Grand Theft Auto 5 Modding Tutorial: How to Install Mods for PC
In this Grand Theft Auto 5 modding tutorial, we will guide you on how to install mods for your GTA V PC game. However, before we proceed, we must warn you that modding is a technically complex process and can go wrong if not done carefully. Therefore, this guide is for informational purposes only, and we advise that you attempt this at your own risk.
To get started with modding your GTA V, you will need to follow the below necessary steps:
Back up your GTA V Installation
Before you attempt to install mods, we suggest that you make a backup of your GTA V installation. At the time of recording, the backup required approximately 80 GB of drive space, so be sure to have enough space available on your hard drive.
To do this, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder above your installation folder, which is normally Program Files/Rockstar Games for Rockstar Social Club installations and Program Files x86/Steam/steamapps for Steam installations. Then duplicate the installation directory into the same folder. This process might take a while, but once complete, you will have a backup of your GTA V installation.
Install the Prerequisite Applications that Mods Run On
Now that you have backed up your installation, we can start installing the necessary tools for running mods on GTA V.
Dotnet Framework 4.8
The first tool you will need is Dotnet Framework 4.8. You can download it from the URL provided in the video or follow the link in the description. Once downloaded, open the folder and scan it with your preferred anti-virus software. However, if you already have a newer version of this application installed, you do not need to install a fresh copy.
Visual Studio Redistribute
The next tool you need is Visual Studio Redistribute. Head to the URL provided in the video, find the package suitable for your PC’s architecture, and download it. This will mainly be the x64 package scheme, and if needed, the x86 package too.
Base Mod Scripts
After installing the Dotnet Framework and the Visual Studio Redistribute, it is time to install the base mod scripts, starting with Script Hook Five. This tool comes bundled with the Native Trainer mod.
You can download it from the URL provided in the video, and when prompted, download the contents of the binaries or bin folder into the temporary folder you created at the beginning of this process.
Next, install the Community Script Hook Five .NET. To get it, head to the URL provided in the video and download the zip file on the GitHub page. Once downloaded, open it and copy everything except the text files into the temporary folder.
Finally, download the LUA Plugin for Script Hook Five from the URL provided in the video. Download and copy the contents, including the scripts folder, into the temporary folder. Then, scan its contents for malware, if any, before moving to the next step.
Install Native Trainer Mod
After installing the prerequisite applications, it is time to install the Native Trainer mod. Copy the contents of the temporary folder to the root game folder for Grand Theft Auto V and replace the father property.
Then, launch the game in story mode as the Rockstar launcher will prevent you from accessing Grand Theft Auto online. Once the game starts, press the F4 key on your keyboard to bring up the main menu of the Native Trainer mod, which will enable you to change environment settings, player skins, spawn cars, and a bunch of other stuff.
Avoid Getting Banned Online by Switching Between Modern and Standard Versions of the Game
Keep in mind that Rockstar does not allow the use of mod instances in online mode, and rightfully so. To switch back to the online mode, go to Windows Explorer, navigate to the Rockstar Games folder, and rename the Grand Theft Auto V folder to Grand Theft Auto V Modded. Then, rename the Grand Theft Auto V backup folder to Grand Theft Auto V, and that’s it! You can now load the game and use online as usual. To play with the mod again, reverse the process.
That’s it! You have successfully installed mods into your Grand Theft Auto V PC game with this tutorial. Remember, modding can be technically complex, and everything is done at your own risk. In case anything goes wrong, search Google or GTA V mods, GTA V mods forum, steam forums or arcade which is part of Stack Exchange – You will find a lot of helpful resources and a supportive community to guide you through.
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