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MSFS Addons Linker

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Version 0.9.7765.38724
Initial Release October 11, 2020
Last Updated April 05, 2021
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note : for the detailed changelog, please check the 'changelog' tab at the top of the page, below are just general informations

 

** added 2021.03.13 **

a new very well done video by badGamr has been posted on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O68u05JZXL8

It's based on the latest version (as of today) and covers most of the features, a must see if you need some help or are starting with the tool or have some questions about it

Many thanks badGamr !


** added 2020.10.24 **

another updated video by LostPilot, with some UI tips, many many thanks
https://youtu.be/MDFLcM02De8
https://youtu.be/g7YvGgIhLl0
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** added 2020.10.20 **
updated video by lostboii/lostpilot, big thanks again
https://youtu.be/mqLpvpCDRws
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** added 2020.10.13 **
little video to get you started with the tool made by lostboii, many thanks to him
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ewxWhg-mk
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Hello

Another little addon manager. Made to match my own needs and just sharing with the community.

I tried to keep the UI very simple but it should hopefully do the job 'feature-wise'.

- lets you organize your addon freely in folder and subfolders in your folder of choice
- will create links in the community folder. There is no need to move files in and out of the folder.
- very easy to activate/deactivate groups of addons (single click)
- lets you save presets of addons
- lets you rename addons (link will be automatically updated)
- lets you add / update / remove addons

Installation :
- just extract all the files and drop them in a folder of your choice and run the EXE file

usage :
- create a folder where you will put your addons, add your addons in there instead of putting them in the community folder, you can create as many subfolder as you want to organize your files efficiently
- launch the application, in the options screen set your 'addon folder' and your 'community folder'
- just click on the checkbox to activate/deactivate addons
- rest should be fairly easy to understand (little quickstart guide should be coming soon if needed)

notes :
- if it doesn't work please try to set the application to run as admin, if it works but you still get the message at the start, just disable the message in the options screen
 -i was made aware that other tools seem to do pretty much the same things but probably with some differences (have not tested them though because i learned about them after mine was released last week), anyway each has probably its own advantage and it's just free and just for fun, so you can freely decide to use mine if you find it useful.

big thanks to the guys in the AVSIM forum that helped me testing the very first versions with feedback and ideas. I will now post it here exclusively making it easier to maintain for eventual updates.

Thank you

How to install / update ?

Simply unzip all included file in the zip in a folder of your choice. For updating, repeat the same process after deleting the files that came with the previous version.

Will my settings be kept after an update ?

Yes, the settings are saved in a different folder (C:\ProgramData\MSFS Addons Linker). The presets are also stored in that folder by default but they might be in another folder if you changed their locations in the options screen (so make sure you don't delete them if you changed the location manually).

Can i save the columns order / size ?

yes, there is an option for that in the right click menu (save columns order / size). If you do that, the column order will be restored on the next restart of the tool

After launching the tool i see the icon in my taskbar but the screen does not show up, WTH ?

oops, the tool saves it's locations when closed. If you change monitor settings between 2 sessions (for example going form dual screen setup to a single screen setup) it might happen that the screen is restored outside of the boundaries of your current screen, so it will be there but you wont' see it :)

You can fix that easily by going to the configuration folder (C:\ProgramData\MSFS Addons Linker), open the ini file with notepad and remove the tree lines below :

Window_Position=
Window_Splitter_Pos=
Window_Splitter_PosH=

On the next restart the app should show up correctly on your screen.

I'm getting 'can not read manifest.json file', addons do not work when moved outside of the community folder

This is unfortunately an issue some users having the MS-Store version faced. When addons are placed in the community folder they are somewhat encrypted (not exactly sure what Windows does). When you move them elsewhere, they don't work anymore. It seems to be a Windows limitation and there's not much we can do. For some users copying the addons instead of moving them fixed the issue but that doesn't seem to work for everyone. In the worst case you would need to redownload the addons having the problem and place them directly in your custom addon folder.

I have a crash when .......

please send me a private message on this site (there is a little option 'private message to bad2000' in the action menu on the main addon page) with the detailed error message that you get. I'll do my best to try to fix

Can I apply multiple presets at once ?

yes, you can do that either by using the 'presets screen' available in the toolbar menu, in that screen you can select several presets and apply them at once. You can also use the button 'apply cumulative' at the bottom of the addons list. That button will apply the selection of the presets without removing the currently selected addons.

