There is nothing you can do about it: you love the video games of the series Grand Theft Auto (GTA)! You have completed all the in-game missions and objectives, also discovering those secrets hidden from view by the developers. However, you have heard about the possibility of installing mods, that is, the changes that are applied to the installation files of the title to add / change some of its features and broaden the overall gaming experience.
This kind of changes can be applied to the single player mode in full freedom, but you must take care to deactivate them in case you want to access the online game mode, otherwise you risk the ban of your account. Another important thing to know is that the GTA mods (as well as those of many other video games) can only be applied to the computer game versions, as the consoles have a closed system which makes this practice inapplicable.
That said, the purpose of this guide of mine is precisely to explain to you how to install GTA mod. Are you interested? Are you looking forward to discovering the tips I have prepared for you? Then sit comfortably and carefully read the procedures you will find in this tutorial of mine. I wish you a good read and, above all, a good time!
Install Mod on GTA V
If you bought GTA V (o GTA 5), you can install the mods in a few steps, after having performed the procedures that I will show you in the following paragraphs. Therefore, pay close attention to avoid running into problems.
Before starting to install any mod, it is advisable to make a backup copy of the game folder, to avoid having to download and reinstall everything from scratch in case of problems.
The game folder, if you didn't change the path during installation, is located in C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto V (version Rockstar Games) or C:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonGrand Theft Auto V (version Steam). Keep these routes in mind, as they will be recalled several times during the guide.
Other than that, you will need to install some tools to enable tweaks on GTA V: OpenIV e ScriptHookV: the first tool is used to enable changes on the game installation files, while the second is to enable scripts, which are intended to add features such as new missions or commands.
OpenIV can be downloaded directly from its official website by pressing the button Download now. After downloading the file ovisetup.exe, double-click on it and run the installation procedure, selecting the language English e premendo sul pulsating Continue. Then put a check mark in the box I accept the term of this agreement and finish the setup by pressing the buttons Continue for two consecutive times, Yes e Close.
At this point, start OpenIV via its quick launch icon and, on the main screen, select the item Windows sotto the dicitura Grand Theft Auto V. Then press the button KATEGORIEN to select the GTA V installation folder. If a green message appears, it means that OpenIV can modify the game files. Then click the button Continue for two consecutive times and wait for the software to complete processing.
Start then OpenIV and, on the main screen, click on the menu items Tools > ASI Manager and install ASI Loader e OpenIV.ASI. If you are asked to create a folder mods, you agree.
From the left sidebar, go now to the folder Update, click on the item update.rtf and press pulsating Edit mode up. A red warning message will be displayed: press on the wording Copy to mods folder, in order to transfer a copy of this file to the folder mods previously created. This is needed to be able to apply the mods without affecting the game files and risking path accidents that can compromise the installation files.
In addition to the update.rtf, some mods may require editing other files, such as the one named common.rft. Perform the same procedure based on the mod you chose to install.
If you want to know how to install mods through this software, I suggest you read the operations I indicated in the next paragraph.
If you want to install scripts on GTA V, you need it ScriptHookV, which you can download directly from its official website. After reaching the link I provided, click on the wording download for free to download the file ScriptHookV_xxxxxx.zip. Then extract the contents of the archive (ScriptHookV.dll e dinput8.dll) in the GTA V installation folder and that's it (if you don't know how to extract files from an archive, you can read my tutorial dedicated to the topic).
Some scripts may require an add-on named ScriptHookVDotNet, which is used to run scripts compiled in the .NET language. You can download the latest version of this tool from Github.com and extract the files ScriptHookVDotNet.asi e ScriptHookVDotNet2.dll in the GTA V installation folder. Also, manually create a folder named scripts in the main game installation path.
Installation of Mod
After following the steps I indicated in the previous paragraphs, it's time to get into action by installing the mods you prefer. Where to download them from? You can get it from the GTA5-mods.com website (in English) or from the Italian portal GTA-expert.it.
If you want to install one script, after having chosen it among those available in the databases that I have provided, click on the button Download and get the compressed archive. To download. completed, open the archive and extract the files to a specific folder depending on the type of script you downloaded: if it is a file with the extension ASI, you need to transfer it to the main folder of GTA V; if you find any DLL, CS o VB, must be copied to the folder scripts, which I told you about in the previous paragraph.
If you want to install a mod that is marked as Add-on, generally you have to follow a procedure which consists in extracting the file from the downloaded archive dlc.rpf in the folder mods, precisely /mods/update/x64/dlcpacks//. Once this is done, you will need to reach the folder date which is in the path /mods/update/update.rpf/common/data/ and edit the file dlclist.xml adding the text string dlcpacks:\.
If, on the other hand, nothing is indicated, most likely it is a mod that replaces some characteristics of an object or a vehicle that already exists in the game. What I recommend is to check the description of each mod (including scripts and addons), which includes the detailed installation procedure.
