The best GTA 5 mods

Since its PC launch in 2015, Grand Theft Auto 5 has been flooded with thousands upon thousands of user-made mods—so much so this is our third run at adding to an already extensive list. Since we last visited the scene, it seems the modding community has tired of what might be considered ‘sensible’ modifications—shaders, graphics overhauls, and the likes—and is instead revelling in ways to make the Los Santos streets more fun, silly, and/or dangerous. 

On the last page, we'll tell you what you need to install your mods. This article was originally published on May 6, 2015, updated and republished on September 17, 2015, and then updated and republished once more on September 16, 2016. As you can see we're always updating it, so please do check back later for more.

A warning before we start: As the recent OpenIV fiasco clearly outlined, Rockstar has clarified its stance on modding and has said it does not ban players for modding their single-player game. With that in mind, don't ever use mods in GTA Online and to play it safe, don't join GTA Online with single-player mods installed. 

Ironman Script Mod Version 2.0 

Veteran superhero modder JulioNIB has iterated and reiterated on their Los Santos-flavoured Iron Man since GTA 5 first landed on PC over two years ago. First we had the Iron Man Script mod, then the Mini Hulkbuster IronmanV venture, and now we have the Ironman Script Mod Version 2.0. The latter is easily the most accomplished, impressive, and, crucially, fun addition yet—and comes packing new animations, new effects, new sounds, and new ways to tear up the game's faux Los Angeles streets. 

Jetpack, Just Cause Grappling Hook

While some GTA 5 mods enhance the base game's visuals or tweak how certain in-game systems operate, there's a lot to be said about the ones built solely for entertainment value. Both Jet Pack and Just Cause 3 Grappling Hook fall squarely into the latter camp. The former replicates the unorthodox skybound mode of transport that featured in Grand Theft Auto 5's 2004 forerunner San Andreas; while the latter equips Michael, Franklin and Trevor with Just Cause's iconic sticks-to-everything grappling hook. Seriously, catapulting yourself from ground level upwards to blimp height never fails to amuse.   

LSPDFR

Tired of battling the cops? Why not join 'em? The Police Mod Script was once our go-to for GTA five-o fare, however LSPDFR is a far more involved endeavor which carries over from GTA 4's mod of similar structure. Listen to the police scanners, report to high speed chases and shootouts, and lend a general hand in restoring order to Los Santos. With no enforceable wanted level, however, there's scope to take the law into your own hands.  

Superman, The Flash, the Green Goblin

Another trio of super-powered, spandex-sporting characters here by way of Superman, The Flash and the Green Goblin. Everything from laser-firing eyes, superhuman strength, lightning-paced speed and being an absolute evil b*****d is covered here—the latter of which you might feel slightly less morally compromised by, given the Green Goblin is an out-and-out supervillain. That said, Superman and The Flash would have made some bad ass baddies too. Here's your chance to discover why.   

Dragons V

GTA 5 has been treated to a few dragon script mods in the past, but few as sophisticated and fun as JulioNIB’s Dragons V. All the standard mythical winged beast credentials are delivered with aplomb: breathing fire, flying, snatching pedestrians and hurtling them into the air. You'll need the dragon models created by Quechus13, which you can find here and here