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Moving Steam Workshop Mods to the Manual Mod Install Folder For Windows Users

This procedure should prevent a couple of non-ideal behaviors.

-The dreaded "Downloading" problem as seen with the Workshop mods currently.

-Mod updates mid-game that could possibly prevent you from finishing your current game.

-Mods being removed from the workshop, which will wreck your game.

Folder locations:

Steam Workshop mods:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\workshop\content\294100

Manual mods folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RimWorld\Mods

Please note, these folder are dependent on where you have Steam installed on your computer, so the location may be slightly different prior to the "\Steam\Steamapps..." portion of the location.


1. Subscribe to all the mods you want to use.

2. After Steam downloads the mods, go into the Steam Workshop mods folder and then copy all of the folders present. (Drag a selection box around all the folders and then right click on one of them and select "copy")

3. Go to the Manual mods folder and then paste those folders to that location. (Right click empty file area and select "paste")

4. (optional) You can rename the folders from the steam id number to something more meaningful if you'd like. This has no bearing on how they will look in game, just makes it easier to manage within Windows. To figure out what mod is located within that folder you can go into that folder, then into the "About" folder. From there you will need to open the "About.xml" file, within the first couple of lines of that file you will see the name of the mod. This name is also what you will see when selecting the mod in-game.

5. At this point go back to Steam and un-subscribe from the mods. You don't want to leave them subscribed as having two versions of the mod has the possibility for messing things up. I would suggest making the mods a "Favorite" to make it easy to find them again.

6. Steam at this point will delete all the mod workshop content. It seems to leave the folders behind in the Steam Workshop mods folder, but the folders are empty at this point. I usually clean up by deleting those empty folders, but that also is completely optional.

7. Launch game and select mods as per usual.

8. Play!

Many thanks for writing this up. I've stickied it for at least as long as this issue continues.

If someone would like to add the process for Mac and Linux that would be very helpful. Or are those platforms not seeing this issue?

Locate steam folder by clicking on desktop, clicking on menu bar, and choosing, go>go to folder

~/Library/Application Support/Steam

The rest of the instructions appear the same.  Testing now.

What am i looking for in the document? if any values are the same?


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