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These cheats require The Sims 3.

While in normal gameplay, press CTRL+Shift+C to open the cheat console on Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac computers.

Miscellaneous cheatsEdit

  • help
Lists most of the available commands at the moment (advanced cheats are also displayed with testingcheatsenabled true).
  • help [CHEATNAME]
Displays specific information about the cheat.
  • enableLlamas on/off
Turns on/off the Llamas: The pop-up messages that appear in the top right corner.
  • jokePlease
Gives a random, weird, corny joke.
  • fullscreen on/off
Toggles between full-screen and windowed mode.
  • fps on/off
Turns the frame rate display in the upper right corner on or off.
  • fadeObjects on/off
Toggles whether objects fade when the camera gets close to them. Does not apply to Sims.

Storytelling cheatsEdit

  • Moviemakercheatsenabled true/false (must have testingcheats enabled)
Lets the player give Sims some options to pose.
  • hideHeadlineEffects on/off
Shows or hides talk/thought balloons and the plumbbob above Sim heads.

Build cheatsEdit

  • constrainFloorElevation true/false
Allows terrain adjustment regardless of objects/Sims/etc. on them.
  • disableSnappingToSlotsOnAlt on/off
When on, objects will not snap to slots while holding ALT.
  • moveObjects on/off
The Sims 3 Cheat Tutorial moveobjects(02:30)
This is a video that shows you everything you can do with moveobjects.
Hanadiosas913Added by Hanadiosas913
Removes footprint limitation for all object placement in Buy Mode and Build Mode. Removes limitations placed on hand tool for when objects are in use, or are normally non-movable objects. Allows for the intersection of objects and off center placement. Note that using this cheat allows you to delete objects that normally cannot be deleted, such as Sims, the mailbox, and the garbage can. Be careful when deleting these objects, because they are normally not retrievable once deleted. When Sims are accidentally deleted with this cheat, the only way to retrieve them back is to go into Edit Town mode, split the deleted Sim from the household, and merge him/her back.
  • placeFriezes on/off
Allows use of foundations on top of tiled floors.
  • RBBB on/off or RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings true/false
Requires testingCheatsEnabled cheat enabled. All properties with a mark of public spaces (Normally, lobbies and entrance halls) to the construction and purchase mode to edit.
  • enableLotLocking true/false
Requires testingCheatsEnabled cheat enabled. Allows the player to lock / unlock a lot to enable editing from the Edit Town mode. Examples of locked lots are tombs, ports, and diving areas.

Gameplay cheatsEdit

  • resetSim [FIRSTNAME LASTNAME]
Resets the Sim with neutral motives, no moodlets, and teleports Sim back home. Useful if they got stuck. Very useful if they just died and have not disappeared yet, like a Sim dies at the corner and sits there for weeks without the Grim Reaper coming to pick them up, and it makes it so they haven't died.
  • quit
Exits the game.
  • kaching
Adds §1,000 to active household.
  • motherlode
Adds §50,000 to active household.
  • unlockOutfits on/off
Enter this before going into CAS in order to use career and NPC outfits.
  • freerealestate
Allows Sims to buy lots for free.

Advanced cheatsEdit

  • testingCheatsEnabled true/false
Enables the cheats below and the ability to shift-click Sims to add them to the current family, remove moodlets by CTRL-clicking them, edit their traits, age them up or edit them in CAS. Also allows the current household's mailbox to be shift-clicked for more debug cheats, such as "Make everyone know me". With this cheat it's also possible to drag relationship levels and needs up and down, which is a quick way to make your Sim die of starvation or become enemies with another Sim. In the "Ambitions" expansion, this cheat also lets you slide the Job Performance bar up or down, allowing you to get a Sim to the top of their Profession in a few seconds.
Note: to use the cheats below, testingCheatsEnabled must be on (activated).
  • ageuptonpc
Makes a toddler who grows up to child become an NPC (non-controllable) in the household.
  • familyfunds [HOUSEHOLD] [AMOUNT]
Sets the amount of Simoleons of the family to [AMOUNT]. For example, 'familyfunds Landgraab 10000' sets the family funds of the Landgraab household to 10,000 Simoleons, even if they originally had 50,000 simoleons.
Note:If a space is used in a household's name (such as De Luca), the name must be surrounded by quotation marks. The cheat for the De Luca family would look like this: familyfunds "De Luca" 50000
  • maptags on/off
Toggles map tags on or off. Must have testingCheatsEnabled on. (This cheat is no longer needed in map view after update 1.7 because there is a "none" option in map view after the update is installed, but is still useful in live mode for taking screenshots.)
  • discotags on/off
Makes the maptags change color and blink.
  • playsounds on/off
Enables or disables all audio features.
  • recordvideo small/medium/large low/moderate/high/max
Starts recording video with specified size and quality.
  • speed [0-8]
Changes game speed from 0 (normal speed) and 8 (slowest possible).
  • buydebug on/off
Unlocks a Buy Mode slot with many debug objects such as Butterfly, Beetle, Gem, Meteor generators, mature Plants, the Mysterious Mr. Gnome, the toy box's toys, etc.
  • lifetimehappiness
Adds 50000 lifetime happiness points to the selected Sim.

