Sims 4 CC guide: how to find, download and install custom content

Looking to get started with Sims 4 CC, but not sure where to look and how to get it working on your PC? The Sims enjoyed an incredibly active modding community from its first iteration until 2000.

In a series about simulating anything you can imagine or being who you want to be, The Sims modding community has been there to fill in the gaps Maxis left behind to make sure that claim is truly possible. We’re several years into the lifecycle of The Sims 4, and the CC community has filled a huge amount of content gaps. There are thousands of ways to change how your Sims look, what furniture you can cram into their homes, and even change the recipes, activities, and lifestyles available.

It can seem a bit daunting knowing where to start downloading Sims 4 Custom Content and Mods, so we’ve created a one-stop-shop to tell you everything you need to know about Custom Content, how to install it and how to get it. manage, and where to find it online.

How to Download Sims 4 Custom Content and Mods

Downloading custom content and mods for The Sims 4 should be as easy as clicking Download on the site you’re browsing from. The files will then be placed in your designated downloads folder on your PC or Mac, and will then need to be moved to the appropriate folder for the game to recognize them.

This should be found by going to your “Documents” folder, selecting “Electronic Arts”, then “The Sims 4”. Two folders are used for custom content; ‘Tray’ is used to store bundles and Sims, while ‘mods’ is used for everything else.

Sims 4 Custom Content Types and Mod Files, and How to Install Them

There are different types of files depending on the type of custom content or mods you are downloading, so below we will explain what to expect:

Personalized content

Most custom content (for items like clothing and objects) and mods will use the .package file extension. These don’t require any formal installation and just need to be placed in the mods folder or a relevant subfolder for them to work.

Bundles and Sims

Downloaded Bundles and Sims use several different file types. Bundles can be .blueprint, .bpi, or .trayitem files, while Sims can be .hhi, .householidbinary, .sgi, or .trayitem file types. Again, no steps are required to install these files after placing them in the Tray folder or a relevant subfolder of it.

Script Mods

Script mods can, again, be one of the few file types; .ts4script, .pyo, .py or .pyc. .ts4script files can be placed in the mods folder in the same way as .package files, while .pyo, .py and .pyc files should be left in their zipped/archive folder inside the mods folder.

Note that the .pyo file type is no longer supported by The Sims 4 and scripting mods with this file type will likely be deprecated.

Organize custom content and mods

Custom content and mods are not without problems, so we strongly recommend that you organize your uploaded content well and create subfolders that categorize the type of content you uploaded, i.e. hairstyles , clothes, objects, etc.

This makes it much easier to find and troubleshoot any custom content or mods that aren’t working properly or not appearing in your game.

Subfolders can go up to five folders deep before they stop being recognized by the game, which is especially useful for categories like clothing, where you can have a lot of subcategories, like shirts, pants, etc.

Note that script mods, which usually consist of multiple files, cannot be placed in subfolders, so we recommend creating a unique folder for that script mod inside the main Sims 4 mods folder and to place all the relevant files there.

You can also rename your files as long as they end with the correct file extension, which is useful for registering the content creator and its item type.

Enable custom content and mods

Sims 4 players will need to manually enable any downloaded custom content and mods through the in-game menu. To do this, press ESC, then go to ‘Game Options’, then ‘Other’. From here you can select “Enable custom content and mods” and “Scripting mods allowed” to enable your custom content.

Note that this can be disabled when EA releases official The Sims 4 patches, so always make sure this is re-enabled after installing a patch.

It’s worth checking after the official patches that any extended mods or script mods you have installed are compatible with this current version of the game, and if not, disable them until are updated to avoid any crashes or bugs appearing in your game.

How to Find Your Sims 4 Custom Content and Mods In-Game

To verify that your custom content and mods have been successfully installed, you can view it in-game by pressing ESC, then go to “Game Options”, then “Other” and click on “Show Custom Content”. The game should list everything it has successfully installed.

All content related to a Sim’s visuals, from skinstones to accessories and clothing, will be in Create-A-Sim mode. Uploaded items will be visible in Buy and Build mode, which you can filter by custom content only by heading to “Filter Items” on the right-hand side, selecting “Content”, then checking “custom content” from the drop-down menu .

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Bundles and downloaded Sims can be found by going to the Gallery and going to “My Library”. Don’t forget to check “Include custom content” in the left menu, as this will be unchecked by default and will prevent you from seeing anything you’ve uploaded.

Tools to manage your custom content and mods

Managing lots of custom content and mods can be tricky, especially when official game updates can cause compatibility issues with what you have installed. An excellent mod management tool is available for download herewhich helps you sort and manage all the custom content and mods in your game.

Where to Find Sims 4 Custom Content and Mods Online

There are a plethora of places from which you can download custom content and mods for The Sims 4, and we’ve outlined some of the best places to browse below:

  • Modthesims.info: One of the largest Sims 4 custom content sites that has what looks like a bottomless pit of Sims 4 CC to explore.
  • Thesimsresources: Another Huge Site for All Kinds of Custom Content
  • Sims4downloads.net: A blogroll style site that brings together new custom content from a multitude of sites. This site is particularly useful for finding individual content creators.
  • tumblr: Yes, you heard right. Tumblr still has a thriving Sims community, ranging from aesthetic photo editing and role-playing to custom content creation. We recommend using #The Sims 4, #Sims 4 Custom Content, #TS4 CC, and #Simblr tags to find custom content and creators.
  • Twitter: Like Tumblr, it’s another great platform to use to explore the work of individual creators. We recommend searching using the tags #ts4cc, #thesims4cc, and #sims4cc.
  • Patreon: Multiple Sims 4 CC creators have used the platform, creating everything from exquisite building lots to varying hair and skin tones, to extensive gameplay additions that often overshadow Maxis’ work.

Ebonixsims‘ custom content hairstyle, Roxie

Glossary of terms

  • Modes: Changes that may change the way the game and the Sims behave. These can range from minor game changes to major system overhauls. These often need to be checked for updates more than custom content in order to keep working, and can sometimes become incompatible with the game after official updates.
  • CC : Abbreviation for personalized content.
  • Mesh: Skeleton of an object. Everything in The Sims 4 requires a mesh, so when uploading custom content that uses a new mesh, rather than one that already exists in-game, make sure that’s also uploaded or your items won’t appear.
  • Samples: Color options for all items
  • Recolor: An alternative recolor of existing Maxis content or custom content created by other creators. Again, you need to make sure you have the correct mesh when uploading a recolor.
  • Default replacement: custom content that replaces an existing item made by Maxis or an in-game color swatch. You can use this if you want to replace things like clothing or furniture colors without adding additional swatches to your game.
  • No by default: custom content that adds an additional element or color swatch to the game rather than replacing existing elements.
  • Alpha CC: highly detailed custom content designed to be as photorealistic as possible.
  • Maxi Match CC: custom content that aims to match the art style of The Sims 4.
  • 50/50 method: A very popular method of troubleshooting custom content and buggy mods, which you can find here.

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