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Modding:Installing SMAPI on Linux

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This page explains how to install SMAPI (the tool which lets you use mods) on Linux. See also:


  1. Install Mono (the mono-complete package is recommended).
    1. As of Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla), the mono-runtime package is sufficient
  2. Download the latest version of SMAPI.
  3. Extract the .zip file somewhere (but not in your game folder!).
  4. Run the install on Linux.sh file, and follow the on-screen instructions.
    The installer will detect your game and add SMAPI for you.
    Note: if you get the error "Where is your game folder? Oops, couldn't find the game automatically. Type the file path to the game directory (the one containing 'Stardew Valley.exe'), then press enter.", you can go to this page to find your game folder.

That's it! Just launch the game to play with mods. You don't need to change your Steam launch options (that's only needed on Windows).

To install manually instead, see instructions in the installer's readme.


Just install the new version; the installer will automatically clean up previous versions.


  1. Launch the installer again (see install steps).
  2. When prompted, choose the uninstall option.


  • If the game freezes when loading a save with no error in the SMAPI window, try reinstalling Mono (see install step 1).
  • If the SMAPI window no longer appears after a game update, reinstall SMAPI to fix the launcher.
  • SMAPI tries to find a compatible terminal or use your default terminal, but some terminals aren't compatible. If the installer or launcher don't launch a terminal, try installing xterm (doesn't need to be your default terminal).
  • See the troubleshooting page for general troubleshooting.