I’ve said before that “custom content is to Sims 3 what great shoes and awesome clothes are to a mannequin. Sims 3 gives you a good base but what you add to the game is what makes it really shine.”

And it’s true.

Custom content can take your game to that next level, but without the necessary framework, there’s a good chance your custom content won’t show up.

Here’s what framework is, how to get it and why you need it for your game.

To be concise, framework is what tells your Sims 3 game to pay attention to the custom content you install.

With the framework, you can put your custom content into folders based on the content or your favorite colors or whatever.

For instance, all your hair .package files in one folder. All your really cool shoes in one folder. You know what I’m saying.

Note: if it’s a default replacement – as far as I know – you should leave it in the Mods folder.

Alrighty. So you know what framework is but you don’t know where to get it or how to install it.

There are two ways to go about installing the framework for Sims 3.

Option A: You can install it manually.

If you think you have the technical chops or just feel the need to punish yourself, feel free to follow these instructions for manual framework installation – these include installation for both PC and OS X.

Option B: You can be sane and run one of these programs.

Two different programs I’ve written about before: this one installs the Sims 3 framework for PCs and this one installs the Sims 3 framework for Mac OS X.

You should make a note that these programs do nothing other than install the framework for you – they do all the steps listed in Option A. These programs do not install any custom content into your game.

Once you either install the framework yourself or you use Monkey Bars or TS3 Framework Installer for Mac OS X, you’ll have the necessary folders and files installed so your Sims 3 game plays nicely with all the nifty custom content you download – just make sure you install that content slowly and test it as you go.

*Updated June 2nd, 2010*

As far as I know, at this very moment, the program to install framework – Option B – doesn’t work for Ambitions; the option just isn’t there. Go with the manual install option. Option B does work…it just puts the framework where it belongs – in Documents instead of Programs.

*Update June 13th, 2010*

There’s been a new patch released. Put your stuff here: C:\Documents and Settings\YourComputer\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods. <–Applies to all games. I’ll write a post on this tomorrow.


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  • KristenLynn

    Im really stumped because no matter what i do i cant install cc for the sims 3

  • http://TasteLikeCrazy.com/ Amy @ Sims 3 Gamer

    @KristenLynn What’s the file extension for the cc?

    If it’s .Sims3Pack then you’ll need to double click on the file and the launcher will install it.

    If it’s .package then it will go here:

    C:UsersUserDocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3ModsPackages <–Assuming you’re on a PC and installed your game in the default location.

    Hope that helps.

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  • kiahmae

    when i download the framework monkey thing, i open it and it doesnt come up with the option to install?! it just opens in that weird extracting programme?! -.- please help?

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  • http://TasteLikeCrazy.com/ Amy @ Sims 3 Gamer

    @kiahmae Read this: http://www.sims3gamer.com/2011/07/07/the-sims-3-framework-made-super-easy/

    It will run you through it step-by-step.

  • eightieswoman80s

    I have the framework thing but I still cant do anything do I extract it or leave it where it is?

  • http://Sims3Gamer.com/ Amy @ Sims 3 Gamer

    @eightieswoman80s Where do you have it located?

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