How to download workshop mod's as non-steam user.

Started by Canute, June 23, 2020, 05:57:16 AM

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this is for the minority of people who don't use steam for various reason.
Since 95% of all mods are released at the workshop and only a few of the mod author's provide non-steam download link it was sometimes frustrating to get interesting mods.

I discoved some websites which allow to download workshop mods.  (bad expierence since i rarely got he latest version of the mod even after tynan set some flag) (worked well, but sometimes overrun and you still need to copy/unzip the mod manualy)

The author of RimPy the offline mod manager add the integration of SteamCMD, a commandline tool from valve itself. SteamCMD allow you to download workshop entries with an anonymous login, so you don't need a steam account.
Direct download at the steam description.

Get SteamCMD
Install SteamCMD
Install RimPy
Setup the path's, without using steam let the path for steam mod's empty.
Under Downloader, you can setup SteamCMD (button is down left).

RimPy download and install SteamCMD by it own now. !

First use the browser, to select a workshop mod.
Then use "Add mod to download list" and continue browsing and adding.
"Check for updates", would check for updates from workshop mods and add them to the download list
To remove entries from the download list, double click at them.
Then use "Download" to activate steamCMD and download the mod's from the download list.
They auto. get copied to the Mods folder.

It can't happen that the download with SteamCMD don't work, i encounter that problem serveral times so far.
But i think it is because of your anonymous login and registered user get prefered.
I suggest that you try it again a few hours laters.




Thank you very much! I have GOG copy and it is so sad I'm not able to use workshop :(


I'd like to note that there is a 3rd party mod manager called "RimPy" that is amazing, and includes a non-steam downloader from Steam using Steam CMD
This "mod" is simply a database to help auto-sort. You can probably use RimPy to also download the database.
It's seriously amazing.

Fuck I need to learn to read.


Rimpy Setup changed. No need to download SteamCMD manually.
1. Run Rimpy
2. Setup folders to the appropriate folders in upper block
3. Go to Downloader tab and setup SteamCMD (it will be automatically downloaded)
Here is a video instruction:


I'm appending to this thread that you can use rmm for downloading and updating Workshop mods without Steam. It is essentially apt or pacman for RimWorld mods. The tool is open source and has minimal dependencies. If you are a Linux or MacOS user, you might find it useful and can check it out here:

It can be installed with:
python -m pip install --user rmm-spoons

Installing RimHud, etc:
rmm sync rimhud


Feeling like a right mug here, but how do you actually download mods?

Looks like I got it set up correctly on my Linux Mint system, but had to download and install SteamCMD manually. No more error messages about failing to download in there now. Are we supposed to use something in the Download tab? Because that whole thing is blank really for me. Look below (if the attachment is actually added here..?).


The download link is not working for me. Does it work for you?


Thank you so much for sharing this very useful information with nonsteam users like me. I downloaded it but it doesn't work smoothly, maybe it's because I installed it the wrong way.


For those who don't use Steam, accessing mods from the Steam Workshop can be challenging. However, there are alternative methods available. Websites like offer the option to download workshop mods, although they may occasionally be overrun and require manual extraction with apps for remodeling homes.


RimPy, an offline mod manager, integrates SteamCMD, allowing anonymous login to download mods without a Steam account. Despite occasional difficulties with SteamCMD downloads, retrying later usually resolves the issue. It's important to note that using third-party tools may not provide the latest mod versions. Caution should be exercised to ensure reliable sources are used when downloading mods to avoid security risks and compatibility issues like Recovering from a car repossession? (continue).


I followed the instructions and successfully activated the mods using RimPy, the offline mod manager. fnf