Tutorial: How to Install Lots (sims3pack) without using the Launcher
This tutorial will show you how to install a lot into your game without using the Launcher. You will need:
Note: This method does not require you to have set up the Mods framework. Also, I’ve only ever used Delphy’s Multi-Extracter.
Part 1: Extract the package
- If you haven’t done so already, unzip Delphy’s Extracter to some place where you can find it.
- Run the .exe (double click on it)
- In the first field, browse to the folder where you have your sims3pack
- In the second field, browse to the folder where you want to extract the .package file to
- Tick the box at the bottom: “Rename files on Save.” If the lot has no CC attached to it, the package file will have the same name as the Sims3Pack.
- Click the Extract button on the bottom right side of the window.
- You now have a package file!
Part 2: Add it to your game
Put the .package you just extracted in the following folder: Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Library\
Yep, it’s that easy! The lot will now show up in your Library in Edit Town. If you download a sim or a sim household in sims3pack format, you can use the same method above and put the .package in the same folder, and the sim(s) will show up in your Library in Edit Town.
If you save a copy of your Library folder, you will never have to re-install your custom lots via the launcher again. Just put your library folder somewhere safe.
You can also use this method to install custom content, like clothes, objects, makeup, etc. into your game via the Mods folder instead of the launcher. This gives the added benefit of being able to easily find a piece of CC that you want to remove.
Note: If you use decrapified sims3packs, first decrapify the lot before extracting the package file.
Other Useful Tools
- Run the sims3pack through Delphy’s CUSTARD before doing this, to see if there’s any CC hitchhiking on the lot.
- Use S3PE or another package editor to peek inside the packages if you extract a sims3pack with many packages inside. Look for the the ICON and THUM resources to see what each package holds.