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Installing content

One of the best features of Rigs of Rods is the vast amount of community-created mods available. This page will tell you everything you need to know about installing mods. You will have to launch RoR at least once for the mods directory to be created.

Installing mods

Adding a new vehicle or terrain is very simple. Follow the appropriate instructions for your operating system.

Windows

First, open File Explorer by clicking the File Explorer Icon icon on your taskbar or by pressing Windows key + E.

Click Documents, located under 'This PC' or 'Quick access':

FIle Explorer Documents

Select My Games followed by Rigs of Rods User Folder. You are now in RoR's user directory.

Place the *.zip file inside the mods folder, either by cut (CTRL+X) and paste (CTRL+V) or drag and drop. Your mods folder should now have the zip inside:

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You can also organize your mod zips by creating subfolders (e.g. mods\cars\DodgeViperGTS.zip).

That's it! You can launch Rigs of Rods now and your shiny new mod should be ready to use.

Linux

For this, we'll be using Ubuntu 20.04. Instructions should be similar if you're using another distro.

First, click the Ubuntu Files Icon icon located on your dock/launcher. You should now be in your Home directory.

Warning

If you installed RoR via the Snap Store, the user directory is located at ~/snap/rigs-of-rods/common/.

By default, RoR's user folder is named .rigsofrods, which is a hidden folder. Hidden folders can be shown by clicking the top right menu icon and enabling 'Show Hidden Files':

Ubuntu Show Hidden Files

Once enabled, open the Ubuntu .rigsofrods Folder folder. You are now in RoR's user directory.

Place the *.zip file inside the mods folder, either by cut (CTRL+X) and paste (CTRL+V) or drag and drop. Your mods folder should now have the zip inside:

Ubuntu Mod Installed

You can also organize your mod zips by creating subfolders (e.g. mods\cars\DodgeViperGTS.zip).

That's it! You can launch Rigs of Rods now and your shiny new mod should be ready to use.

Where to download mods

Mods can be downloaded from the official Repository and the Archives. You should not download mods from unofficial sites, explained below.

Things to avoid

When it comes to installing RoR mods, there are some common mistakes new players make. Here's a list of things you should avoid when installing mods.

Downloading from unofficial websites

If you search for mods, chances are you will find mods from YouTube videos, forums, and other unofficial sites. These contain stolen content , which is against our Terms of Service. They are not allowed on any of our services, including multiplayer. They may also contain viruses/malware.

Extracting zips

Unless specified in the file description (e.g. a content pack) you should NEVER extract a mod zip! Extracting usually results in conflicts with other mods, and model/texture loading failures.

Installing mods in the game directory

Some new players who fail to read this page find RoR's install directory (where RoR.exe is) and end up placing mod zips in the content folder.

This folder is ONLY for default content, installing mods here will likely result in them getting overwritten during an update or removed if you decide to uninstall. Please install mods in the correct directory, as explained above.

Installing content packs

To install content packs (a zip file containing multiple zips inside) such as the Gabester Vehicle Pack or the content packs, just extract the zip (using File Explorer or 7-Zip) into the mods folder.

Installing skinzips

Some mods may provide a *.skinzip which contains some extra liveries/skins for the vehicle. To install these, just place them inside the mods folder.

For more information about skinzips, see this page.

PSD/PDN files

These are files meant to be used by photo editing programs such as Photoshop or paint.net, they are not meant to be placed in the RoR directories.


Last update: April 23, 2021