If you want to enter the online mode? You must disable any mods you add. In this case, delete the file OpenIV.asi from the main folder of GTA V. Also remove the files related to ScriptHookV.
Install Mods on GTA IV
Install a mod on GTA IV it is a procedure that requires you to perform some preliminary operations, without which it is not possible to complete the procedure successfully.
The first step you need to perform is to make a backup of the game: this can be done by copying the game folder to another location, so as to restore it in case of problems.
The root folder of GTA IV, if you did not change the path during installation, is located in C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IV (version Rockstar Games) or C:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV (version Steam).
Other than that, you need to install some tools to enable changes on GTA IV: OpenIV e Asi Loader. The first tool is for modifying the game installation files, while the second is for running scripts.
OpenIV is a software that allows you to import mods in PNG, WTD, WDR, WDD e WFT on GTA IV. You can download it directly from its official website and install it by following the steps I indicated in this paragraph.
After starting OpenIV, select the voice Windows sotto the dicitura Grand Theft Auto IV and then press the button KATEGORIEN to search for the GTA IV installation folder. A green message will indicate the correct functioning of OpenIV with the version of the game you have installed. Then click the button Continue twice in a row and wait for the main screen of the software to load.
For some mods, you may be required SparkIV. This is a tool used to recompile the game's IMG files with the changes in WTD, WDR, WDD e WFT of the mod. Unfortunately, however, it is not compatible with the latest version of the game and it may be difficult to use this tool.
If you want to know how to install mods through this software, I suggest you read the steps I indicated in the next paragraph.
To run scripts on GTA IV, you need Asi Loader, which you can download directly from the official website. After reaching the link I provided, click on the wording Download to perform archive retrieval.
Open the file IVAsiLoader.rar and extract the contents of the archive (dsound.dll) in the GTA IV installation folder. If you don't know how to extract files from an archive, you can read my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
You might also need it ScriptHook to run scripts compiled with the .NET language. I suggest you download the file from the GTA-expert.it portal and extract the file ScriptHookDotNet.asi and the folder scripts in the main GTA IV installation path.
Installation of Mod
If you have carried out what I indicated in the previous paragraphs to the letter, it is time to install the mods on GTA IV, which you can download from the Italian portal GTA-expert.it.
If you want to install one script, after choosing it from those available in the GTA-expert.it database, click on the button Download and take the compressed archive, then open it and, inside it, you will find a file TXT which will show you the folder where to extract the files. Usually, for scripts compiled with .NET language, you are asked to extract the files in the folder scripts.
To apply mods on vehicles or other objects in the game, in general the operation to be performed is to replace the files WTD, WDR, WDD o WFT, present in the compressed archive of the mod with the original ones present in the files I'M G correspondents.
For this you can use OpenIV: after extracting the files from the archive, start the program and go to the path in the left sidebar pc > models > cdimages. Then open the file I'M G required by the mod you downloaded, locate the files to replace and then press the button Edit mode, which is located at the top.
Then select one of the files to be replaced and right-click on it, then choosing the item Replace from the context menu. Finally, replace the file with the corresponding one you extracted and repeat this step for all files to be replaced.
Install Mods on GTA San Andreas
If you own GTA San Andreas, you can apply some mods that have been made for this game. To succeed in the enterprise, follow the procedures indicated in the next paragraphs.
First, make a backup of the game installation folder, which you find in C:Program Files (x86)Rockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto San Andreas (version Rockstar Games) or C:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonGrand Theft Auto San Andreas (version Steam).
Once this is done, proceed with the download of a tool necessary to install most of the mods for GTA San Andreas: IMG Tool. You can get it from the GTA-expert.it website. After downloading the archive, extract the file IMGTool.exe on the desktop or any folder of your choice. It does not require any installation and I will show you how it works through the procedure indicated in the next paragraph.
Installation of Mod
After you have done the preliminary steps to perform on GTA San Andreas, it's time to install the mods. First, go to the GTA-expert.it website to access the mod database for this game.
After finding the one you like best, download it using the appropriate button, so as to take the compressed archive. Within the archive in question you will find some files that may have the extension.FDF O .TXD, just to give an example. Additionally, you may find an TXT with specific instructions for installing the mod.
Extract all the contents of the archive to any folder on your computer, then open IMG Tool e seleciona le voci Fillet > Open from the top menu, then choosing the file I'M G required by the mod (in the models present in the main path of GTA San Andreas). Then press the button F2 on the keyboard to search for the name of the file to replace, right-click on it and select the item Replace give the menu answer.
Now you have to select the corresponding file that you extracted previously on your computer. After you have replaced all the files, click on the items Commands > Rebuild archive that you find in the top bar to recompile the file and install the mod. Easy, right?