How To Install and Run GTA IV Mods


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After a relatively slow start – understandable, since it’s a huge game – the GTA IV community has produced a massive number of great mods. No doubt you’re ready to start playing then, so without wasting any more of your time, we’re going to show you how to install and run GTA IV mods.

There’s no doubt GTA IV, mods or no mods, (plus the two huge DLC packs) is one of the greatest games ever released, but we’re adult enough to admit that it didn’t quite deserve the near-perfect scores lavished upon it in 2008. There were more than a few things we’d like to see changed, and while Rock Star doesn’t officially support modding, we’re talking about a game featuring killer sociopaths in an urban nightmare. Of course the fan community laughs at the lack of official support. The result is exponentially increasing collection of GTA IV mods that alter, fix, and sometimes just completely f&%$s things up old school.

They deserve your attention, so we’re not just going to show you how to run and install GTA IV mods. When we’re finished with that, we’re going to point you toward a few of our favorite mods.

Difficulty: Beginner

Table Of Contents

Tools

ASI Loader

GTA IV Weapons Editor

GTA IV Mega Car pack

New Niko + options

GTA IV Gameplay Mods

Additional Resources

First off, you’ll need a copy of GTA IV. If you don’t have it yet, the easiest thing to do is just download it from Steam. Either way, you better be sure your computer can handle it. The system requirements are:

Windows Vista – Service Pack 1 or Windows XP – Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHz
Memory: 1.5GB XP / 1.5GB Vista
Graphics: 256MB Nvidia 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c Compliant Card
Hard Drive: 16GB of Hard Disk Space
Sound Card: 5.1 Channel Audio Card

Copy of the game secured? Computer checks out? Good. Now it’s time to modify your copy so you’ll be able to run and install GTA IV Mods.
Alexander Blade.

(It also happens to be the first one made for GTA IV, and really, why settle for anything less than the classics?) You can download it here or here.

Once downloaded, you’ll need to place it into your GTA IV Install folder. You’ll find it in the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam). Drop the ASI Loader directly into the install folder, and close. You won’t affect the game in any way (don’t delete anything from the folder!), but you will now be able to run and install GTA IV mods. Congratulations.

Except there’s just one thing (there always is when you’re dealing with hardened killers and criminals, isn’t there?). Yeah, about that lack of official support for GTA IV mods, you should know that official GTA IV updates have had a nasty tendency to neutralize mods during the installation. If you should find yourself in this situation, GTA modding has posted information that can help you solve the problem.

It’s also worth noting that some Steam users have reported problems getting ASI loaders to work with the version that was current as of June, 2010. If you’re one of them, here is a helpful download full of all the files you should need to get it to work.

All settled? Good, let’s play with some GTA IV mods.
GTA IV Weapon Editor

This is an easy to use, practical weapons editor. Did we mention easy? Select the weapon from the drop down. The tabs allow you to edit specific properties. Save and viola. Your weapons are new and improved.

To install, download it here, open the file and drag-and-drop the .exe file into the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam). Start the game, and the weapons editor should then be accessible from the in game file menu. If, however, there are any problems, the modder’s contact info is included in the file.

NOTE: requires Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 to function.

This mod replaces over 35 fictional GTA cars with real world vehicles.

What else can you say? Enjoy using your modified weapons in real world cars. Grab it here, then as before, drag the .exe into the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam). When you start the game, the replacements should already have happened, but you can troubleshoot using the instructions in the readme.

This is one of our favorite GTA IV mods. Of all the features that didn’t make the cut from San Andreas to future incarnations of GTA, the ability to choose haircuts, facial hair and tattoos is the most sorely missed. This mod makes up for it with a set of new skins featuring tattoos, new hair, and facial hair options. Thank gawd.

To install the mod, first get it here. Then, make sure you have Spark IV. (Get that here.) Open the mod’s main file, and you’ll be able to access 7 files with options like tattoos, and so on.

