Downloading Information

Recent Updates

After The Sims original was release, everything created was for The Sims (TS), but as new expansion packs were released, it became apparent that Maxis had changed a lot of file information for objects and eventually some naming conventions for skins. Livin' Large introduced new items such as rugs and furnitures that when cloned do not work in The Original Sims unless you have the LL expansion pack.

SimFreaks attempted to make items work for everyone when possible, though on occasion we have to make things for specific packs. With this in mind, it is necessary for us to convey information to the downloader in the easiest way possible. We devised an icon system, which has spread out through many other sites in the community. Despite the system, the increasing changes can cause a lot of confusion, we provide this information to create some clarity.

Since all files were TS only in the beginning, the release of Hot Date created a little confusion. Originally all zips were linked to the image, but as we got more expansion packs, we developed icons to specify which packs to use.

See the Icons List for clarity.

Downloading Guide

PC Users:
Assuming you accepted the default path settings on installation and installed it on your C Drive.

Extension: .wll
Install to:

C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Walls

Extension: .flr
Install to:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Floors

Extension: .cmx .skn .bmp
Install to:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Skins

Insert skins with .skn, .cmx, and .bmp extension in this directory.

Note: not all .bmp files go in here, only skins. If they say Pic in the name, they are probably not a skin. You may wish to open it first before inserting. Inserting these do not cause problems, just waste space in your skins folder. Skins usually begin with something like B001FAfitdrk_blahblah, C311MAfatlgt_blahblah or something of that nature, unless they go with an attachment such as hats, glasses, purses.

Extensions: .iff .far
Install to:
C:\ProgramFiles\Maxis\TheSims\Downloads\SimFreaks\ or
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\Downloads\

Do not install these.
.sif files contain text you may read with your text editor regarding copyrights
.sig files are infomation regarding the digital signatures of files.
.jpg or .gif files are usually screenshots of a particular item

houses & dowtown lots:
Extensions: : .iff
Install to:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Houses\
or with Livin' Large and later expansion packs:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData#\Houses\

Extension: .fam .dtl
You will need to install the telecom patch from if you don't have it already.
Install to:

C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Imports