How to edit mods without restarting your game

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How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by asyvan » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:17 pm

I thought I would share something not everybody knows.
Here is how to change and fine tune mods without restarting your game between changes.
  • Modify your game.xml (in same directory as your savegames). Change <controls> to "true".

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  • Unzip the mod you are changing or tuning in a folder in your mods folder. FS19 can read mods that are unpacked in folders as well as ZIP-ed mods (single player only). Like this example for the Case Puma mod:
  • Start FS19 with launch option -cheats, this will enable additional commands in the console.
    gsReloadVehicle for example.

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  • Now you are able to change files in the mod without restarting the game between your changes. Simply do like this:
    1. Change your mod (XML or i3D) in the folder you unpacked in your mod folder, and save.
    2. Open console (the key left of key 1 on your keyboard, above the tab key), press again to get a prompt and type gsReloadVehicle
    3. Your mod is reloaded, test it out
    4. If it's a motorized vehicle you can check power and weight with gsVehicleDebugPhysics
    5. Repeat from step 1 until you are satisfied.
Edit don_apple: topic moved from 'General Discussion' to 'Modding' since it is related to modding the game. Also pinned the topic so that it stays at the top in the list of topics in the section.
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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by mikejl46 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:59 am

Great tip, Thanks

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by High Cotton » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:12 pm

Thank you this will save me hours!!!

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by Doctor ZXXI » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:40 pm

Hello all and thank you for this interessant tip.

I'm a new user of this board from Portugal and I would like to learn about the game and mod creation/modification.

I download the following mod: ... truck-fsm/

I launch Farming Simulator 19 with the option -cheats to apply directly the modification after implement it.

And only for my private use, I would like to change the licence plate to another one. So, I unzipped the zip file mod
and modify the dds files with Paint.Net.

After modifying the mod, the modification are taken into account and I can see it in the store inside the game.
However, if a zipped the folder to create a zip file and launch the game again, the following error ocurred (extract
from log.txt):

Error: Failed to open xml file 'C:/Users/XXX/Documents/My Games/FarmingSimulator2019/mods/Iveco_Stralis_Clixtar_Bale_Autoload/modDesc.xml'.
Load mod: Iveco_Stralis_Clixtar_Bale_Autoload (Hash: 3fcbe0f6ea539c039ca84c1b1a0b2669)
Error: Missing descVersion attribute in mod Iveco_Stralis_Clixtar_Bale_Autoload

I don't figure out. If I use the modified folder it works, but if I create a zip file based on this folder the error below
is displayed.

Can you please help me to solve this error?

Of course, the folder contained the mod and the zip file are in the mod folder of Farming Simulator 19. For the first test I only have the folder contained the mod in Farming Simulator 19 mod folder and for the second test, I only have the zip file containing the mod inside the mod folder of Farming Simulator 19

Thanks in advance.

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by iosman987 » Fri May 01, 2020 8:10 pm

I often try mods out and then decide I don't want some for the map I'm playing at present so use ingame mod window to uninstall. Why is it that they do not then show up on ingame modhub list for if I do want it on a later map? They vanish completely. Thanks

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by dirtywastegash » Sun May 17, 2020 6:20 am

Does anyone know if this works on 17, and if so how to do it with Microsoft store version?
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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by zachthegamer99 » Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:40 am

How do i Fix the error that happens when i edit the mod and try to save it? it always says the process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

Im on windows 10

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by Alagos » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:53 am

You probably need to unzip your mod.
I assume people don't use Seasons, unless they say otherwise.

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by ShawnDaGeek » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:00 am

Is there a way to reload a Mod Map with out having to create a new save game?

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Re: How to edit mods without restarting your game

Post by Procobator » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:52 pm

This process also doesn’t work on script (Lua) mods.

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