How To Install Stardew Valley Mods

How To Install Stardew Valley Mods

by Anh Dona

Look no further if you’re one of the many people who become confused and frustrated when attempting to manually install mods for video games, specifically your favorite farming game known as Stardew Valley. The gaming world revolves around mods, content created by the community. However, most games do not directly support or have a way to manage mods, making it difficult to do so on your own.

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Modding guide to get started

To ensure that mods work properly with the game files and are supported, you only need to take two small steps before downloading them. The first two steps are to install SMAPI and Content Patcher.

First step, installing SMAPI

After you install SMAPI from here, it will do the work for you. This is a small program that lets you load and manage mods in Stardew Valley. First, extract the downloaded SMAPI file to a location other than the game’s main folder. After that, double-click the file name for the operating system you’re using.

how to mod stardew valley

The rest will be done for you by a small, black square window that will appear. It will direct you to the location of your future mods within the game’s folder. SMAPI will check for out-of-date mods whenever you run Stardew Valley. After you’ve configured SMAPI, you’ll need to direct Steam to the correct application when it boots up. Inside the game folder, SMAPI creates a “StardewModdingAPI” file. You can either directly click this within the game folder to load up modded Stardew Valley, or you can redirect Steam’s game launch to that file, so that when you press play in Steam, the modded version is opened.

how to mod stardew valley

To find the modded Stardew Valley application:

  • This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files (x84) > Steam > steamapps > common > Stardew Valley > StardewModdingAPI

To redirect Steam to the modded version:

  • Right-click the Stardew Valley game in your library
  • Click Properties
  • In the General tab at the very bottom will be “Launch Options” with a text box. You must enter the designated location of the API file into here word for word.
  • Type this into the text box, including the quotations and percentages:
    C:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\Stardew Valley\StardewModdingAPI.exe%command%

Installing Content Patcher

After successfully installing SMAPI, you’ll want to download Content Patcher here. This is what will allow your mods to function properly within the game and not break anything.

how to mod stardew valley

When you install the zip file, you should move it to your Stardew Valley folder’s Mods folder and then extract it inside the Mods folder. The simplest way to get the file there is to move the window that is open in your Downloads folder, or wherever you downloaded the zip folder, to one side of the screen. Then, on the other side, open a new file window with your Mods folder open. Drag the Content Patcher zip folder into the Mods window from there. You’re done once the zip folder is extracted into the Mods folder!

To get to the Mods folder:

  • (C) > Program Files (x84) > Steam > steamapps > common > Stardew Valley > Mods

Finding Your Files

Now that those two steps have been completed, all that remains is for you to extract any mod files you desire into your Mods folder and then launch the game as usual.
🌻 Browse for various Stardew Valley mods

how to mod stardew valley

When you find a mod you like that is compatible with SMAPI and Content Patcher, simply unzip it into your Mods folder and extract it there. All mods should be loaded when you launch Stardew Valley. Remember to either open it by double-clicking the StardewModdingAPI application in the Stardew Valley folder, or by redirecting Steam to the application, which will open the mods for you.

Best Stardew Valley mods

1. Stardew Valley Expanded

Stardew Valley Expanded mod

Stardew Valley Expanded is one of the most popular Stardew mods available, and it truly feels like a proper Stardew Valley expansion. It introduces a slew of new characters, each with their own backstory and set of events. It includes new farm maps as well as a slew of new in-game locations. Those are only the major changes. SDVE also includes a slew of minor tweaks, and if there’s one mod worth reinstalling Stardew for, it’s this one.

2. Automate

Automate Stardew Valley mod

The Automate mod, which reminds me of complicated redstone machinery in Minecraft, is a huge boon to farm productivity. You can pair chests with machines that automatically pull raw materials from a connected chest and push the output back into the same chest using Automate. Smarter people than me will be able to chain together complex interactions that will save you from running around your farm all day filling up machines.

3. Tractor Mod

Tractor Mod Stardew Valley

Farmers of today, rejoice! It is no longer necessary to submit to ancient farming techniques when escaping to the countryside. The Tractor Mod enables you to purchase a tractor that performs the same functions as many of your basic farm tools, but at a faster rate. It can do everything from tilling dirt to breaking rocks to planting seeds from the comfort of a comfortable seat.

4. Stardew Anime Mods

For good reason, Stardew Anime Mods is one of the most popular portrait mods for Stardew. Its detailed and brightly colored pixel work complements vanilla Stardew Valley perfectly. Unfortunately, it only includes portraits of Stardew Valley’s young women, so the bachelors will all appear a little less sparkly in comparison.

5. Always Raining In The Valley

Always Raining Mod brings Sterling, Mia, and Henry, as well as 13+ new recipes, events, and over 1000 lines of conversation, are included in this heartwarming Custom NPC micro expansion. The valley does not get any further rain. For the sake of East Scarp!

6. Lunna Astray in Stardew Valley

lunna astray in stardew valley

The main focus of this Lunna Astray mod is Lunna, a girl with a secret past and claims to not come originally from our land but instead from a place called Umuwi. She is also under the care and supervision of M. Rasmodius the Wizard! Lunna Astray mods get some answers concerning her mysterious through sentiment occasions all spread out to pass on a story with which one can be inundated!

7. Stardew Valley Save Editor

Stardew Valley Save Editor

This save editor is a separate tool, not a mod, that allows you to change specific variables in your save file without having to dig around in a text editor. Sure, you can use it to add money and power to your game, but it also allows you to do more difficult things. The save editor can be used to cheat your way through the game, but it can also be used to subtly adjust variables that you wouldn’t be able to control otherwise, making it a useful tool even for those of us who don’t use any mods at all.

Visit Stardew Valley Wiki for more information:

How To Install Stardew Valley Mods

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