Civ 5 Mod Folder

Download files from the Steam workshop! New games added! FaceRig, Stonehearth, Mount & Blade: Warband, Barotrauma, Empyrion: Galactic Survival, Craft The World, Surviving Mars, Mindustry. This page is a resource for Civilization: Beyond Earth fan mods. Beyond Earth currently supports FireTuner, Mod Buddy (available in Steam Tools) and Nexus. Mods can be enabled via the game's Steam Workshop page. Subscribe to the mods you're interested in and then activate them in game to play. Discuss mods with other Wikia users in the forums. 1 Guides 2 Featured Mods 2.1 (RT) Protok World. Click on the link for the version of the nq mod you wish to download. Press download on the next page. Find your download and extract it to somewhere memorable. Copy the extracted folder. Find the Civ 5 DLC folder usually found at C: Program Files (x86) Steam SteamApps common Side Meier’s Civilization V DLC. This one’s easy. In the next screen, select “Browse Mods” to review the Civilization V mods you’ve already installed, or look around for new goodies to play. Now you’ll be taken to the Civilization V Mods manager. From the Menu along the top, select “online” to review a giant list of mods.

Re: How to install a mod for Civ 5 In step 13 the 'set up game' has disapeared after downloading a LOTR mod. Only options are 'load game' and 'custom game' no mods appear in playable list and the map is not in my map list.

This page includes information on the Civ5 Modding Tools as well as links to other useful programs.

  • 5Testing and debugging

World Builder

The stand-alone world builder allows users to create and modify maps and scenarios for Civilization V.

Mod Buddy

An editor (IDE) for the XML and Lua elements of the game and allows for the creation, packaging, and uploading of mods. To use it, you have to install the Visual Studio 2010 Shell (Isolated) Redistributable Package. ModBuddy will prompt you to install this if you don't have it already
Installing ModBuddy Extensions


A collection of tools to to work with the art in Civilization V.
Initial Look at Nexus, 3D Unit Art, and Reskinning
Note that Photoshop templates for icons are also bundled in the SDK, under the Art folder (in Programs Files/Steam/..).


An advanced debugging terminal. It displays the lua output, provides an interactive console and can be simply extended with custom controls and tables.
Do not forget to modify your *.ini files, see Debugging#Configuration.
Simple Tuner Modifications

Since the documentation is sparse, you need a tool to quickly inspect the civ5 source and data files and search in all of them at once. See also this comparison of search tools.


A great and renowned text editor with a 'search in all files' feature (hit ctrl + shift + f). Used by many developers around the world. Download.

Visual C++ 2010 Express

This is Microsoft's free C/C++ IDE, which is needed in order to compile the DLL. It includes code editing, autocompletion, compilation, and debugging and can be downloaded here. NOTE: any more modern version of Visual Studio should work so long as you have VC++ 2010 installed as well.

Dragon unpacker

Can extract the Firaxis packages (.fpk files). Download.

DDS Unpacker

Some DDS files have been compressed even further and look messed up if you open them in an image viewer. This tool rebuilds them. Download.


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An images browser to get a quick look at all the DDS files to spot the one you're looking for. Download.

FireTuner: Textures Viewer

A FireTuner panel to browse most of the game's textures. Download.

FireTuner: Icons ViewerSts 3.9.6 download for mac.

A FireTuner panel to browse the game's icons. Download.

NVidia Texture Tools for Photoshop

A Photoshop plugin to save textures under the DDS format. Download

An easy-to-use and moderately powerful open-source image editor for Windows that natively supports the DDS format. Download


A free & open source image editing and manipulation tool. Very useful for creating 2d assets (icons). A windows installer version can be downloaded here.

Nexus Buddy 2

Created by a member of the CFC community, this tool makes it much easier to work with 3d assets, especially for things other than units. You can download the latest version from the forums here, and it is actively updated by its author.

SQLite tools

Anytime it starts a game, Civilization V saves a SQLite snapshot of the database, including the changes made by mods, under Civ5DebugDatabase.db.

SQLite Manager

NOTE: This is at the moment not compatible with the latest version of Firefox. The latest version it is compatible with is 19.0.

A Firefox plug-in, slightly more powerful than the previous tool. Download


A Windows software to inspect the SQLite files. Download

SQLite Browser

A Windows software to inspect the SQLite files. Download

Cheating tools and game inspectors

In-game Editor (IGE)

Add or remove units, cities, resources, change the terrain, trigger wars, etc. Convenient to quickly test your mod. Download (also on the Steam Workshop).

FireTuner: Techs and policies panel

A FireTuner panel to list, grant and revoke techs and policies. Download.
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This is a general guide for installing my mods, if you need it.

General Installation

  1. Load the game application and select the mods screen.
  2. Click the enable button on the mods you'd like to activate.
  3. Click NEXT (not Back). Wait for the 'Configuring Game Data..' popup to complete.
  4. Play!

Steam Installation

  1. Select the green Subscribe button at the top of the page. This will automatically download the mod into your DocumentsMy GamesSid Meier's Civilization 5MODS folder. If it doesn't, you can try restarting the game application. If it still doesn't, deleting your cache folder in My GamesSid Meier's Civilization 5 will force the game to redownload all your currently subscribed mods (this does not affect your saves).
  2. See the General Installation instructions above.

Manual Installation

  1. Download the .civ5mod file by copying the mod's Steam Workshop URL into steamworkshop.downloader
  2. Place the downloaded .civ5mod file into your DocumentsMy GamesSid Meier's Civilization 5MODS folder. You can either leave it and let the game install it for you (in which case, move onto step 3 below), or you can manually unzip the file (.civ5mod files are civ's unique compression format).
  3. See the General Installation instructions above.

Mac Installation

You can install mods onto the Mac version of Civ by following this guide. Note, however, that mods that include or depend on a custom DLL are not compatible with Mac versions of Civ.


In general, the Civ V Steam Workshop is notoriously bad when it comes to installing mods reliably. Deleting your cache folder in My GamesSid Meier's Civilization 5 usually does the trick, as this will force the game to redownload all your currently subscribed mods (this does not affect your saves). If that fails (or redownloading ALL your mods doesn't appeal to you), manual installation is your best bet.
For more advanced troubleshooting of mods themselves, see here.


Civ 5 Lekmod

Civ V does not officially support modded multiplayer, but there are some workarounds (see below). However, I cannot guarantee that my mods work in MP and attempting to do so is at your own risk.