Shift-clicksEdit

Shift-clicking on a particular object when testingCheatsEnabled is true will bring up a special debug pie menu. This pie menu isn't as extensive as it was in The Sims 2, but there are some useful cheats.

The following are the objects and their top level cheats. Cheats with a "..." have more levels that may not be listed for brevity.

Mailbox
  • Make All Happy
Sets mood to Max. (Removes most negative Moodlets and maximizes Needs).
  • Make Friends For Me - This makes friends for you
  • Make Needs Static
Needs do not decay on their own. The pie menu changes to "Make Needs Dynamic".
  • Make Needs Dynamic
Needs return to normal decay rate. The pie menu changes to "Make Needs Static".
  • Make Me Know Everyone
  • Force Visitor
Forces a random visitor to arrive.
  • Force NPC...
Forces a particular NPC to arrive.
  • Set Career...
Sets the current Sim's career to the specified path, branch, and rank.
Gives the option to remove or add supernaturals to the game
Work Place
  • Force Opportunity
Seems to only force work-related opportunities, no skill related opportunities are caused.
  • Force Event
  • Force All Events
Forces every possible event from workplace.
All Community Lots and Neighbours' Houses (requires Ambitions)
  • Spawn Job ...
  • Note #1: This is only available to Sims employed in Professions or in the Medical Career.
  • Note #2: It also depends on the Profession or Career. For example, Architectural Designers work only in clients' homes, while Doctors can hold Clinics in any Community Lot.
On Floor
  • Teleport
Teleports Sim to that location
  • Build/Buy on this lot (after patch 1.7) Note: Clicking either enables both actions (i.e. Click Buy and you can still access Build mode on the lot).
  • Seasons... (requires Seasons)
    • Note: With this action, players can control various aspects of weather within the game, such as wind intensity, what type of precipitation will come next and how intense it will be, and current temperature.
All Sims
  • Trigger Age Transition
  • Add to active household/family
  • Favorite Music... (after patch 1.7)
  • Edit Sim in CAS (after certain patch)
Prior to patch 1.38, occults don't have this option. However, some life states are still disabled from being edited in CAS through this cheat, such as Mummy and SimBot.
Edit Sim in CAS will not work if female Sim is pregnant.
Active Sim
  • Modify Traits for Active Sim
Non-Household Sim
  • Add to Active Household
Any Object (after patch 1.7)
  • Object... Delete It

Control-clicksEdit

If testingcheatsenabled true is on, using CTRL + click on any moodlet in the moodlet panel will eliminate it. If it is motive induced, the bar related to the negative moodlet will be filled completely, just like when it is subject to a "Cure" by the Moodlet Manager.

Entering testingcheatsenabled true on the load/new game screen, enables CTRL + click between the chest and the points in the lifetime happiness to add additional lifetime happiness of 500. (Note: The click works for all the mouse buttons, clicking all of them rapidly at the same time will make the lifetime happiness points increase faster.)

Drag-clicksEdit

When testingcheatsenabled true is activated, you can raise or lower your Sim's current motive by clicking on any motive and then dragging your mouse to the left or right. This function can be also used to raise or lower relationship on any Sims. You can also adjust your Sim's progress in any profession if Ambitions is installed. However you will only see the motives change if you are in an unpaused game. When paused you can still do this action, but it'll take effect only after you resumed the game.

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