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Delphy's Sims 3 Pack Multi-Extracter (Updated 5th Sept 2009)

by Tashiketh Posted 15th Aug 2009 at 10:33 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 4:13 PM by Nysha
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What does this program do?

This program (Similar to my Sims2Pack Multi-Installer) allows you to bulk extract multiple Sims 3 Pack files in a folder, extracting them to another folder (it doesn't have to be Mods\Packages, it could be a staging area).

Please note! This is NOT a replacement for the Launcher. It will NOT give extracted packages the custom content icon. It is PURELY meant to extract Sims3Packs so that you may put them in your Mods\Packages folder, or subfolders thereof.

How do I install this?

You don't. Just extract and run.

What do I need to run this?

You need .NET Framework 2.0. It has been writted and tested on Vista x32. No testing has been performed on Vista or XP x64. No testing has been performed in Mono.

How do I use this?

Run the program.
Select the folder with all your Sims3Pack files using the first "browse" button.
Select the folder where you want to extract the files to using the second "browse" button.
Click Install.

Thats it.

I used this and nothing appears in my game!

Please read the Help FAQs. Help -> Sims 3 -> Installing .package files.

Please note!

I will only answer questions in this thread directly related to the actual program. I will not answer questions asking how to install packages - we have FAQs for that!


- Added back in Clean Names, but with disclaimer - it only works on Sims 3 Packs with one package in them
- Removed error / information label to a status bar
- Added minimise button
- Renamed program to Sims3Pack Extractor, just to clarify what it actually does
Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Sims3Pack Multi Installer.rar 7.5 KB 371,572 15th Aug 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Warrior Gryphon
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#52 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 11:55 AM
Lynn5339, What on earth are you talking about? There is no install.

Lynus / anyawow1: Just ignore that box.

CarlosFilipePedro: I think you misunderstand what the program does. If there is a package file in the destination folder, then that is exactly what the program is supposed to do. There is no "install". It's up to you to specify where you want the extracted files to go.

Please read the very first thing noted in the download description - the one with the huge header.

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#53 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 12:26 PM
Thanks Delphy,nice job

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Test Subject
#55 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 4:36 PM
Thanks, Delphy. I love this program. I was avoiding people who had their downloads as Sims3Packs instead of packages simply because I didn't want them myseriouly placed by the launcher. Easy to get around the renaming thing by just popping one Pack at a time into the folder and extracting it, renaming it, then repeating. Not quite the original purpose of the program, but still quicker than the launcher and I get to control where my cc ends up.
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#56 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 7:07 PM
cfoley: The one I uploaded earlier has the rename in it now

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Lab Assistant
#57 Old 17th Aug 2009 at 2:36 AM
Originally Posted by Lynn5339
Followed all instructions (windows xp pro SP2) and get error message
"This Program cannot be run in DOS" at the bottom of the box after I click "install".

I'm sorry about the dumb mis-wording. I meant "extract" not install. I also had the wording cut off the bottom problem, but today I re-downloaded and tried again and it worked fine. Again, very sorry.
Test Subject
#58 Old 17th Aug 2009 at 3:08 AM
Originally Posted by Delphy
DaNippers: Right so I guess you missed the bit in the overview that said that it works on .NET Framework 2.0. 3.5 is not 2.0 - You MUST have 2.0 installed to use this.

3.5 includes 2.0 but meh, just letting you know was all.... guess I'll stick with Sims 3's regular junk... Nice work anyways
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 18th Aug 2009 at 4:24 AM
are the lots installing for anyone else?
Lab Assistant
#61 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 12:32 AM
Originally Posted by babygirl4595
are the lots installing for anyone else?

Not me. Presets won't show up either either.
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 4:44 AM
Hi Delphy! Great work as always , I just have one problem. When I tick the Rename Files On Save box, even on files that I know only have one package in them, it's not renaming them. Is there something else I'm supposed to do? I've got package viewers so I can open them & rename them manually, I just thought I'd ask/ let you know.
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 5:43 AM
Thanks for correcting the window bug! It works fine for me now.

