The next-generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator has a built-in Marketplace to download additional freeware as well as payware content such as aircraft, liveries, and airport sceneries from Microsoft and partnered third-party developers. However, the new MSFS also supports an external way of doing this, allowing users to install even more content from its community outside the built-in Marketplace. Since it’s been not so long from the release date, the Marketplace is still quite barebone and slowly growing. There is content rapidly sprout through third-party channels, for example, unofficial livery packages and mods via external websites. So, if you find an aircraft, a livery, an airport, or scenery which you would like to install into the new MSFS, below is the way to do it.
All the downloaded add-ons has to be extracted under the folder called Community. Finding this folder depends on did you install the MSFS on its default installation directory or if you specified a custom installation directory manually. There’s also a slight difference depending on if you bought the MSFS on Steam or Windows Store. On Windows 10, the AppData folder is hidden by default. If you don’t see it in Windows Explorer, go to View, and look for the checkbox that says Hidden Items, and click it.
- Windows Store: C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\ Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\
- Steam: C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\ Microsoft.FlightDashboard_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\
- Custom installation: For example E:/MSFS/
Now you have located the Community folder. All you need is to extract the add-on to this folder. Make sure there are no sub-folders between the Community and the extracted add-ons primary folder, or it won’t work. Finally, you can start the MSFS and your just extracted content should be found in the sim.