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

by Tashiketh 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!


- 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 377,241 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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Test Subject
#676 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 7:48 PM
Originally Posted by simgrassalidale
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.
Error message:
Expected magic tag 'DBPF'. Found 'DBPP'."

I bolded the answer to your problem.

Store items have some sort of copy protection built into them. There is a program that's supposed to remove the copy protections, s3rc, but I haven't used it personally. Try the tutorial on this page http://forum.livingsims.net/showthread.php?tid=294 it has a link to download s3rc.
Test Subject
#677 Old 12th Oct 2017 at 8:27 PM
what a useful tool! thx so much Delphy!
Test Subject
#678 Old 13th Nov 2017 at 5:06 PM
Default It doesn't work ;___;
So I extracted all of my sims3pack and then I put them in Mods folder, but it doesn't show in game :c but when I download normal .package cc everything is fine. I don't know what to do pls help :c
Test Subject
#679 Old 25th Jan 2018 at 12:50 AM
Originally Posted by kraina.pierogow
So I extracted all of my sims3pack and then I put them in Mods folder, but it doesn't show in game :c but when I download normal .package cc everything is fine. I don't know what to do pls help :c

try putting the converted files in the 'library' folder { documents-electronic arts-sims3-library}
Lab Assistant
#680 Old 31st Jan 2018 at 9:45 PM
Default Subtyping and self identification issue with extracted files...
Hi there, I am having a bizarre issue. So, I download a 3 pack from TSR and I eztract it with this program so that it gives me a package file. Then I put the package file into mods folder. CC shows up in game, but when I put it ON the sim then export the sim, the presence of the items changes the sim type from Sims 3 Package to CAS PART (HAIR) or whatever the item is that I used your program to extract. This happens with hair, make up, clothing etc. The minute it take the item off of the sim then export, the sim returns to identifying as a package file under TYPE.

One question I have is whether theres something else I need to do to make the extracted file not do this? Is this an expected result? Now, if I install that 3 pack through launcher, rather than the extracted package, I can then put it on my sim and export without it changing her subtype. Only the end product after using this program is doing this to my sim, not the original 3 pack itself. I am using a hair from TSR by ADE to do all my testing with this, and I know that is good cc.

is it a problem that my sim TYPE is changed to identify her as a CAS part?

Here is a link to photos of the issue and a conversation I have going with Crinrict https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-...t/false#M228358

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I miss Sims 3, but not Error Code 12. Good Riddance.
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