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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
677 Comments / replies (Who?) - 13 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts
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!

Changelog

Changes:
- 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 365,753 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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#651 Old 25th Jun 2016 at 7:21 AM
omg thank you so much
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#652 Old 13th Jul 2016 at 6:47 PM
thanks
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#653 Old 26th Jul 2016 at 5:51 PM
Is there a way of reversing this? I downloaded it and now i cant get my game to work wont go past a black screen! dont want to lose all my CC!
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#654 Old 5th Aug 2016 at 1:30 AM
Will "Delphy" be making a Sims4 version of the Multi Installer like he did for the Sims2 and the Sims3?
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#655 Old 15th Aug 2016 at 12:01 AM
Default Is this program only for window not macs?
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Originally Posted by ilovemycats
Is there a way of reversing this? I downloaded it and now i cant get my game to work wont go past a black screen! dont want to lose all my CC!


I'm sorry to reply to your message, I couldn't figure out how to make a new post, I hope you got your game to work. Thank you to anyone that can answer this
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#656 Old 16th Sep 2016 at 11:30 AM
Many many thanks!
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#657 Old 11th Oct 2016 at 12:05 AM
really awesomemod. convert packs into packages, and then using another mod, combine them all, so the game run very smoothly with as many mos as i want.
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#658 Old 14th Oct 2016 at 11:06 AM
WHY???? WHY??? Am I just now finding out about this awesome time saver!!! Oh man, this is great I wish I would have found it earlier
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#659 Old 15th Oct 2016 at 10:28 PM
thanks
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#660 Old 12th Dec 2016 at 11:43 AM
Default Hey the same thing happen to me have u figured it out?
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Originally Posted by NovaSimmer
Hey! I'm pretty sure I did something wrong because now I don't know what files are what because they all have different names! Ugh xD Can I do anything to fix it? At all?? Thanks!
Same thing happen to me have u figured it out?
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#661 Old 8th Jan 2017 at 6:47 PM
Thank you so much, read the install helper thingy, and it helped I just needed to put the Sim3Pack files into my downloads :D
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#662 Old 10th Feb 2017 at 6:46 PM
This is a really awesome tool, has saved me a lot of time, but today when doing a virus scan with Iobit Malware Fighter, it picked up this programme as having a Trojan. Do you think it's a false positive?
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#663 Old 4th Mar 2017 at 6:38 AM
This creation is the only reason I have cc in my game at all. THANK YOU!! Without this creation, I would have been unable to install cc. My Sims packs stopped installing themselves somewhere after one of the updates between Seasons. After that I set out to find a way around it. If it wasn't for your creation in enabling Sims3packs to become. packages, I would have given up on TS3 a long time ago!! Again, THANK YOU!! You're amazing!!
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#664 Old 4th Mar 2017 at 10:44 AM
Thanks for creating this tool. I do recommend it to anyone who wants to merge their CC with S3PE as it turns your .Sims3Packs into .packages so that the file format would be compatible with S3PE so you an merge your CC.
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#665 Old 11th Mar 2017 at 5:57 PM Last edited by DerpyTanuki : 11th Mar 2017 at 6:14 PM.
I can't seem to make it work I selected a folder with .sims3pack files and then the destination folder, click extract and nothing happens, it says that its done but when I check the destination folder it's completely empty Help?

UPDATE: First I tried with 12 .sims3pack files and it didn't work. I can't install them with the launcher either, they appear as brown boxes, the install option is greyed out.

Tried it again with 15, added three files more (I could install them with the launcher) and the only ones that are perfectly extracted are those three I added...

I wanted to try this program as a way to be able to install the cc that I normally couldn't with the launcher (it's not the first time that it happened and I don't know why I can't install them)
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#666 Old 2nd Apr 2017 at 9:30 PM
HI, so this didint work for me and i need to ask that do i have to have the original sims3packs in dowload folder same time that i have the same files extracted in packages? Thanks
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#667 Old 22nd Apr 2017 at 1:59 AM
I have a big problem so when i installed them they changed the file names into gibberish ! so now half of the sims 3 pack files i converted into package are gibberish name files that i can't delete or see what cc it is or anything how do i fix it to recognize what cc it was or change it back please help this been a problem for almost a year now
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#668 Old 23rd Apr 2017 at 1:40 AM
Thank you, i will try it out
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#669 Old 13th May 2017 at 8:13 PM
can anyone help me....so i've downloaded everything, its all looking good then BOOM! i'm hit with "there are no sim packs located in folder" - what did i do wrong?