I get invalid links if i rename / remove addons via the Windows Explorer

this is normal because if you do operations via the Windows explorer the links can not be maintained (for renaming for example there is an option directly in the tool's right click menu, if you do that inside the tool the link will be maintained by the tool). Anyway if you get invalid links you can delete them easily with the right click menu 'delete invalid links' on the right panel (they can be spotted easily because they will be with a red background), then just recreate the link for the desired addon.

Will there be a map for addons ?

Well there are now other tools now that do pretty much the same as mine and that already include maps. So my prototype with a map for which i posted some screnshots a few months ago has been pretty much been discontinued for now. Not sure if i'll work on that anymore (i really don't want to enter competition with other addons, if others are better it's very ok for me, all this is just for fun for me)

Where is the manual ?

there is none .. shame on me for sure ;) It should be fairly easy to use though and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

There are also some videos about the tool that have been popping up on Youtube, they can certainly help understanding the basics (many thanks to their authors).

Donations ?

Thank you very much about thinking about making a donation. I really appreciate that but it's ok, there's already so much stuff to pay for nowadays, just enjoy the little tool if you think it can be useful for you and don't worry about money.

How to uninstall everything / start new ?

To remove completely the application you need to remove two folders.

- the folder in which you unzipped all files

- the configuration folder that is created automatically when the tool is run for the first time and where your settings are saved (C:\ProgramData\MSFS Addons Linker)

if you do that it will be like if you had never installed the tool.

Do I really have to launch the tool 'as admin' ?

The real reply would be NO. But well, it's a bit difficult, the more precise reply is 'not anymore since v0.8' but YES if you have already used older version of the tool.

Unfortunately it was required for earlier version (because the tool was creating links that needed admin rights, now not anymore). The fact that it was required in earlier versions means that now your configuration files are saved 'as admin' and if you run the tool 'not as admin' you wouldn't be able to update them so you are pretty much forced to continue running the tool as admin. It's a bit annoying.

Feel free to contact me if you need more info and don't want to run it 'as admin' anymore because it would be as simple as recreating your configuration files without admin rights.

Why do some addons show up in red ?

The red color is just a warning (everything will work fine). It indicates that you have two (or more) addons with the same name in different folders. Those are probably duplicates that need to be checked.


Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 0.9.7765.38724 April 05, 2021

    ultra tiny-mini hotfix :=)

    FIXED : correction of the wrongly formatted size indication in the grid view if you had the 'file stats' option disabled. Sorry for that and thanks BrianT58 for reporting !

  • Version 0.9.7763.27934 April 03, 2021

    a little hotfix :)

    IMPROVED : improved the logic for enabling/disabling dependencies.

    FIXED : The dependencies were not mapped correctly into memory until the next restart of the application (would still work for the most part but some actions, like changing color, would not be in effect until the next restart).

    IMPROVED : the hiding of CVT folders is now optional. If you prefer to see them (same as previous versions) just uncheck the option in the options screen (2nd tab)

    NEW : Based on the request by orenghe988, added a 'addons grid view' in the 'Tools' menu at the top. This will let you search / sort / filter more easily than in the main treeview if you have multiple folder levels. Sorting by size will be more easy like this i think, i also added an 'update date' column (in the main view there is only the 'creation date'). It's also possible to export the data to Excel (right click menu).

    NOTE : if you have tons of addons (some have 300+ GB) you can maybe get a little boost of performance by checking the 'disable file stats' option in the options screen. If this option is checked (means that file stats are disabled), the new 'grid view' will still show you the files count and size because that information will be recomputed when the new screen is shown (so that might take a few seconds but it will not be penalizing everytime your refresh the main views).

    HELP : the right click menu option called 'Auto enable/disable used/unused dependencies' will just check if all dependencies are correctly enabled : so this option will :
    - enable a dependency if it's not enabled and at least one of its corresponding addon is already enabled
    - disable a dependency if all of its corresponding addons are not enabled

  • Version 0.9.7757.29758 March 28, 2021

    Hello, another little update with some more requests filled, nothing groundbreaking but maybe some improvement in general usage if you still use this tool.

