder individuallly?

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    1. Yeah, with tray files they need to be in the main directory, not in folders.

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    2. thanks! i did that and my game is still running normally however the selvadorada world isnt available. do i need the jungle expansion pack to use the houses? (my game is updated)

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    3. It is advisable to have the GP as pretty much all the content used comes from the pack. You are going to have to replace a lot of content otherwise. If you are still interested in the shells, i would advise you to try downloading from the gallery. You can go to the webpage version (as long as you are signed into your EA account)

      https://www.ea.com/en-au/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/browse?searchtype=ea_origin_id&time=all&category=all&searchquery=peacemaker_ic&sortby=newest&max=50&maxis=false

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    4. Hey, sorry to sound dumb by asking this, but can you explain to me this: "Yeah, with tray files they need to be in the main directory, not in folders."?

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    5. Tray files need to go into your Tray folder which doesn't recognise subfolders. Tray files also don't work in your mods folder. So by Main Directory I mean the My Documents folder where the Tray folder is located. Just extract all contents for houses/sims/rooms to the Tray folder for them to show up in your game making sure nothing is in a subfolder within the Tray folder. Hopefully that clears it up for you :)

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  13. Hey, I downloaded the Del Sol Valley lots and put on the Tray folder, but the game does not recognize the files and the buildings/lots don't appear.

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    1. Make sure they aren't in subfolders within the Tray folder and ensure you have "custom content" turned on in advanced options in your library to see them.

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  14. Finally my last two braincells worked together and I found it the CC option in the gallery wasn't active. Yeah, I'm a mess.

    Thank you so much for your time and good taste making stuff.

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    1. We all have off days. Good to know it was an easy fix :)

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  15. Hello, I downloaded the StrangerVille lots and put on the Tray folder, but the game does not recognize the files and the buildings/lots don't appear.I make sure they aren't in subfolders within the Tray folder and have "custom content" turned on in advanced options in my library to see them. My version game -1.50.67.1020

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  16. Only thing I can suggest is grab the versions off the gallery. Not sure what is causing your issue.

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  17. CC appears in the game. But the moment I put it, it disappears. This happens in most of the sites I've downloaded, including you.

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    1. There are a number of reasons this can happen and without specifics of what items they are or error messages, I really can't help much. The IL patch did break bathtubs so you can't place without an LE error occuring which I am in the process of fixing. Other then that object should be placing, but possibly without new interactions that need to be added.

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    2. Will you be updating here when you've fixed the IL patch error?

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    3. Yes, i will post an announcement to state I have updated my content. I have decided to fix it all at once so hopefully the weekend will be the time i upload the fixed files.

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  18. hello the kitchen if it does not work finally there are just the shelves of the fridge that works but the rest does not appear.Our game has all the latest update and we followed your steps. Can you help me. for the faults we are not English nor American.

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    1. It sounds like there may have been issues while downloading. You may need to download each package file separately as my kitchens are generally large files and it could time out on low-speed internet. Download some of the smaller items first and test if they show up ingame. If they do, continue downloading them separately. If not move the files out of any sub-folder.

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  19. Hey, I have a question: What is the difference between the 1-Tile and the 2-Tile Windows/Doors? Because they seem the same to me
    Best regards :D

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    1. They are the same, but because we don't have half-tile placement, there are 2 versions to achieve the same outcome. One places over 1 square tile, while the other takes up 2 square tiles of area.

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  20. I am able to download most of your cc and it shows up fine in my game. However, I cannot get the "colour me" rugs and the plain basic color wallpapers to show up.

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    1. they are and RAR type archive. You did extract it?

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  21. this might be a dumb question, but i have downloaded one of your kitchen sets. It downloaded as a .package file am i supposed to extract that? and into what and how? i have a mac and am using unarchiver but it says that its not allowed to extract... not sure what do

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    1. Macs automatically extract ZIP files so if it's already a package file you can just put it in your mods folder. Unarchiver should be used for any format that isn't ZIP since the MacOS can only handle one type.

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