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The Sims Package Selector (Auto load Appropriate Editor) [Sims 4 supported] [supports windows and linux/wine]

by Digitalchaos Posted 19th Dec 2009 at 12:37 PM - Updated 24th Mar 2016 at 9:44 PM by Digitalchaos : release updated version
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Current Version: (Download - Msi Installer)
See comments for notes about changes to new versions

I have created another utility that is for both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 Package Files (also supports Sims 4 packages as of
As of v1.1.0.15
+ icon overlays have been removed -- they don't work anymore
+ support has been added to translate paths when ran under linux/wine.

Source for this is available through the subversion repository (here)

The application is installed to this default location: (but can be installed anywhere you want)
%PROGRAMFILES%\Network Solutions\TheSimsPackageSelector

What it does:
If you mod for both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, with this utility you will only have to double-click on a package file and it will automatically load into the correct package editor (fully configurable, of course).

This utility will associate itself as the default program for opening Sims2/Sims3 .package files.

It will determine if it is a Sims2 or Sims3 package and pass it on to the appropriate package editor.
**NOTE: The full path to the package file is passed to the executable, on the commandline, currently if any other "arguments" are required to pass in a filename to the application - this utility will not work until I add support for custom commandline args (if they are needed)

This will work for SimPE, S3PE/Postal, S4PE, or any tool that can open a package file from the command line (where only the filename is needed).

The package editors that you use can be configured by passing "-configure" on the commandline: (this will be done when running the utility for the firsttime, by double-clicking on a .package file)
TheSimsPackageSelector.exe -configure

You will see this dialog: (You can configure your Sims 2 and Sims 3 Package editors by entering the fullpath to the executables)

Icon Overlays were removed in v1.1.0.15 (because they stopped working correctly and were difficult to maintain)
Also, as an added bonus, you will get special Icon Overlays for the package files: (the icon is the lower left, the green "sims 3 icon" by Augermage)
You will get two icons, each one representing either a Sims 2 or Sims 3 Package file -- looks at the Major version of the DBPF file format.
Version 2 or Greater = Sims 3, Less than version 2 = Sims2

Not only will you get the icons for package files, but anything that is a valid DBPF file and has the appropriate versions.


Additional Credits:
I would like to thanks:
~Augermage for creating the Sims 3 Icon that I used for both Sims2/Sims3 icon overlays (~Augermage's Sims 3 Icon )

This is a multi-part download:

Download the msi file from the links at the top of the main post (near 'current version')
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
download_instructions.zip | Description: DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS - Follow instructions under 'Multi-Part Download' 300 Bytes 3,123 24th Jun 2010
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.

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Operating System: Windows Linux
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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