Best Stardew Valley Mod Manager to Use

Diving into mods? These are the best SDV mod managers to try out.

While the base game is excellent on its own, Stardew Valley mods are a great way to add new content, and features, change mechanics, or make it look more beautiful. If you wish to increase the challenge or make things easier for you, there are mods for that as well! For those who are just getting started with using mods, here are the best Stardew Valley mod manager options to choose from.

Best Stardew Valley Mod Manager

SMAPI with Content Patcher

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While not a dedicated mod manager, SMAPI (Stardew Modding API) is a required tool for many mods, and Content Patcher is a companion tool that simplifies mod installation and reduces conflicts.

SMAPI basically acts as a bridge between the mods and the game’s core code, allowing mods to interact with the game and make changes. It’s lightweight and streamlines the installation process making modding accessible to most players.

Thankfully, it works well with GOG and Steam achievements and is compatible with Linux, macOS and Windows. Plus, the SMAPI community is very active so if you get stuck or have some questions, you will most likely find an answer from fellow players. SMAPI is required for most types of Stardew Valley mods so it’s the best pick from the lot.

Stardew Valley Mod Manager

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This is another option that you can get from Github. It’s an extension to SMAPI and lets you do various actions related to mod management like installing and uninstalling mods, disabling and enabling them, loading mod presets, backing up and managing game saves, etc. Make sure to read the entire list of features and documentation before going ahead.

Stardrop Mod Manager

Stardrop Mod Manager UI
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Lastly, there’s Stardrop Mod Manager that you can get from Nexus Mods. It also utilizes SMAPI (Stardew Modding API) to simplify mod management. Aside from different UI themes, it supports mod profiles which lets you have multiple mod groups for specific gameplay or multiplayer gaming sessions.

Go through the official pages of all of these mods, and take your pick! Once you’ve made a decision, be sure to check out our list of the best Stardew Valley mods to try out.