    NEW : Dependencies can now be set to individual addons. When enabled on a specific addon, the addons defined as its dependencies will be activated automatically when you activate the main addon. This can be useful for libraries. Elements who have (or are) dependencies can be set in specific colors in the options screen (2nd tab)

    NEW : You can now save into memory the current selection and then reapply it. The first 2 buttons on the main toolbar can be used for that. This will let you re-enable a specific selection in a single click without having to reapply your presets

    NEW : New options to add or remove an addon to/from all presets (right click menu, presets sub menu)

    NEW : 'expand all' / 'collapse all' / 'enable all' / 'disable all' / view only selected / view only not selected' added in the toolbar of the presets editor screen

    NEW : if the SHIFT key is pressed when you click on the 'launch simulator' option, the 'autostart' programs you may have defined will not be launched

    NEW : Tags can now be set on folders

    IMPROVED : removed _CVT_ folder appearing in the community folder (those are generated by the sim if you use legacy FSX models and have nothing to do with real addons so not showing them will probably avoid some confusion)

    IMPROVED : some new buttons added in the main toolbar (view only selected / view only not selected / clear all filters)

    IMPROVED : an invalid link will automatically be deleted if trying to create a new link with the same name

    FIXED : there was a crash when trying to use the filter editor

    FIXED : several other little fixes

    ADVANCED : if you store your addons on a NAS or network folder you can now use symlinks instead of junctions (advanced tab in the options screen).

    Note : please extract all files and not just the EXE because there are new files in the ZIP

    As a reminder if you are new with this tool or not very familiar with it, badGamr posted a very nice video a few weeks ago that explain several features (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O68u05JZXL8). LostPilot's video are also still very useful, i added links to both in the help screen of the tool. Thank you guys !

    Thanks as always for your support and for the help when reporting issues.

  • Version 0.8.7735.20969 March 06, 2021

    Another very little update but i still release it because i think it's worth to update if you have tons of addons.

    - NEW : new option to disable the 'file count' and 'addon size' (check 'disable file stats' in the options screen)

    - IMPROVED : little improvement in addons loading performance even if you don't disable the 'file stats' option

    - FIX : a few little fixes that could cause some crashes in some very specific cases

    In this new version you can disable the 'file count' and 'addon size' data that is displayed in your addons list (columns 'Size' and 'Files count'). Probably you don't need that info every time the tool loads or refreshes your addons list, so now you can disable it in the 'options screen' by checking the new option 'disable file stats'.
    If you do so, the speed of loading of your addons should be greatly improved if you have a lot of addons. When you want to check the size/file count (because that can certainly be useful at times) you can obviously re-enable 'files stats' and you will have the info displayed again.



