Installing content in The Sims 2

The Sims 2 has a setting which allows you to disable custom content in-game, so please make sure custom content is enabled in your game settings in order to make the downloads show up.

Files download as zip files.  For more information on extracting compressed (zipped) files, please see zipping and unzipping files by Microsoft.

There are two types of Sims 2 download format:

  • Sims2Pack files
  • package files

Sims2Pack Files

These files are ready to install.  Simply double-click to Install.

Package Files

Put package file(s) in the following directory:

  • For Windows Users:
    • Users\(Your User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • For Mac Users:
    • Users\(Your User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

What if I don't have a Downloads folder?

Sometimes the Sims 2 installation doesn't create a downloads folder. Thankfully this is easily fixed, just follow those simple steps:

  1. Run the game for the first time.  This usually creates the folder for you
  2. If not, go to your Documents folder
  3. Double click on EA Games to open that folder, once there double click The Sims 2 to open that folder - ok we're in the right place!
  4. Click on File -> New -> Folder in the folder menu (or right click inside the folder).
  5. The folder should be highlighted by default, so lets name it Downloads (just type it in). If the folder isn't highlighted, click on it to select the folder, then click File -> Rename and type in Downloads.
  6. The folder has been created! The final path to the new folder is now: Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads

In the game you recognize the custom content by the bubbly star.

Enabling your content

Some custom content in The Sims 2 requires a special 3rd party file in order to work 

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