Welcome to our round-up of the very best Sims 4 mods. The best Sims 4 mods can be hard to find. The community is still producing fantastic updates, with new mods appearing on ModTheSims—which has long been the go-to hub for creators—every week. There, you’ll find everything from minor tweaks (like making medicine cabinets actually dispense medicines) to complete reworks of major systems.
It can be hard to keep track of which ones are working because some of the best mods haven’t been tended to in years, and official game updates can break them or add features that make them obsolete.
With that in mind, here’s a collection of the best up-to-date mods for the Sims 4, from the tiny to the virtual life-changing. Make sure you read the installation instructions for each one, and check for any conflicts to make sure you’re not running two that will clash.
New personality traits
The Sims 4 has a long list of traits that change the way a Sim behaves, and because they’re relatively easy for modders to create you can expand that list easily. The Gamer trait, for example, lets Sims improve their gaming and programming skills more quickly, while the Functional Robots group of traits lets you create Sims that are half human, half machine.
Zodiac Traits, from modder NatashaEllenx, is one of the most wide-ranging trait mods around—it assigns characteristics based on a Sims’ star sign, with a chance to separately add behaviour-changing ‘whims’ too.
Want to try out several new traits at once? This mod lets you add more than three traits at a time, either through the Create a Sim menu (to do this, grab ‘Add Traits In Regular Menu Mod.rar’ from the mod’s download section), or via cheats. It’s all explained on the mod page.
There are pages and pages of other traits you can add: here’s a good place to start your search for something specific.
Build your own houseboat
If you’re tired on living on land then this mod lets you take to the water, transforming the game’s decorative boat models into full-on houseboats. They look pretty, and the limited space means you’ll have to get creative with what furniture you try to pack into them. It’s a good choice for a minimalist designer. Click here for a download link alongside instructions on building your first boat.
If you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, then this separate mod will let you add a custom fishing location off of the side of your new home.
The idea behind this mod from roBurky is to make your Sims’ happiness “fleeting, meaningful, and personal”. In the normal game, ‘happy’ is the default state, but with this mod your Sims will have to make do with simply being ‘fine’ most of the time. They’ll only be truly happy when something special happens to them such as meeting a new partner, ripping through a good workout or eating a tasty meal. These events, of which there are many, will boost their mood considerably for a short period of time, which feels a bit more realistic.
Don’t worry, the ‘fine’ change doesn’t mean they’ll be grumpy by default—it still counts as a positive mood state.
Old French Village
Bring the Alsace to the Sims 4 with this charming village of old-fashioned cottages. There are ten houses to choose from of varying grandeur (the mansion at the top of the hill is particularly spacious) as well as a pub and café for when your Sims feel peckish.
Somehow, modder catdenny has made the village only using default assets from the game, which is impressive. It does mean that there are slight variations in style, but unless you’re a stickler for European architecture then it probably won’t bug you. It just looks like a nice place to live.
Get to college
We’ve mentioned simmythesim’s Get to College mod before because it fills a gap that those who played The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 will keenly feel. The mod hasn’t been updated in many years, but luckily another modder has come along and patched it up. Grab it here.
Maybe one day we’ll get an official university expansion for The Sims 4, but for now this mod will let you pick one of three majors, carry out related activities and attend lectures, and study to get a good grade.
If the mod doesn’t work for you, then this University Career mod is a decent alternative. Those interested in the academic lives of their younger Sims may also want to check out Zerbu’s Go to School mod.
Less 'Musical Chairs'
This sounds boring, but Sims’ seating habits are so weird that Chris mentioned them in his review. Particularly annoying is the way they move around mid-conversation; when there are several Sims involved normal conversation can look like an elaborate game of Musical Chairs. Shimrod101 has built a mod that fixes that, making it far more likely that Sims will just stay put.
The mod’s download links are outdated, but thanks to another helpful player you can grab an updated version from here (scroll down to LittleMsSam’s comments).
Another one from Zerbu, the Turbo Careers mod makes all adult (and two teen) careers work like the active careers from the Get to Work expansion. You can download work venues from the Gallery, including ones with a combined function, or make your own as long as you make sure they have the right objects for Sims to do their work. The necessary activities for career progression are naturally related to the career—programming, cooking, exercising—and sometimes Sims will receive fieldwork. An athlete might have to go to the gym and show off her muscles. A Sim who works in business might have to offer career advice to those running retail venues.
MC Command Center
MCCC is a mega-mod that lets you tweak virtually aspect of your Sims’ lives, giving you godlike control over them and others in their world. MC lets you blacklist certain clothing items so that you won’t have to see them, even on Sims you aren’t controlling. You can set employment rates for Sims of different ages, scan Sims to find out if they’re pregnant, or even terminate the pregnancy. There are also lots of automatic settings that enable non-controlled Sims to live full lives without you, getting married and having babies of their own volition, and you can also use the mod to adjust the in-game time settings so that your Sims don’t take half a day to shower and have breakfast.
With the new Create-a-Sim tool in The Sims 4, you can spawn Sims of many different widths, but you can't alter how tall they are. This height slider from GODJUL1 lets you adjust the height of your Sims so that the world looks more naturally varied.
Once your artist Sim has churned out five paintings a day for a week you start to see the same images coming up again and again. This mod, from DaisyTighfield, replaces those default paintings for categories like abstract and classic with images from around the web, featuring lots of fanart from popular movies and video games. If you like what you see, you can follow the links provided to find the original images on the likes of Deviantart.
Gender Preference mod
The name of this mod from azoresman sounds ominous, but what is impossible in the real world is possible in The Sims: you can change the preferences Sims have for romantic partners of particular genders (in The Sims 4 currently that’s just two, female and male). You can adjust the numbers to set your Sims to prefer one gender to the exclusion of the other, to prefer one but also like the other, or to like both equally. Romance away.
Another mod that brings The Sims closer to real life is one from PolarBearSims that introduces a chance that female Sims who WooHoo rather than explicitly Try for Baby will still fall pregnant. The mod comes with a variety of different percentage risks and adjusts the chances based on where your Sims are getting it on. It also reworks aspects of pregnancy, introducing complications and possible infertility for some Sims.
It should be noted that you can also manually adjust the chances of getting pregnant in MCCC. Risky WooHoo is compatible with that mod, but MCCC will overwrite the percentage chances.
If you’re looking to change the game even more, have a proper dig into the Create a Sim ‘custom gender settings’ in the base game. They were updated a while back and now provide you with more options, such as the ability to allow same-sex couples to fall pregnant.
And for even more control, check out artulwww’s Pregnancy Mega Mod, which lets you do things like give birth to quintuplets.