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Light red row backrounds in Addons pane
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Linker addon problem
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February 24, 2021
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1,257 Comments
  • DeltaSierra2020
    5 hour(s) ago
    This is a great utility thank you! For MS Store users who can not copy the folders from the Community folder and remove them for updates, this is the perfect solution. Also many addons will come, this utility keeps everything neat and organized. Love the preset feature! Much appreciated!
    • bad2000
      2 hour(s) ago
      Thank you very much for your comment, much appreciated !
  • Nautiker777
    22 hour(s) ago
    I'm very satisfied with addon linker. But I always got a problem, when starting the FS hangs up when showing "check updates". I observe this problem occurs much worse since latest Asobo update. I habe a lot of mods and sorted it by scenery, countries, objects, planes etc. But now even when I choose f.e. only one country like Germany, the FS hang up and do not continiue loading. If I use an emty community folder, it lts loading. Of cause, the more mods, the longer loading times.But it just stopped. I did also running the tool included in add on linker to avoid files with the same names, but doesnot hep at all. But it can not be that all of these scenery mods are programmed in wrong way.
    • bad2000
      22 hour(s) ago
      hello, it's probably not all causing problems, but probably one or a few of them. Unfortunately there is no miracle solutions, you need to start adding them step by step and try to find the bad one(s). It's for sure annoying but i don't really think there is another solution, you would probably get the same issue without using my tool. I've read some people having problems with some mods since the update, it's unfortunately not really something that my tool can fix (it's probably just a few addons needing a little update).
      Please try disabling everything and then start adding them step by step meticulously (like first half / second half, if one of the 2 half works then you know you need to check the half that doesn't work, then repeat with smaller 'half' until you find the bad ones), annoying for sure but well every MS update seem to bring some little incompatibilities with some mods .... Let me know, ,thank you
  • tkory9890
    1 day(s) ago
    I downloaded the MSFS_addon and created a link. I cannot make it launch the ADDON manager. I have opened as administrator and double clicked the shortcut several times and it does not load up. I have installed and uninstalled it several times. no luck.
    • bad2000
      1 day(s) ago
      hello, you unzipped all file in the folder and when you click on the EXE it doesn't start ? nothing shows up in the taskbar ? Do you have file called MSFS_Addon_Linker.ini created in this folder C:\ProgramData\MSFS Addons Linker ? If yes maybe to try to rename it and relaunch. There is also maybe an antivirus or something blocking it for some reason. Really hard to tell for me unfortunately, let me know if you have more info.
    • tkory9890
      1 day(s) ago
      It starts up once, and after I close it or go to the simulator, it doesn't load back up again if I want to fly again. Even if the simulator is exited and ended. I will look into the AntiVirus. It is a EXE shortcut.
    • bad2000
      1 day(s) ago
      well if it starts one it's probably not the antivirus. You didnt reply to my question, does the icon show up in the taskbar at the bottom but you don't see the main screen ? or it does not show up at all in the taksbar ? If it shows up in the taskbar but you'dont see the screen please try to remove the 3 following lines from your INI file when the app is closed and then start the app again :
      Window_Position=xxxx
      Window_Splitter_Pos=xxx
      Window_Splitter_PosH=xxx
      If it still doesn't show up at all i'll send you a little DEBUG version to try to find out what is happening. Thank you.
    • tkory9890
      4 hour(s) ago
      After I click on it and try to open it with administrator settings, it does not show up and I don't see an icon on the taskbar.
    • tkory9890
      4 hour(s) ago
      And I cant figure out how to open the INI file for this application.... Sorry. If you can send the Debugged version, I'll see if that will help.
      Thank you
    • bad2000
      2 hour(s) ago
      you can open the INI file with the notepad, it's just a text file. I will prepare a debug version and will send it you via private message (but if you test that notepad trick before and it works please let me know)
  • GerardMansoif
    2 day(s) ago
    Hello and all my congratulations for this remarkable addon that I use very regularly. I realized that when selecting a preset containing scenes with dependencies that the latter were not added in the "Community" folder. Is this normal or am I doing the wrong thing?
    • bad2000
      2 day(s) ago
      no it's not normal 😊 ... i just did a little a test and indeed it looks like it's not working, sorry for that. I knew i tested that when that new feature was first released but i probably broke it again with the latest 2 updates that changed a few things with the depenedencies management, fix will be coming (probably tomorrow). Thank you for reporting that.
  • danastasiou
    2 day(s) ago
    This is an excellent application which I have been using since Oct 2020. It worked fined up to the latest MSFS 1.15.7.0 However now the content shows "Not Installed" in the MSFS 'Content Manager'. What might be the problem? Thanks in advance.
  • DrCrowbarX
    3 day(s) ago
    Hi there,

    Since WU4, subfolders are taken into account as files instead of folders.

    So for instance, my folder "Aircraft" containing all aircraft mods+liveries is now shown as a file which I cannot develop in Addon Linker to enable or not the addons inside.
    It default back to the error : "cannot read json". Any ideas?

    Screen: https://abload.de/img/sanstitretxkh7.png
    • bad2000
      3 day(s) ago
      hello, is there a manifest.json file in that !airplane folder ? if there is one it's that one that will make the tool think it's an addon and not a folder containing others folders. I can't see that in your screen because it would be at the bottom of the windows explorer view. And even with that there is something strange in your screen i will send you a little private msg.
  • EDDB2020
    4 day(s) ago
    Hi, any ideas why my airport project is marked red without any further error message? Started the project with 0.11.0.0 but the package was build today with 0.12.0.0. I have the latest version of your brilliant mod.