Now, open up SparkIV, and click Open (or browse). Locate GTA IVpcmodelscdimagesplayerped.rpf and open the file. At this point, you should see a big list of various .wdr and .wtd files. These are all the textures used for the new skins. To install, just click Import on the top menu and select all of the files. Click Save in the SparkIV menu, and close program. Voila! You’re done. They’ll be selectable from the in-game menu the next time you play.

Simple Trainer, AKA the ‘Gravity Gun’ mod.

More than just an interesting new weapon, the simple trainer is like the CostCo of modding options for GTA IV. It’s a massive package that gives you amazing control over so many aspects of the game. Yes, you need this. Now. So first, download it here. Open the file and find the .dll, asi, and .ini files. Drag them into the the main GTA IV folder (C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IVGTAIV for PC, or Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam).

Now that it’s added, spend some time over at the mod’s GTA Forums page. You will not believe the kind of shizz you’ll be able to do to your copy of GTA IV (like, for instance, flying). Once you get the hang of it, chances are it will do to GTA IV what the custom game option did to Civ IV (by which I mean to say you will find endless new ways to cheat, ah, I mean challenge yourself with endless new gaming combinations.)

For today’s final GTA IV Mod, we leave you with something to whet your appetite for the release of Dead Rising 2:

As we reported last week, the idea is simple but huge. Zombies. Lots of zombies. Head over to the original post for more details, and happy hunting!
PC Gamer’s excellent post on the same topic.

However, without a doubt, GTA 4 mods’ tutorial was immeasurably helpful.

Finally, if you have any trouble getting these mods to work that isn’t covered here, GTAForums has a ton of answers.

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42 Comments on How To Install and Run GTA IV Mods

terry

On October 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

send it to me now

ZUBAIR

On November 13, 2010 at 1:51 am

GTA

ZUBAIR

On November 13, 2010 at 1:52 am

GOOOOOOD

steef

On November 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

hoe open je het mod menu???

zach

On December 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm

sen it please

willian

On February 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

gta iv e muito bom eu goto de jogar gta iv

Daniel

On March 6, 2011 at 8:42 am

i been a gamer for a while and i just dont get the part of hacking??

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On April 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

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On April 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm

THIS PAGE LOOKS SCRAMBLED

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On April 4, 2011 at 6:15 am

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Flup

On April 13, 2011 at 3:43 am

evrytime i download a trainer it open in a note pad with 1 document :S

Some Guy

On April 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I can’t put the ASI into the GTA IV folder

dany

On April 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm

———————————-
– GRAND THEFT AUTO: San Andreas -
– PC version 1.01 -
– Patch Changes -
– 5th August 2005 -
———————————-

- Previous save games carry over with no issues.

***********
* CAUTION *
***********

************************************************
* Settings files have changed *
* *
* On first run of version 1.01 *
* your settings will be reset to default! *
************************************************

INSTALLATION
————–

- Launch the updater EXE file.

- Confirm that you are using the correct updater for the specific version of GRAND THEFT AUTO: San Andreas you are using.

- Use the file requester to locate the directory where you installed GRAND THEFT AUTO: San Andreas (the directory which contains the gta_sa.exe file).

- If the updater recognises the gta_sa.exe file as the correct version, it will begin the update process.

- To confirm that you are using the updated version, we display the version number 1.01 on the main menu page.

ADDITIONS
———–

- Added support for 720p and 1080i HDTV resolutions (may also do 1080p, not sure).

- Version Number displayed on game title screen.

BUGS FIXED
————

- Issue fixed on machines where the OS has been updated (one OS installed over top of another) and has 2 registry keys that point to the users “My Documents” folder (we incorrectly used to assume the Win2000 folder, now correctly uses the last installed OS folder) – users know this as “user account period bug”.

- Crash when entering advanced display options with only 32 meg of video ram (32 meg of video ram is not supported and will only allow use of 640*480 in 16 and 32 bit. At this resolution it is likely you will see the “Black Roads” LOD problem). We do NOT however disallow machines with 32 meg of video ram from running GRAND THEFT AUTO: San Andreas.

