How to Install Mods on "Europa Universalis"


"Europa Universalis III" is an exclusive PC strategy game that natively supports the use of mod files to enhance or alter the gameplay. These modifications are created by fans of the game to share with other players. Once you download mod files, all that is required for installation is extracting the contents to the correct folder. The mod is then selected from the game-launcher window before you start to play. When newer versions of the mods are released, you have to repeat the process as these files cannot update automatically.

  • Right-click the mod file you downloaded and select "Copy" from the context menu.

  • Navigate to the folder on your computer where "Europa Universalis" is installed and open the "MOD" sub-folder. The default installation folder is "C:\Program Files\Paradox Interactive\Europa Universalis III" although this might differ if you bought the game from a digital distribution service such as Steam.

  • Right-click anywhere inside the MOD folder and select "Paste" from the context menu to add the mod file.

  • Right-click the mod file and then click "Extract Here" to extract the contents of the archive. For this option to appear, you must have a file extraction utility such as WinRAR or WinZIP (links in Resources.)

  • Double-click the "eu3.exe" file in the game installation folder to open the launcher. Do not launch the "eu3game.exe" file as this opens the game.

  • Click the drop-down list below "Select mod to play" on the launcher window, and then select the mod that you want to run.

  • Click the "Start EU3" button to launch the game with the selected mod.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't know where your copy of the game is installed, right-click the shortcut and then choose "Properties" from the context menu. Select "Open File Location" from the shortcut tab to open the game folder.
  • Some mods require expansion packs such as "Napoleon's Ambition" or "Divine Wind" to function correctly. Check the documentation for the mod before downloading to ensure that you have the required expansions.

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