Create A Mod – Setting Up


Create A Mod – Setting Up will show you how to set your folders up to prepare for modding. Before you begin this tutorial, please make sure that you’ve followed this previous tutorial:

Create A Mod – Programs for Modding

Setting the Folders Up

Note – Although you don’t have to name the folders the way I have them below, I suggest that you do so that you know which folders I’m referring to. They’ll be used in later tutorials as well.

  1. Right-click on your Desktop and select New > Folder and name it Mod Creating.
  2. Open your new Mod Creating folder and create a folder inside named Sims 4 Studio:The Sims 4 Studio folder looks lonely now, but we’ll be adding more folders here in later tutorials.
  3. Open the Sims 4 Studio folder and create two new folders inside it, name them: month_date of the most recent patch (e.g., 6_16) and Modded XMLs. So it looks like this:

Note – The 6_16 folder is the date of the most recent patch (June 16th) at the time this was written. If the most recent patch for you now is a later date, then go ahead and name this folder to that date instead. For example, you’re following this tutorial in late July and the last patch for you was on July 7th then you’d name the folder 7_7 instead of 6_16.



Now we need to use Sims 4 Studio to extract the XML resources from the game. These extracted resources are what we will be using to create mods.

Note – Always make sure that you have the latest version of Sims 4 Studio before extracting. Sometimes you’ll have to wait for an update to the program after a patch or pack release. Thank you to simjennkim for the reminder 🙂

  1. Open Sims 4 Studio.
  2. In the upper-left click on Tools>Extract Tuning
  3. When the Extract Tuning window pops up, tick the Use Subfolders and Extract All boxes as shown below, then click Export:
  4. A window will pop up telling you to Browse for Folder. Navigate to and select your 6_16 folder (Mod Creating>Sims 4 Studio>6_16), then click OK:
  5. It will take several minutes, just let it go. Once it’s done, your 6_16 folder will pop up and the extracting will be complete.

Note – Each time there’s a new patch, you’ll have to extract. Before you do, make a new folder as you did in Step 3 of the Setting the Folders Up section above. Name the folder so that it corresponds with the date of the new patch. For example, if the next patch is on June 23rd this month, you’ll name your new folder 6_23. Do not delete your old patch folders until you have checked to see if your mods need updated. I will show you how to do that in the next tutorial.

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I’m a wife and mother. I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, cooking, and swimming. 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 Fable.