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Modboy Help - A Wiki


RAR5 Info 3y
  • Amendment Info regarding archive type support has been updated to reflect the recent support of RAR5 archives.
Added info about mod variants 3y Addition Troubleshooting for some common errors 3y Addition

1. Where can I find Modboy?

2. What operating systems can Modboy be run on?

The current version of Modboy (v3.8) can run on Windows 7 or higher.

3. What is the Modboy URL scheme?

Modboy uses a custom URL scheme of modboy://<submission_type>,<submission_id>,<file_id> where <submission_type> is something like Skin or Map.

4. What games are supported?

You can see a full list of games that are supported here.

5. Help, it says "Failed to execute crucial installation command." What do I do?

First of, try checking a few things:
  • Is your game installed in something other than the default folder?
    • If so, please ensure that you've selected the proper folder when prompted for path to your game's directory. Ex. For TF2, the correct folder is the tf folder inside of the Team Fortress 2 directory, not the Team Fortress 2 folder itself.
  • Does the mod archive you're trying to download include multiple mods at once?
    • If more than one of the mods are for the same skin, that can potentially cause issues because Modboy won't be able to determine which skin you want to use from those. Encourage the mod creator to split skins for the same slot into multiple archives on the same submission instead, as those can be downloaded individually by Modboy.

6. Help, it says "Modboy doesn't know how to install this submission type." What do I do?

This error occurs when that type of submission, e.g. Gamefile/GUI/etc. is not yet supported by the configuration for a particular game. Here's the deal: Modboy works by reading configuration files from this site that tell it how to find files for specific submission types on a per-game basis. The configuration also has to be able to describe where to put the mod files in that game's folder. The error will present itself in a few different situations:

  • If no instructions are available for that mod type (such as GUIs for Team Fortress 2 currently) based on the configuration itself.
  • If no applicable files are found in the archive that match the instructions in the game's configuration - e.g. It's a sound submission, but all that's inside the archive are pictures, then it's possible this message might show up, though it's less likely to occur in the first place

7. Why aren't my mods showing up in-game?

This usually will happen if the mod submitter did not create the folder structures correctly in the archive they uploaded.

Are you a mod submitter? Note that putting random folders in at different points in the hierarchy can lead to the game not reading those files. The exception is that folder levels above the important part of the path are okay. For example: having a /MYCOOLMOD/models/materials/p225/<vtx, vtf, mdl, etc files go here> is fine, but having /models/materials/MYCOOLMOD/p225/<vtx, vtf, mdl, etc files go here> is not. Not sure if you've done it correctly? Feel free to PM me.

8. I have variants for my mod, how should I set up my archive(s)?

Having multiple skins for the same weapon, for example, in the same archive will cause Modboy to fail to install the mod properly. This is because generally speaking, it performs the task of copying over the files and backing up the old ones. It's encouraged for mod authors to break their variants into multiple archives so they can be installed separately for this reason.

9. Why aren't my M.U.G.E.N. mods working?

Unfortunately, M.U.G.E.N. requires one additional step of editing a configuration file that hasn't been figured out for the M.U.G.E.N. configuration yet.

10. Is there some way I can export a list of my mods?

Not at the moment, but it is an idea I've been toying around with. I believe the easiest format for exporting the list of mods would be to write a list of Modoby scheme URLs out to somewhere, such as the clipboard, a file, or PM. If this is something you'd like to see, let me know!

11. Modboy says it's unable to open a particular archive, what's the deal?

Recently, Modboy has been update to support RAR5 as well. If the archive is some other format and is unable to open it, but the latest version of 7-Zip is able to, please send me information and links to said submission, and I will investigate. Otherwise, please report on the original submission that the archive can't be opened.

12. Modboy appears to be stuck trying to install mod, what do I do?

Go to AppData/Roaming/Modboy in your account's folder and then delete Buffer.dat.

