The Sims 3 resource.cfg file

Many players like to organise their downloaded mods into folders.  However, by default, The Sims 3 does not support this and can only see mods in the top-most Mods folder, and not in any folders inside that.

To fix this, Electronic Arts created a configuration file that instructs The Sims to also search for mods within folders inside the main Mods folder.  Once you have this file, you can add as many folders as you like, up to 5 nested folders deep, to organise your collection of downloads.

First check you have a Mods folder

  1. Open your Documents folder
  2. Open the Electronic Arts folder
  3. Open The Sims 3 folder

Is there a Mods folder?  If not, create the folder now.  It should look like this:

Download it

Click the link below and save this to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods folder: 


Note: If you receive a security warning such as this, click KEEP.  This cfg (configuration) file is a perfectly safe and can only be used by The Sims 3, but as cfg files are used for all sorts of apps, operating systems do treat them cautiously.

Or, create the resource.cfg yourself

If for any reason you're unable to download the file, here's how to create it yourself:

  1. Open a text editor such as Notepad and copy the following text into it: Priority 501DirectoryFiles Files/... autoupdatePriority 1000PackedFile Overrides/*.packagePackedFile Overrides/*/*.packagePackedFile Overrides/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Overrides/*/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Overrides/*/*/*/*/*.packagePriority 500PackedFile Packages/*.packagePackedFile Packages/*/*.packagePackedFile Packages/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Packages/*/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Packages/*/*/*/*/*.packagePriority 499PackedFile Test/*.packagePackedFile Test/*/*.packagePackedFile Test/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Test/*/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Test/*/*/*/*/*.packagePriority -50PackedFile Probation/*.packagePackedFile Probation/*/*.packagePackedFile Probation/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Probation/*/*/*/*.packagePackedFile Probation/*/*/*/*/*.packagePriority 500PackedFile DCCache/*.dbc
  2. Choose SAVE AS, not Save
  3. Change the Save as type from Text to ALL FILES

  4. Enter the File name as resource.cfg
  5. Save this to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods folder

Note: custom content installers such as the TSR CC Manager and Vortex will automatically add lines to this file when you use them.  This is normal and can be ignored.

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