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

by Delphy Posted 15th Aug 2009 at 9:33 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:13 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!

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 357,985 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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Lab Assistant
#76 Old 1st Sep 2009 at 11:22 AM
wow that tool comes in handy, 20 files extracted in 1 second, i can't thank you enough Delphy

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Test Subject
#77 Old 2nd Sep 2009 at 5:05 PM
I think this program is a great idea. I hated how time consuming the sims3packs are. I am running a 64 bit system in vista and it seems to work well for me. I will post back if I have any problems. Thanks so much!
Lab Assistant
#78 Old 3rd Sep 2009 at 1:30 PM
Any word on when we can expect the fixed name-change update?
Test Subject
#79 Old 3rd Sep 2009 at 11:55 PM Last edited by NURbahagia : 4th Sep 2009 at 5:05 AM.
it's a .rar file. i can't download. access denied. i think it's my network admin. but if it's .zip i can.i dunno why. can u make this into .zip?
Test Subject
#80 Old 5th Sep 2009 at 10:28 AM
Well, Sims3Packages seem to not work for me as i downloaded and it gives me a critical system failure when trying to install so i thought this may be a work-around but it splits the town i downloaded(Riverview) in exactly 27 package files, and I tried to install them all with install helper monkey but the content doesn't appear in-game...
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Original Poster
#81 Old 5th Sep 2009 at 6:14 PM
Update Sept 5th:
- This version should finally fix the "Rename" checkbox for Sims3Packs with single packages inside.

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Test Subject
#82 Old 6th Sep 2009 at 2:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
Update Sept 5th:
- This version should finally fix the "Rename" checkbox for Sims3Packs with single packages inside.


Thank you, the renaming option works now, and renames the package files!
Lab Assistant
#83 Old 7th Sep 2009 at 6:14 PM Last edited by babygirl4595 : 8th Sep 2009 at 4:10 AM.
yay, the renaming works, i just have to check to see if the lots are now installed too.

EDIT: the lots still do not show up in game, but everything else does.
Test Subject
#84 Old 13th Sep 2009 at 2:56 AM Last edited by krash1220 : 13th Sep 2009 at 3:22 AM.
Nevermind. Finally got it working.
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Test Subject
#85 Old 21st Sep 2009 at 1:55 AM
does this work for lots? i see it in my packages folder but not in the game ... :/
Lab Assistant
#86 Old 24th Sep 2009 at 12:10 AM
Thank you so much, this is amazing. x
Lab Assistant
#87 Old 27th Sep 2009 at 6:40 AM
Thank you. For some odd reason my Sims 3 Installer decided to stop working. So this is very much needed!

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Test Subject
#88 Old 30th Sep 2009 at 5:01 AM
Ah! this is just what i need, but I'm on a mac! ): I can't run EXE programs.
Do you have an alternative?
Field Researcher
#89 Old 8th Oct 2009 at 12:05 PM
Sooo...I'm not sure how I managed to play/download without this. You are a lifesaver, Delphy.
Test Subject
#90 Old 9th Oct 2009 at 9:34 PM
Wonderful :D
Lab Assistant
#91 Old 14th Oct 2009 at 2:22 AM
nice idea... too bad it doesn't work for everyone though. we feel left out. is there a problem getting this to work on XP, is it not possible?

i pass on vista... and will never willingly install that os on my computer.

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Delphinius The Great
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Original Poster
#92 Old 14th Oct 2009 at 9:54 AM
It works fine on XP.

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<Corsix> Why 'mod the sims 2' when you can mod 'mod the sims 2'?

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Lab Assistant
#93 Old 18th Oct 2009 at 6:49 AM
This is just AWESOME!! Thank you so much.

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Test Subject
#94 Old 18th Oct 2009 at 7:26 PM
I get an access denied error (for every sims3pack) when I hit extract. I'm an admin on my computer, the only user actually, and running vista x64. The same thing was happening with the install helper monkey, but it just asked me for permission after I got the update. Suggestions?
Test Subject
#95 Old 18th Oct 2009 at 7:46 PM
Never mind, forgot to run as administrator Thanks Delphy!
Lab Assistant
#96 Old 25th Oct 2009 at 10:35 AM
I have an error. I'm trying to extract some new TSR sims3packs so I be that they they changed some thing in the TSR workshop in how the saved the files.
Screenshots
Delphinius The Great
site owner
Original Poster
#97 Old 25th Oct 2009 at 10:39 AM
alien among us: Can you upload that file somewhere? I'll take a look.

Tumblr - Yes, I have a blog. :)

<Corsix> Why 'mod the sims 2' when you can mod 'mod the sims 2'?

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Lab Assistant
#98 Old 25th Oct 2009 at 7:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphy
alien among us: Can you upload that file somewhere? I'll take a look.


Here's one of the files http://www.mediafire.com/?zujmjz2mbwz
Delphinius The Great
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Original Poster
#99 Old 25th Oct 2009 at 7:44 PM
I just tried that file, thanks. Using the latest version posted up it works fine.

Make sure you are using the version posted up dated 5th Sept 2009.

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<Corsix> Why 'mod the sims 2' when you can mod 'mod the sims 2'?

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
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