    Cheers!
    • bad2000
      4 day(s) ago
      hello, the red is just a warning meaning that you have 2 folder with the same name in your addons folders. It will not cause any problems it's really just a warning. You can see an example pic below illustrating that case :
      https://i.imgur.com/J54qEPe.png
    • EDDB2020
      4 day(s) ago
      Thanks, that's it.😄
  • xtremepaul
    4 day(s) ago
    is it possible to bring the community folder to an other driver ?! 😉
    • bad2000
      4 day(s) ago
      hello, to be honest i don't really know, i have searched a bit in different forum but couldn't really find a definite response. I have the steam version and i choose a custom folder for my community when installing so i don't have that problem, but i certainly understand that people who have it on c:\ want to move it, unfortunately i can't really give you hints with that (maybe someone else reading this will)
  • FDANY
    5 day(s) ago
    Bonjour, ce produit est remarquable !!! Par contre je n'arrive pas à lancer MSFS avec via le bouton Launch Simulator. J'ai acheté MSFS sur le site officiel en téléchargeant l'optio Premium. Que faut-il mettre en paramétrage dans les options pour que MSFS AddonsLinker lance le simulateur ?
    Merci pour votre aide
    • bad2000
      5 day(s) ago
      Thank you for your feedback, appreciated !
      In the options screen --> choose your FS version --> select 'MS Store / DVD'
      This should be enough and the game should launch when you press the button. Let me know if it doesnt.
  • SirMaxxi
    5 day(s) ago
    I love this tool but it takes at least 7-10 minutes to start it, I cannot use this anymore waiting that long its just unacceptable, considering I dont have that many mods loaded, it must scan the directories every single time, is there a way to bypass that???
    • bad2000
      5 day(s) ago
      woops no, that's certainly not normal, if it was taking 7-10 minutes for me i would have trashed it a long time ago 😊
      If you haven't done already first thing is to check the option 'disable file stats' in the options screen that should help a bit. For the rest it's hard to tell, maybe i need to send you a debug version to try to find out. Also check if there are no antivirus or other security software that go crazy when the tools start (maybe try one once with those deactived). Might also depend on your disk speed but still even 1 minute would be very long. I will send you some debug stuff probably later tonight (CET time)
      Also a little detail, is it only when you start the tool ? or everytime you refresh to list ? (without relaunching the tool)
    • SirMaxxi
      5 day(s) ago
      Hi Bad, thanks for your reply, actually I need your software for the different regions I Enable/Disable etc. I have a very High End Machine, 3090/5950x etc and I have MSFS on a dedicated NVME. This is the only program that is super slow, I am wondering if your software does a scan of my addon directories before it starts ?
    • SirMaxxi
      5 day(s) ago
      I have also downloaded the update, whats the safest was to update this tool, overwrite contents ?
    • bad2000
      5 day(s) ago
      yes just replace all files with the one coming with the new zip. that should be it. The tool does scan the folder you have set in the options screen to find the manifest.json files identifying your installed addons and then build the 'treeview' that you see on the left side, it will read those manifest.json files to fill some data in the list (title, author, ...). That will take certainly several seconds if you have 1000's of addons, but it should not take several minutes for sure. I will certainly send you a debug version later this evening.
    • SirMaxxi
      5 day(s) ago
      Thank you greatly, I will update to the latest iteration in the interim, again thank you!!
    • bad2000
      5 day(s) ago
      send you a private msg with the debug version.
    • SirMaxxi
      5 day(s) ago
      Thanks you Sir, speak soon with feedback 😃
  • Smety
    6 day(s) ago
    great tool !
    • bad2000
      5 day(s) ago
      Thank you very much for your comment, appreciated !
  • platohjwang
    6 day(s) ago
    just curious, why your version number could be this long. I can only put in 4 digits for my project😂
    • bad2000
      6 day(s) ago
      That number is auto-generated, i just change the first 2 numbers if i make some important changes, the rest is auto-generated based on the date/time of day the version is built (that's makes sure it will always go up with every version without me having to decide what number to give) .. but yeah it's probably a bit confusing 😊
      Technically if you do .NET it's this in the Assembly file : [assembly: AssemblyVersion("0.9.*"😉] (smiley was not intended there should be a ) there but it's auto transformed into a smiley)
    • platohjwang
      6 day(s) ago
      Oh great! thank you so much


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