13. What languages are supported?

Currently 5 languages are supported:
  • English
  • Portuguese (PT-BR)
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

14. Other Questions?

Please ask below and I will update this page with the answers.

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  • TimBomb7 avatar
    TimBomb7 Joined 4mo ago
    1mo 1mo
    So i Cannot download Any Mods or other mods bc its stuck downloading, it happens every download now, i keep Deleting buffer.dat so it can be removed , if i tried reinstalling mods , its still stuck.

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  • Recently some of my taunts for TF2 went wonky so I deleted the two mods I had for it before, I believe it may have been the Pop It, Don't Drop It one affecting it (although I do also have the Medic and Heavy Pinup Calendar mod so maybe it was that too) since it was only the Medic class that the taunts broke with. It fixed it, however I would want to reinstall the mods I previously had as I was told I would be able to and the taunts would still be fixed.

    However, when I go to do this via Modboy it appears that the pinup calendar mod is stuck in the "downloading" status while the pop it don't drop it mod is stuck in "in queue (install)" status. It will allow me to abort the pop it don't drop it taunt installation but not the pinup calendar mod. Is there any way I can fix this, or is this not exactly a problem with Modboy itself? Also, deleting the buffer file does nothing.
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  • Smalls112 avatar
    Smalls112 Joined 1mo ago
    Error 524, how do I fix it?
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  • ~Nickolai~ avatar
    ~Nickolai~ Joined 2y ago
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    2mo 2mo
    When I use Modboy to download a mod in tf2, its stuck loading in queue. This happens each time I use Modboy.

     I tried deleting the Buffer.dat file, but the file will just return when I download a Mod again. Deleting the Buffer file doesn't complete the mod download process either.

    I tried uninstalling tf2 and Modboy, deleting the files and then reinstalling.

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  • When I delete the Buffer.dat file it does what you said. But how do I install the mod? When I click install it just says Downloading or In queue (Install)
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  • Hello

    I've used modboy to put about 40 mods on for TF2.

    The mods work fine, its just if I go past 40 then something happens to something previously mentioned on this thread. 

    All of the Menu buttons go weird, saying things like '#mbackpack' or 'mmenu_community_' or some big long string of something like that.

    What's more, pretty much everything in my backpack is an 'unknown item' once I install over 40 mods.

    None of the mods seem to conflict, them being either unrelated audio mods, texture reworks or first person reanimations. They all seem to work fine too. Just the games text files all seem to break. 

    Is it simply a case of too many mods? I've not had any problems before I've hit this 40 mod barrier.

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  • XGAMER2mil avatar
    XGAMER2mil Joined 5mo ago
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    All of a sudden today modboy cant download anything. it shows a notification saying it failed downloading with the submission id. im scared
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  • yazoubello avatar
    yazoubello Joined 3mo ago
    Not an expert, but I have installed many mods before. I can tell you modboy and gamebanana is completely safe
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  • So, After deleting buffer.dat like I was told to, my issue is still happening, stuff gets stuck in queue (Install) although nothing is even trying to be installed, and sometimes when it does try to install something, it never does, so I though there may be an update to it, and checked the Gamebannana page, and there hasn't been an update in 11 months, so I'm still stuck, and I cant do anything either, and I don't want to uninstall and reinstall modboy, cause ill most likely lose most of my mods I have downloaded, if you can resolve this issue it would be helpful to me.
    The Man Of Stupidity Himself
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  • I have this issue of the mods getting stuck on "Installing mod, verifying, obtaining mod info, and etc." and stay on that for hours. Alongside that sometimes an action will be "in queue" when it is the only action going. and sometimes "thumbnails" of mods with be invalid and show a date of "January 01 0001". I do not know what causes these issues nor how to fix them. (For notes, I only used tf2 mods and they worked for about a day. And I was using the latest version of Modboy (modboy_install_47e7b.exe)) I hope this info helps. 
    I'm still here
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