Game Help:Downloading for Downright Dunderheads

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TS3:Downloading for Downright Dunderheads

Introduction  | Before you download  | Get Organized  | The Main Event  | Additional Info  


Installing Custom Content for The Sims 3

How do you install custom content for the Sims 3? This guide will show you how to do it, step-by-step. Installing content is very easy and straightforward - the basic three steps apply:

  1. Download item
  2. Extract item
  3. Place (install) item

What's with the name?

No! No! It is not meant as an insult, we just like the acronym "DFDD". It is just meant to differentiate from TS2's version of DFFI - Downloading for Fracking Idiots, for "beginners" and DFFG - Downloading for Fracking Geniuses, for the "tech-heads".

And there is also a Sims 3 version, DFSS - Downloading for Smarmy Smartasses, for the "tech-heads".

Before you download

Before you go on a downloading spree, be sure to read these pages. They are basic info that you need to do or learn about only once, most of the time.


Read about prerequisites


Where to get and how to install the archiver/extractor program


What is the file type: .package or .Sims3Pack or .Sim?

Getting it all Organized

Organizing content is crucial! Sooner or later there will be a piece of item that you no longer want or is causing issues. If everything is well organized, .package content is very easy to maintain. Again, it is mostly a one-time setup and once you have learned the technique of good organization, there would be less CC redownloads and/or reinstalls that need to be done, and maintaining CC would be a breeze!


Preparing the folder & browser


Organizing Custom Content

The Main Event

This is it! These same basic steps apply for all CC and with all sites, for the most part. Some sites may not zip up the files if they are in .Sims3Pack format, so you just skip the unzipping part. What is essential is reading all the information the creator took the time to type up, as most of the time, it answers all the questions that arose with that particular item.

Step 1. Download the content


Understand the requirements


Download the file

Step 2. Extract the content


All about the rars and zips

Step 3. Place the content

What file format is the extracted content in?


Installing .Sims3Pack files


Installing .package files


Installing .sim files

Additional Information

Some other useful information has been compiled here.


Information on other file formats


Other FAQs regarding CC


Where to look for content, once installed

Need Assistance?

Common FAQs are addressed in Other FAQs regarding CC, so be sure not to skip this page!

If you get stuck or don't understand this guide after numerous readings and tries, head on over to the forums and browse similar threads. If your issue is not addressed, don't hesitate to ask for help!

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