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Step 1 - Get a RAR Extractor

First, you will need a program that can extract from both ZIP and RAR files.

Windows

We recommend WinRAR, which is "nagware". That means that you can use it for free for a period of 45 days, and after that you can continue using it free - it just nags you to pay for it, but you don't have to pay anything to use it. Download the installer and run it.

OS X

For OS X, the free utilities StuffIt Expander and The Unarchiver handle most any archive type. For .rar files in particular, you can also use UnRarX, a simple and efficient freeware tool.

Then, once your preferred de-archiving application is installed ...



Step 2 - Download/Extract Custom Content

Now you're ready to download the content you want.

  • You should already know how to do that - click the link to get the ZIP or RAR file and save it somewhere you can find easily.
  • Then extract from the ZIP or RAR file to get at the .Sims3pack files (Windows: right-click, Extract Here; OS X: double-click.).



Step 3 - Installing

If you want to install just one lot, double-click on the Sims3Pack (the Launcher will open so that you can install it from there).

To install more than one lot at a time:

  • Place the Sims3Pack files into My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads (under OS X, it’s called just "Documents" instead of "My Documents").
  • Start game via the Launcher.
  • Select the Download button on left, then select the House tab.
  • Place a check beside each lot that is not installed. These will NOT be greyed out and the status box will be blank.
  • Select Install.


You can use a 3rd party tool such as 3viewer if you don't like the Launcher (3viewer is a Java app, so it works both for Windows and OS X).



Step 4 - Play!

Hopefully, the above steps should have worked just fine, and you can go ahead and play with your new lots in-game!


If it didn't work...

  • Did you place the files in My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads?
Sims 3 Game Help Categories:

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