i've tried changing the destination of the folders but nothing is working, it just keeps stating that. Someone please help me
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#670 Old 21st May 2017 at 2:18 AM
THANK YOU
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#671 Old 16th Jun 2017 at 10:18 AM
it works perfecly for me - great tool, Thank you so much!!! ♥
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#672 Old 28th Jun 2017 at 5:43 PM
You are priceless! Thanks so much.
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#673 Old 8th Jul 2017 at 9:43 PM
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Originally Posted by DerpyTanuki
UPDATE: First I tried with 12 .sims3pack files and it didn't work. I can't install them with the launcher either, they appear as brown boxes, the install option is greyed out.

Tried it again with 15, added three files more (I could install them with the launcher) and the only ones that are perfectly extracted are those three I added...

You've answered your own question here. Stop & think about it logically. The 12 sims3packs that didn't work with the launcher also didn't work with the extractor, the 3 sims3packs that worked with the extractor also worked with the launcher. Have a clue yet?

Delphy's extractor isn't the problem! The sim3packs files you're trying to convert are bad or corrupted! That's why you can't install them in the launcher & also why the extractor won't work on them either. You need to try downloading new copies of these sims3packs. Take the ones that don't work & delete them, they are messed up & useless.

You don't say whether these nonworking sims3packs are CC or if they're store items.
If they are items from EA's sims3 store, then they will work as long as the files download correctly.
If the sims3packs are CC from another place & won't work no matter how many times you download new copies, then the original file you're downloading from is bad, & you should contact the person who made it if possible.

Delphy's extractor only converts sims3packs to .packages, it can't fix bad sims3packs.

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I wanted to try this program as a way to be able to install the cc that I normally couldn't with the launcher (it's not the first time that it happened and I don't know why I can't install them)

"I made an omelet with rotten eggs, it tastes disgusting and I don't know why!" PEBMAC
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#674 Old 8th Jul 2017 at 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by SydnyeVanessa
I have a big problem so when i installed them they changed the file names into gibberish ! so now half of the sims 3 pack files i converted into package are gibberish name files that i can't delete or see what cc it is or anything how do i fix it to recognize what cc it was or change it back please help this been a problem for almost a year now


Ok first of all, there's a little box that says "rename files" at the bottom of the extractor's interface. If it's enabled (has a check mark in the box), it will automatically rename a package to the same name as the sim3pack it was converted from.

However the renaming feature can only work on sims3packs that only have one package in them. If your sims3pack contains more than one package, the packages will still have "gibberish" names (actually they are not really gibberish, they are based on technical information inside the file). You can look inside packages with s3pe. Follow these installation instructions & when the installer asks you to associate S3PE with .package files, do so. Now S3PE should be the default opener for packages & you should be able to open them just by double clicking on them.
Once you can open a .package with s3pe: Scroll down the list in the left panel with the scroll bar. There's probably lots of weird looking entries in there, but don't worry, look in the "type" listing for entries marked "ICON" or "THUM". These entries are the icon & thumbnail pictures that get displayed in-game or in the launcher. When you find one just click on it & the picture will be displayed in the right panel in s3pe. Once you recognize the CC from it's picture, close S3PE & rename the .package to something sensible.
Now that you've identified & renamed your .package, go kick yourself for being foiled by something so simple for a year.

If S3PE throws up an error message or says it can't open the .package, then that means your .package file is bad. You can try reconverting a new one from the sim3pack, but if keeps coming up with the error each time you make a new .package, then the problem is in the sim3pack & you'll have to try downloading a new copy of the sims3pack.
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#675 Old 16th Jul 2017 at 10:23 PM
Hi, I'm trying to convert my store items to .package and combine them, but I'm running up to an error. I'm not sure if it is down to bad files. This is the error when I try to open the converted files in Sim3PE.

"This file does not contain the expected package identifier in the header.
This could be because it is a protected package (e.g. a Store item), a Sims3Pack or some other random file.
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Error message:
Expected magic tag 'DBPF'. Found 'DBPP'."
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