However, I second the idea to rename all the files (possibly with a number at the end). 3viewer did this, but 3viewer's batch installer will skip certain files, unlike your program. The issue of duplicate files is pretty easy to resolve without you having to change anything- I myself use a free file duplicate finder to weasel out any ones I may have installed.

There's still the issue of getting Sims 3 to recognize house and preset packages that aren't installed via the Launcher, but I figure that'll be hard to resolve. Thanks a bunch!

Edit: I'm getting the same thing as Ang41187- nothing's getting renamed.
Lab Assistant
#64 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 6:45 AM
oh ok thought i was the only one with that problem, i also have the rename one too.
Lab Assistant
#65 Old 20th Aug 2009 at 2:45 AM
Originally Posted by babygirl4595
oh ok thought i was the only one with that problem, i also have the rename one too.

Maybe it's a platform deal? I have Vista 64x; what do you have?
Lab Assistant
#66 Old 20th Aug 2009 at 4:45 AM
vista 64
Test Subject
20th Aug 2009 at 5:13 AM
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Lab Assistant
#67 Old 20th Aug 2009 at 9:15 PM
I doubt it's a platform thing since I've got XP 32.
Warrior Gryphon
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#68 Old 21st Aug 2009 at 10:24 AM
I'll look at the renaming issue - I have an idea what it could be, but I've been busy with CTU. Should be updated in the next couple days.

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Mad Poster
#69 Old 21st Aug 2009 at 4:19 PM
Thanks for working on the rename issue. Great program for converting and extracting the S3P to .package files. Works great!

I don't know if you remember, but I am the one that complained about the file size on TSR Workshop S3Ps. I thought I would use this program to rectify the file size but when I use jfade's recompressorizer on those .package files from the S3Ps, they don't show in-game. I wonder if I need to use another program before compressing to make it work, or don't use the multi-pack installer and use something else to make the .program file? I did try using the 3d Viewer and then CTU, but that messed up the mesh. I am out of ideas.

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#70 Old 21st Aug 2009 at 7:12 PM
lewisb40, use MATY's compressor (s3rc). It works on sims3packs and packages.
Test Subject
#71 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 6:29 PM
My only problem is if i try and remove some of the catagories for clothes and hair , IE remove clothing catagories , so they are only in everyday etc when i try and save it i get an error message saying it cannot do that due to the file being used by another programme (when the file is not being used elsewhere ) . This happens on about two thirds of the files in my folder .
Warrior Gryphon
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#72 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 7:09 PM
Celestra: What does removing categories have to do with installing Sims3Packs? I'm confused.

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#73 Old 23rd Aug 2009 at 10:12 AM Last edited by plasticbox : 23rd Aug 2009 at 10:29 AM.
Originally Posted by Delphy
Can somebody try this on a Mac using Mono 2.0?

Works beautifully (or are explicitely asking about 2.0?). MonoFramework- here, under OS X 10.5.7, Xcode 3.1.2 with the X11 it came with.

Two things though: it unwraps the files as


instead of in a subdirectory named "clothes";

and it also appears to be a little confused when it comes to the general file structure. It seems to think that /Users/User/Desktop/ is the top level, inside that it shows a directory named "Personal" which is again my User directory (this has another Desktop, but thankfully without the "Personal" thing this time), and a "My Computer" with yet another "Personal" folder in it (including a third Desktop). Tiger's Neighbourhood Workshop has the exact same issue though, so it could just be a general mono thing.

In Wine I get the same assorted errors as with the CTU.

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Test Subject
#74 Old 23rd Aug 2009 at 11:21 AM
WOW! Works like a charm in Windows 7 Professional 64bit, except for that renaming bit where it actually doesnt rename the files... But all in all, a very nice program! Thanks!
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