What are mods?

A "mod" (short for "modification") are fan-made alterations to games which allow them to look and act different than the original. In the case of FTL, the community has created a number of mods, ranging from redesigns of the game's art all the way to mods which create brand new campaigns and gameplay modes.

Are mods safe?

Mods are not official patches. They are not developed, published, or maintained by any members of the development team, and as such, we cannot guarantee their stability nor are we responsible for any content we did not create ourselves.

Installing and Using Mods

Slipstream is a fan-made mod manger for FTL which makes it easy to install multiple mods and control which ones you use, when you want to use them. It is the go-to method of using mods with FTL.

Slipstream installation instructions:
  1. Download Slipstream Mod Manger zip file from the official thread in our forums.
  2. Extract the Slipstream folder from the zip file.

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  3. Open the Slipstream file folder, you should see a single folder with the same title as the parent folder (e.g. Slipstream Mod Manager v1.6-Win).
  4. Move the Slipstream file folder to your FTL folder. For Steam users, it will be located in Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/FTL Faster Than Light (See screenshot.)

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  5. OPTIONAL: Rename the Slipstream folder to simply "Slipstream".
  6. Open the Slipstream folder and find the "modman" application.

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  7. Double click on "modman" to start Slipstream. You will see a black window while the program searches for your copy of FTL. You will see a confirmation popup (see screenshot) once FTL has been located. Click "yes" to confirm and launch Slipstream.

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Important notes:

  • You must return your copy of FTL to its default, unmodded state before installing Slipstream. Additional details available in this post.
  • While it is possible to use two mods at once, mods get installed in the order in which they are listed in Slipstream. Therefore, if two mods write over the same files, they will never be able to work together successfully.

To add mods to slipstream, navigate to the steamapps/common/FTL Faster Than Light folder (where the game is located).

Once there, move your downloaded mod into the "mods" folder.

To activate a mod, run Slipstream, select the mod(s) you want to use, then click "patch". Once the program is done, you should be able to run the game as you would normally, but with new access to the mods.

You can use Slipstream to both install and manage your mods. To add a new mod, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Choose the mod you would like to install. For this tutorial, we will be using the Shiny! UI Overhaul and Graphics Mod to change the look of the game. For reference, this is screenshot of the default hangar screen:

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  2. Download the mod to your computer. You should see a file similar to the one pictured, ending with ".ftl". (Note: Some operating systems may remove the ".ftl" ending. If this happens, you can simply add it back yourself.)

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  3. Open your Slipstream folder in a second window and move the new mod into the "mods" subfolder.

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  4. Once you have moved the new mod, open Slipstream. The newly-added mod should appear in the list of available mods. Check the tickbox next to the new mod, then click "Patch".

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  5. When Slipstream has finished patching the game, you will see a popup asking if you would like to start FTL. Click "yes" to launch the game and see the results of your newly-added mod.

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Note: You do NOT need to run Slipstream every time you play; only when you need to change which mods you are using.

Featured Mods

FTL Captain's Edition

Arriving at the beacon, you discover a whole new, extended, balanced and lore-friendly FTL experience. Fight space stations of the different factions. Use dozen of new weapons and see various new enemy classes using them against you. Make decisions in new events and follow immerisve new quest-lines. Escape the Rebel fleet in a harsher, but richer galaxy. Face the need for using new tactics in combat and maybe pay the price for underestimating your new opponents.

Extended Pursuit Indicator

This collection of mods enables users to add between 2 and 24 more levels to the Rebel pursuit indicator on the sector map screen, allowing you to gauge easier how far the fleet will advance after a certain amount of jumps and if it will overtake a certain beacon.

Descent into Darkness

Descent into Darkness is a complete overhaul modification for FTL. You do not start with a single ship loadout and play the game regularly. Instead, you are given a barebones ship hull and pick your starting gear, crew, augments, everything.

Better Planet and Backgrounds

This mod replaces all of the existing planets and backgrounds and adds a lot more.

Language Mods

The following are fan made mods which change the language of the text presented in FTL. They can be installed like any other mod using the steps described above. We cannot guarantee their accuracy or content. If you encounter any questionable content or know of any additional mods we should add to this list, please let us know.

French: "Faster Than Light STFR" - Angarmax, Bill_Dupond, BriseRotule, omeno, Anthony Carretier, & TOuistiti59
Traduction de l'edition basique ainsi que de l'advanced edition! Interface graphique + textes des événements.

Japanese: "Localizing into Japanese" - via
ENGLISH: Translating completed. With the update to AdvancedEdition (1.5.4), additional significant text changes have been made.

Spanish: "Faster Than Light (Ed. Avanzada) Mod en espańol"- Tonxabar & Maverik
La traducción completa al espańol de FTL Edicion Avanzada (Version 1.05.13).

Russian for the Advanced Edition- Owner: sokolov.mstislav
(No description provided.)

Random Mods

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