How to edit mods without restarting your game

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asyvan
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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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    <development>
            <controls>true</controls>
    </development>
  • 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:
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  • Start FS19 with launch option -cheats, this will enable additional commands in the console.
    gsReloadVehicle for example.

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    gsAddBale
    gsAddDirtAmount
    gsAddPllet
    gsAddWearAmount
    gsAddWildlifeAnimalToDebug
    gsBuyAllFarmlands
    gsBuyFarmland
    gsCheatMoney
    gsCheatSilo
    gsClearTipArea
    gsDrawRawInput
    gsFillUnitAdd
    gsFillVehicle
    gsLoadAllVehicles
    gsLoadTree
    gsReloadAmbientSounds
    gsReloadVehicle
    gsSellAllFarmlands
    gsSellFarmLand
    gsSetDebugRenderingMode
    gsSetFieldFruit
    gsSetFieldFruitAll
    gsSetFieldGround
    gsSetFieldGroundAll
    gsSetFuel
    gsSetOperatingTime
    gsSetTemperature
    gsShowPlacementCollisions
    gsShowTipCollisions
    gsShowVehicleDistance
    gsTipFillType
    gsToggleAmbientSoundsDebug
    gsToggleDebugPlayerFSM
    gsToggleDebugStateJump
  • 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.
//Jens E
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mikejl46
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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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