Microsoft Flight Simulator guide – how to install community mods & addons

Microsoft Flight Simulator has been out a little while now, and while Asobo are focussing on patching the game and making some great looking World Updates, the community have been hard at work making their own aircraft and updates to the world.

Thankfully, installing mods and addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator is pretty simple.

Want to find some fun and cool mods to install in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020? Well check out our selection of must-have mods and addons for the game, from authentic community scenery projects to futuristic prototype planes and even Sci-Fi spacecraft!

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How to install mods and addons in Microsoft Flight Simulator

If you’re new to installing addons, then the first thing you’ll need to do is find your Community folder. It’s location will depend on how you bought the game.

If you’re using the Windows Store (or Game Pass for PC), then head here:

C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_[RANDOM LETTERS]\LocalCache\Packages\Community

Or if you’re on Steam, try here:

C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Packages\Community

or

C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightDashboard_[RANDOM LETTERS]\LocalCache\Packages\Community

Once you’ve found the right folder, unzip the mod’s folder to that location and they should be available in your game. Make sure that there’s not nested folders within folders as well. It should be:

\Community\[MOD FOLDER]\[MOD FILES]

What about a Mod Manager?

If you really want to get into modding Flight Simulator, then you might be better off using a mod manager. ModManFX has been updated to support Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, able to handle extracting mods from archives, somewhat automating the process of finding your Community folder, and so on. The one caveat is that you will need to remove all mods you have manually installed and reinstall them using ModManFX.


That’s pretty much all there is to it! We’ve been digging into some of the best community creations out there and have put together a list of our favourites here.

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