Create A Mod – Programs for Modding

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Create A Mod – Programs for Modding will prepare you with the programs that you need for the upcoming tutorials in this series. This tutorial will not show you how to use them, that will be taught in later tutorials. Programs for Modding is just going to show you how to download (for those that are new to it) and set them up. So, let’s get started!


Sims 4 Studio

This series of tutorials will be shown using Sims 4 Studio. I prefer Sims 4 Studio because it has almost everything you need to create Mods/CC all in one program.

  1. Click the link above, then Register (if needed) and Log in.
  2. Click on Download Sims 4 Studio – Open Beta Version.

Note – The Community Tested Version was not available at the time this guide was written, once it is you can use either one. I’ve always used the Beta regardless and have had no issues.

    1. Now click on the link that says Sims 4 Studio version number (name) – Open Beta, as shown below (the version number/name will change as it is updated):

    1. Scroll down and click on the Installer link to download:

    1. Once it’s done downloading, find where you downloaded it to on your computer and double-click the icon.
    2. Go through the installing process and select your desired settings.
    3. Once it’s done installing, make sure Launch Sims 4 Studio is ticked, then click Finish.
    4. Now that it’s open, click on Settings in the upper-left:
    5. Put in your OWN unique username.
    6. Check to make sure the default paths the program has set are correct. Don’t forget to click on the Configure Game Path button to make sure the path to your game is set correctly, this is the path my game is installed to (yours may be different):

    1. Click Save when you’re done setting your game path.
    2. Once you have all of the settings done, go ahead and click the Save button in the Settings window.
    3. Close the program and it’s ready to go for the upcoming tutorials.

Note – S4PE is another program that can be used to create and edit mods. However, since I believe that Sims 4 Studio is best for beginners, I will wait to show you how to use S4PE in an upcoming series.

 

 WinMerge

You’ll need WinMerge to check if your mods are compatible with new patches. It’s required for TS4 XML Compare that we’re going to be installing next.

  1. Click the link above, then click the Download Now! button. Another window (or tab) will come up and it will automatically download.
  2. Find where you downloaded it to on your computer, then double-click it.
  3. Go through the installing process and select your desired settings. If you’re unsure of what to pick, just leave them as they are and press Next.
  4. Once it’s done installing, make sure Launch WinMerge is ticked, then click Finish. 
  5. Now that you have it open, go through the Options and set them as I have them below:


    1. Click Ok and close. WinMerge is ready to go!

 

TS4 XML Compare

TS4 XML Compare will help you update any mods that become incompatible with a patch by comparing the old version to the new version. It is a great time saver.

  1. Click the link above, then click on the Files tab, and click on TS4 XML Compare.rar as shown below:

    1. Find where you downloaded it to on your computer, then right-click to extract it using your extracting program (built-in, WinRAR, 7-zip, etc).
    2. Then just move TS4 XML Compare.exe that was extracted to your Desktop, no installation required.
    3. Now open it up and make sure it has the path to WinMerge correct. If not, then set it to the correct path:

    1. Don’t worry about any of the other settings, those will be shown later in this series.
    2. TS4 XML Compare is done!

 

Notepad++

Notepad++ is far superior than the regular old Notepad and will allow you to edit your XMLs with ease.

  1. Click the link above, then click the download tab, and finally the green download button:

    1. Find where you downloaded it to on your computer, then double-click it.
    2. Go through the installing process and select your desired settings. If you’re unsure of what to pick, just leave them as they are and press Next.
    3. Once it’s done installing, tick the Run option, then click Finish.
    4. Now that it’s open, we just need to install one plugin. So, click Plugins > Plugin Manager, then click on Show Plugin Manager:

    1. Once the window pops up, make sure you’re in the Available tab. Then scroll all the way down and tick XML tools, then click Install.

    1. When it’s done, it will prompt you to restart Notepad++ for the changes to take effect. Click Yes.
    2. Click Plugins>XML Tools and set them as I have them below:

    1. Notepad++ is done!

Now you’re ready to go for the rest of the tutorials for this series!

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I'm a wife and mother. I've been playing The Sims series since 2000 when the first one was released. I fell in love with it and have been playing ever since. I started modding in Sims 2 and continued to do so for Sims 3 and Sims 4. Other games I love to play are the Dragon Age series, Final Fantasy, and World of Warcraft. When I'm not gaming I enjoy photography, cooking, and swimming.