How to Play SimCity 5 Offline Courtesy of AzzerUK!

How to Play SimCity 5 Offline Courtesy of AzzerUK! A few days ago we saw the brilliant efforts of a single individual, AzzerUK, who despite all odds found a way to make SimCity 5 work offline! While he first shared his efforts to YouTube and Reddit the file & the procedure that makes it all possible is now available for public use. While the file will give players the ability to play the game offline and fix a few other problems along the way, there is also a guide on how to edit the source code of the game itself so that a proper programmer can do even more good to the community.

First Step:

Buy the downloadable game and install it.

Buy Simcity 5 offline

Buy Simcity 5

How to Play SimCity 5 Offline Courtesy of AzzerUK! The infamous file is now available for the public. Use at your own risk.

NOTE: Before proceeding further, PLEASE BEAR IN MIND that this file may or may not cause EA to go on a ban spree. We at GamingIO will not be responsible for any damages or loss occurred to you by the file in the future or in the present, but currently according to reddit a lot of users are indeed using the file and are still playing. So its worth a shot … right?


The direct approach, just download the file and put it in “SimCityData” (Currently there are mixed reports of the file working & not working, some report that it kicks them after half an hour and others report that its working great)

You have to download THIS File and simply place it in your “SimCityData” Folder. The following file implements the following changes: (Taken from Here)

Updated to latest patch, just wanted to make sure this stays with the latest game patch.

Place the downloaded file your SimCityData folder and replace any previous version.

Current Features:

  • Exposed Debug UI

  • Ctrl+Shift+E – Opens UI Editor

  • Ctrl+Shift+U – Opens Javascript Console when UI Editor open.

  • Unlimited offline mode enabled

  • Unfudged Population Numbers

  • Continue game during budget crisis

And of course some more detailed instructions on how to install the file:

Update 4:

After a bunch of work: yay

Place the file in your Origin Games\SimCity\SimCityData folder, remember to delete any pre-existing mods: DebugEnable.package~

Current Features:

Full Javascript Debug Console/Development Editor – ctrl+shift+e to use (credit to gibbed for figuring this out completely): image

Unlimited Offline Mode Enabled

Un-fudged population numbers.

Expose debug ui: image

Debug menus: image (Roads outside of boundaries)

ctrl+b? image

Game going on while in budget crisis: image

To show you the authenticity of the file you can visit the origin threads of these files Here, Here& Here.

The slow and painful way:(This is currently a Work in Progress, currently researching on how to properly implement this and will update this when I have found a proper working way with all the steps!)

You will have to dive into the source code of the game and find the following code and delete it : (Source Code is available Here) And a “guide” for this method is available Here


1. Currently the location of this piece of code is a mystery but according to THIS site the line should be present in “NetworkStateManager” in the “” file. for a full guide on how to edit these files you can use THIS guide but I highly recommend the above step as its more direct, clear cut and of course does a lot for you already.


2. It has come to my attention that a second file might exist, players will have to find the above line of code in a file named “SimCity_Game.package” and with the help of THIS guide be able to locate and remove the line of code.

Currently there is some debate on which method works so report back with either one. I highly recommend trying number 2 since that has had more reports of success.

As you can see, EA and Maxis were truly playing gamers for a bunch of fools when they stated several times that the game can not possibly operate offline. It is a shame that they were proven wrong so easily, this is almost similar to the “From Ashes” DLC on Mass Effect 3 where one simple line of code gave you extended story.

For now I highly recommend you try out the step and if you have any useful input to provide you can visit the forums, Here. or leave a comment below. Do Let us know if the file worked for you.

Source: Reddit


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  2. Edu Dornelles

    Need an original copy of game?

    Posted on March 22, 2013
    • RoAoM

      So far all the people I have asked are genuine buyers of the game, I don’t know any pirates, so yeah …

      Posted on March 22, 2013
  3. Dave Schloeffel

    What prog. is used to alter the .pkg file

    Posted on March 23, 2013
  4. Ni

    Is there a way to open this on my laptop if I’m on a trip or something without internet? 😐

    Posted on March 25, 2013
    • RoAoM

      well you managed to post this comment =p and besides the file in the first part is a mere 1.4 MB. all you have to do is download and put that file in the mentioned directory =)

      Posted on March 25, 2013
  5. gigi

    There’s solution to expand the boundaries? It’s so small! We need an Hack only to enlarge the plot!! I think the game will gain some consensus

    Posted on March 30, 2013
    • RoAoM

      Sadly a modder can only do so much, the guy is doing this out of courtesy so even this much of his efforts should be greatly appreciated.