- Crash when entering advanced display options on a dual monitor machine after :- starting game on primary monitor in maximum resolution, exiting, starting again in maximum resolution on secondary monitor. Secondary monitor maximum resolution had to be greater than maximum resolution of primary monitor.

- Destroyed cars now are correct colour.

- Dirty cars now able to get clean.

- Numpad 5 key is now mappable when re-defining controls.

- Issue on all machines where certain collisions caused parts of the audio system to crash (sound effects, cutscene audio – only radio keeps going) – users know this as “Rain / Thunderstorm bug”.

- Improvements to DVD streaming.

- Audio problems in interior / exterior transitions and getting in / out of cars fixed.

- Some fixes to ensure reverb is not present at certain save points.

- Improvements to dance game timings.

- Crash occuring when using “user radio files” while the frame limiter is disabled.

rikuto

On May 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

does anyone know about Xliveless. i tried this and the one from blade everytime i put the files into my program files/steam/steamapps/common/grand theft auto iv/gtaiv the game never starts up. i get to the social club thing, push play, then nothing happens. please help.

reece

On May 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

does it work on the xbox 360

Kolimo

On June 12, 2011 at 4:47 am

Hey dude, I am having problems with this because I cant find the GTAIV install folder I use steam can you help me out by any chance?

cyril

On September 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

can i play this game

cyril

On September 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

What else can you say? Enjoy using your modified weapons in real world cars. Grab it here, then as before, drag the .exe into the main GTA IV folder (C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV\ for PC, or \Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\grand theft auto iv\GTAIV for Steam). When you start the game, the replacements should already have happened, but you can troubleshoot using the instructions in the readme.

prateek

On October 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

How to open the mod menu in gta iv

IGOR

On October 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

how open je het mod menu???

IGOR

On October 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

hoe open the mod menu???

RAYGUY126

On December 29, 2011 at 1:41 am

so does this only work if you buy it on the computer because im really having trouble finding one for xbox 360 please help !!

#danger#zone#

On January 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

ah hello

JC

On February 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Hi,I understand how to install and run these mods well inough, however when I download them, my computer cant open any of the files, Also when I tried to download the LCPDFR mod, my game wouldnt even start up afterwards, my computer meets the requirements, however I have the hardisk copy of the game, would it be better to download the game off steam? Also can you let me know which program is best for opening the RaR files? THanks

Kyler

On February 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

They should make mods for ps3 and x box 360 gta’s

Heniek

On February 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

They cannot mod consoles versions to look any better because they are old p.o.s. hardware for kids.

Cole

On February 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

So None of this works for xbox 360, right?

colton

On May 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

i was wondering if i put my gta4 for xbox360 into the disc insert thing and the hardrive is plugged into the cpu unit will the mods download onto my game so ill be able to play it on the xbox360 ? please give answer thanks

zain

On October 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

hey guys can u tell me how get mods

lowraipier1470

On October 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

will they make it download to the xbox360 yet?

george

On October 21, 2012 at 5:50 am

how do u get the real life cars on gta iv eg american muscle car fords bmws

swag

On October 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

i need it i love gta it so fun

craig

On November 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

i cant do it please help

jaze

On May 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

IS THIS WORKING ?

GES

On May 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

This is one of the most poorly written “how-to” articles I’ve ever read. You introduce programs without telling the reader what they do, and you bury important points and links within paragraph instead of summarizing them in bullet lists.

Eric

On May 31, 2013 at 10:10 am

how would we do the mod if we have the cd of gta 4 already?

Harry

On October 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Fun

Nicholas olivo

On October 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

When i put this in: Program FilesSteamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV for Steam
It tells me no such place exists, can someone help me?

Subtitles

On December 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Correction to above
STEAM USERS
Computer>Local Disk(C)>PROGRAMFILES(86x)>Steam>SteamApps>common>GTA IV
This article is 3 years old, don’t think they had the ol’ PF(86x) back then. If they did then there’s our correction.

ninjaboy134

On January 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

just started out doing mods

Onno

On February 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

So, now that these are in and installed, how do I use them in-game? What button(s) do I press?