Updated on : November 20, 2023
With hundreds of mods ranging from major graphic overhauls to adding entirely new game modes, the Grand Theft Auto V mod scene is more significant than ever.
Considering that Grand Theft Auto V wasn’t made with modders in mind, unlike Skyrim, the size of the modding community is especially astounding.
Neither the official tools for making mods nor the official method for adding already-existing mods to your game exist.
Instead, the modding of Grand Theft Auto V is dependent on several third-party applications like FiveM mods, each of which has a slightly peculiar installation procedure.
Here’s a simple tutorial on installing mods in Grand Theft Auto V to help you with that procedure.
Most of the mods available right now are scripts; hence, the most recent version of Script Hook is required to make them function.
Make sure you select the appropriate download link.
The zipped file has a ‘bin’ folder containing three files.
Place ScriptHookV.dll and dinput8.dll (as well as the trainer, if desired) in the directory of your GTA 5 game, where GTA5.exe is stored.
‘Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto V‘ is the Steam path.
That’s basically it!
Though some may have a few extra files, the majority of script mods you download will only have one.asi file that you drop into the same folder.
Make sure you read the installation guidelines for any mods you download.
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This is Script Hook in a version compatible with .NET scripts. Both this Community Script Hook V.NET and Alexander Blade’s Script Hook are necessary for some script changes (such as the Simple Passenger script).
If you have Windows 10, skip this step and make sure you have Microsoft.NET Framework 4.8 installed.
Verify that Visual Studio 2019 (x64) has the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package installed.
Install Alexander Blade’s Scripthook after downloading it.
In your game directory, copy the ScriptHookVDotNet.asi, ScriptHookVDotNet2.dll, and ScriptHookVDotNet3.dll files.
Some mods, such as the Ragdoll on Demand and Enhanced Train Driver scripts, require the LUA plugin and ScriptHook.
This is the download URL. Within the zipped file:
Take them both and place them in the exact same location as ScriptHook in the GTA 5 game directory. “addins” is the name of the folder located inside the scripts folder.
A sample GUI script and a few other .lua scripts are already present.
If you would like, you can remove them all.
You will drop .lua files for mods that use them into the ‘addins’ folder. Once more, consult the installation instructions for each mod.
If you have ever modified GTA 4 with mods, you most likely did it with OpenIV.
Developers are currently working on a robust tool that will enable the editing and storing of GTA game data.
It will work with GTA 5.
We actually can’t give you a generic set of instructions because different mods use OpenIV in different ways.
Instead, follow the instructions on the specific mod’s website.
Remember that OpenIV actually modifies game files.
Thus, before making any modifications, we advise you to create backup copies of the original data.
Modders who wish to add additional areas to the Los Santos map, such as buildings and islands, must have the Map Editor.
Plus, it allows you to store modifications you make to your map, travel using a free cam, and spawn and arrange objects.
The majority of mods include unique controls and activation keys.
Certain ones are tunable, and some are not.
Should you intend to utilize numerous mods, your keyboard will quickly become crowded with all the mods competing for space.
Some advice: if you try a mod and decide not to use it again, make sure to delete the file before forgetting about it.
This is because other mods will ultimately try to utilize the same keys, causing overlap.
Alternatively, you can download a mod manager to deal with this. Though there are now several options, the one with the functional name “GTAV Mod Manager” is likely the most well-liked.
This feature-rich mod management application, created by Bilago, allows you to organize all your modules in one location and turn them on or off as desired.
It takes some work to get GTA V Mod Manager up and running.
Although it is a few years old and doesn’t address configuring the mod with specific game versions, like the Epic Store version, Bilago himself has posted a lengthy explanation on YouTube.
The Grand Theft Auto V modding community is still thriving, with a wide variety of mods available that cover anything from visual tweaks to exclusive game modes.
Although there isn’t any official support for modding, the community makes heavy use of third-party applications like Script Hook V, Community Script Hook V .NET, LUA Plugin, OpenIV, and Map Editor to modify the game in a variety of ways.
The availability of mod managers such as “GTAV Mod Manager” facilitates the administration of several mods even further.
In conclusion, the GTA V game experience is greatly enhanced by this vibrant modding community, which is supported by a wide range of tools and mods and offers many amusement and customization options.