Stardew Valley is a game all about customization, from choosing which villagers to make friends with to deciding how to lay out your farm. It only makes sense that players would want to download mods to customize their experience even more.
Stardew Valley doesn’t include mod support natively, but fortunately, enterprising modders have developed their own way to enable mods. That means you’ll have to download an additional program to load some mods into Stardew Valley, but once you do, adding mods is simple.
To get started, you’ll have to download the Stardew Valley Modding API (SMAPI). Make sure you run Stardew Valley at least once if you haven’t already so the game can create its setup files, then extract the .zip file you get from the link about and run the .bat file to set up SMAPI. If you’re using Steam to run Stardew Valley, you’ll then have to copy and paste a line of text in the SMAPI installer into the game’s launch options under the properties menu. Once that’s done, you can install mods by simply downloading them from Nexus Mods and unzipping the file into the Mods folder in your Stardew Valley installation. For more detailed instructions, check out the modding guide on the Stardew Valley wiki.
Simpler mods don’t require SMAPI. Instead, you can download the mod and replace an existing file in the Stardew Valley installation with the one you download. It’s a good idea to make a backup copy of the original file first, though, in case you ever want to revert back to that version. You can check each mod’s Nexus page to see exactly where to install it.
15 Best Stardew Valley PC Mods for 2019
With that out of the way, let’s get onto the best Stardew Valley mods.
Best Interface Mods
There’s a lot to keep track of in Stardew Valley if you want to get the most out of the game. Knowing when plants should be harvested, how villagers are feeling, and what your animals need can help you run a successful farm without wasting time. That’s exactly why Lookup Anything exists. This mod is basically an in-game encyclopedia that gives you detailed information on anything in Stardew Valley, from villagers to enemies in the mines. All you need to do is hover your mouse over your target and press F1 to get a readout of everything you need to know about it.
Chest Label System
Stardew Valley has a way of turning everyone into a hoarder. Play long enough, and you’re bound to have a ton of chests full of good and no idea what’s inside them. Chest Label System solves that dilemma by letting you name your chests and even display a tooltip with their name, so you never have to open them up one by one just to find what you’re looking for.
NPC Map Locations
You spend a lot of time in Stardew Valley tracking down NPCs who you need to deal with. Probably more time than you want to, given that they don’t just stay in one place all day waiting for you. NPC Map Locations tracks every villager’s location on your map, so you never have to waste a day just searching for someone you need to talk to again.
Just as the title says, this mod adds experience bars to the interface so you can see how far you have to go to level up your abilities. It can help you plan how to use your time better or remind you of which skills you’ve been neglecting.
Best Utilities Mods
CJB Cheats Menu
One of the most powerful mods for Stardew Valley doesn’t actually add anything to the game except for a menu. CJB Cheats Menu is similar to a debug console, letting you affect the game in dozens of different ways. You can use it to warp to different areas, instantly water your crops, grant yourself more health or money, change the weather, and lots more. If you want to have ultimate control over Stardew Valley without adding anything to the core game, CJB Cheats Menu is the mod for you.
Suited more for a high-powered second playthrough than a leisure farm simulation, Chests Anywhere lets you access your farm’s storage containers from anywhere in the world. When you’re out in the world gathering materials and find your inventory full, you can just teleport your loot back home and carry on gathering.
One of the best things the Switch version of Stardew Valley did is let you suspend your game anywhere and pick up where you left off when you come back. Unfortunately, in the PC version, you still need to sleep to save your game. Save Anywhere remedies that by — you guessed it, letting you save anywhere. Beware, Save Anywhere has conflicts with mods that add new content to the game, so if you’re using a lot of other mods, there’s a chance this one won’t work for you. Check the mod page for details.
Ever wish you could get just a few more hours out of your day, or speed time up when you don’t have much to do? Well, now you can! In Stardew Valley at least. Timespeed lets you permanently change how quickly time flows, or create a hotkey to speed up or slow down at will. With this mod, you can become a Time Lord and rule over Stardew Valley with your vast powers, or just slow things down so you can get home in a time when night falls.
Best Customization Mods
A mod to add more hairstyles might not be that exciting in most games, but Stardew Valley is not most games. A lot of people play Stardew Valley to imagine themselves in another life, so it makes sense that they’d want to make their character a good representation of them. Besides, you’re going to be spending a LOT of time looking at your character, so you really ought to like how they look. You can check out the images on this mod’s page to see if any of the new hairstyles is to your liking.
Do you find it strange that your Stardew Valley character wears the same outfit every day for years? The creator of Get Dressed did and set out to fix it. Get Dressed adds a mirror to your house that lets you change every aspect of your appearance any time you want. On top of that, it also adds over 100 new accessories so you’ll never have to wear the same thing twice.
Best Mechanics Mods
Scythe Harvesting V2.0
This one may not sound that impressive, but if you’ve spent any time in Stardew Valley, you’ll know how useful it is. Normally, to harvest most plants, you’ll have to click on them individually, but some require a scythe to harvest. This mod simply makes it so that you can use the scythe to harvest any type of plant, so you can harvest a huge chunk of your crops in one swoop and not be confused about which tool you’re supposed to be using.
Part of the Community
Part of the Community is a great mod if you want to make the most of Stardew Valley’s relationship system. In the base game, villagers are very slow to trust you, requiring constant attention and gifts to become friendly. Part of the Community speeds that process up and makes it feel more realistic by adding new ways to gain friendship. For example, villagers will now like you more if they see you give a gift to someone else, if you get married to one of their family members or friends, or if you visit their shop. This mod makes it feel less like you’re buying friendship and more like you’re actually building a relationship.
If the slow, pastoral life isn’t you and you’d rather turn your operation into a smooth, efficient factory farm — well, there are games other than Stardew Valley that can do that for you. But if you’re sure that’s what you want, Automate has you covered. Once you install the mod, you can place a chest full of raw materials next to any processing machine (such as a furnace or oil maker), and it will pull the materials out of the chest, process them, and dump the finished products back into the chest.
Tractor Mod is a must-have if you’re tired of doing everything on your farm by hand. It comes with a set of built-in tools that let you do everything from clearing trees to planting new crops in a fraction of the time that you can work manually. You can even turn your tractor into a roving tank by enabling optional auto-attack options that will swing your melee weapon or launch a barrage of slingshot ammo automatically.
Best Overhauls Mods
Stardew Valley Expanded
Stardew Valley Expanded is one of the newest Stardew Valley mods and possibly the most ambitious one yet. It adds a massive amount of new content, including ten new areas and 35 new character events. It’s a huge overhaul and probably best saved for after you’ve already played the original game and want a new experience the second time around. It’s also quite a bit more complicated to install than most mods because it requires you to enable a handful of other mods for it to work. You can find full installation instructions courtesy of its creator here.