      He isn’t profiting off the mods and is only getting recognition. If anyone is to blame it should be EA for making such a game in the first place and people like AzzerUK are true heroes to the gaming community for taking their time and resources to share such findings.

      Lets hope he is reading this right now and takes your suggestion into consideration.

      I can try sending him a PM too.

      Posted on April 1, 2013
      • gigi

        Thanks RoAoM. Your effort will be appreciated. Expand the boundaries can transform entirely the game. Thanks!

        Posted on April 6, 2013
        • RoAoM

          I am just happy to be of service, but if you have the time do find out AzzerUK on Youtube / reddit or on other social media and do drop him a thanks. I am sure he / she would highly appreciate the gratitude of a fan!

          Posted on April 6, 2013
          • Lew

            There are no limits to what a modder can do. I’ve had a good few years studying programming so far. I’ve not got the game yet (plus A-levels are getting in the way) but when I’ve got some time I’ll see what can be done with it. Can’t make any promises but I’ll keep everyone informed somehow.

            Posted on May 13, 2013
  6. Guest

    Does this allow saving?

    Posted on May 10, 2013
  7. Alan

    Does this allow saving the game?

    Posted on May 10, 2013
  8. Ed Young

    Good Evening, I am one of those whom need it simplified and direct. so far all I’ve been able to ascertain is nothing. I’m confused, but not to confused about the $60 I spent. so the game is broken and needs fixed. According to this site Asseruk has the answers. Ok good, but can you simplifiy it for us order folks who don’t understand all the jargen. Keep it simple, I sure would appreciate it. WHere is the site and download?… Thank You!

    Posted on May 17, 2013
  9. Kaiserfi

    How does this work? Do I need to be online until I load up the region then disconnect from the internet? Otherwise it doesn’t work.

    Posted on May 25, 2013
  10. Gasfapz

    This has to be fake the amount of people saying there ain’t a crack out there has to be proof that this is fake, if it was real there would be way more comments than just 19.

    Posted on May 26, 2013
    • abshkd

      you can be right. But then again that’s assuming we are the ONLY site in the world. We are not and we are from popular so basing it on 17 comments isn’t right. Again this isnt a crack per se. You need the original game. It is more like a mod.

      Posted on May 26, 2013
      • Crakheadmenace

        there is a crack out for the game already its up on tpb just look for RuneTorrents
        the crack was tested and approved to be legit, i myself have downloaded the game from him & am happily playing it online with many other Piraters you guys are slow, even skidrow don’t have a crack yet.

        Posted on May 26, 2013
        • Dosnasa

          Agree with crakhead i also downloaded from that guy and it is working online its a little laggy but its a working cracked version of the game, don’t know if it will stop working on the next update tho.

          Posted on May 26, 2013
          • Pro

            i just looked for that guys name and a lot of people are saying it needs a disk to play there game around 6 -7 people said it was working and i dont see any proof that it is legit? got a link to prove what you are saying ? @gasfapz:disqus

            Posted on May 26, 2013
          • abshkd

            even if it worked. it will be temporary. As I mentioned again, this is not about cracking the game but making it better. Please refrain from posting about cracks. this is not the place.

            Posted on May 26, 2013
        • CaptainKaylo

          The only Rune Torrent Simcity games on TPB are from 2003 and 2007?

          Posted on June 1, 2013
        • Linus Lefevere

          @ crackheadmenace, thats not simcity 5 you’re talking about :p, means you’re playing older version of simcity, who’s slow now? :p

          Posted on June 2, 2013
  11. Pro


    Posted on May 26, 2013
  12. Dawid

    How to run this game offline? I run origin in offline mode, but ” can’t open simcity because of no internet connection…

    Posted on June 4, 2013
  13. 123Anthony45

    Will It Get Stuck On The Loading Screen?

    Posted on July 13, 2013
  14. llsf sddg

    does it work for patch 5.0? Because I cant get it to work… Its always stays at the loading screen

    Posted on July 30, 2013

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