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Here's how to mod Stardew Valley on the Steam Deck

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Want to get Stardew Valley setup on the Steam Deck with mods? It's quite easy to do but there's a few steps you have to go through, here's a guide on what to do.

Unlike some games, Stardew doesn't offer up the Steam Workshop and instead uses the standalone SMAPI. The good news is that it works well on Linux too. First up, here's the usual video guide and below will be text for those that prefer to read:

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This video guide is linked in the official SMAPI Wiki.

Text guide:

  1. Load up a web browser and head to the SMAPI website, then hit the big download button.
  2. Extract the archive and load up your Downloads folder in the Dolphin file manager.
  3. Open the Konsole terminal application, and drag the "install on Linux.sh" file into the Konsole window. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. You can find mods on NexusMods, although you need to be registered and logged in to download.
  5. Pick a mod, download it and then place the mod folder extracted from the archive download into your Mods folder in the Stardew Valley install folder. You can find the installed folder by right clicking the game in Steam, going to Properties, Local Files and clicking Browse Local Files.
  6. Disable the SMAPI terminal, otherwise the game will not display properly in Gaming Mode (the main Deck UI). Do this by installing any text editor in the Discover Software Centre. In your Stardew installed folder, look for the file named "StardewValley" (with no extension) and open it up. Adjust where it says SKIP_TERMINAL=false to SKIP_TERMINAL=true and save.
  7. Done.

You can buy Stardew Valley for Steam Deck on Humble Store and Steam.

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7 comments

Mal 14 Mar
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I hope Barone will embrace steam workshop for his next projects. Custom solutions are pretty much always cluncky and time consuming. Notable exception is Factorio mod portal. But Wube are the -positive- exception on pretty much everything. Even when they get review bombed is positive. Which is something I would never have thought I would say.
QuoteOpen the Konsole terminal application, and drag the "install on Linux.sh" file into the Konsole window.
That works to run a .sh file in the terminal? You learn something new every day!
Craggles086 15 Mar
Quoting: Philadelphus
QuoteOpen the Konsole terminal application, and drag the "install on Linux.sh" file into the Konsole window.
That works to run a .sh file in the terminal? You learn something new every day!

Just because it works on the current update of Konsole, do not count on it working for gnome terminal, LXTerminal, Terminator.. etc

I remember when I thought Cut and Paste into a terminal using the mouse right click felt like a luxury feature. Now get annoyed when it isn’t enabled by default..


Last edited by Craggles086 on 15 March 2022 at 2:50 am UTC
tuubi 15 Mar
Quoting: Craggles086
Quoting: Philadelphus
QuoteOpen the Konsole terminal application, and drag the "install on Linux.sh" file into the Konsole window.
That works to run a .sh file in the terminal? You learn something new every day!

Just because it works on the current update of Konsole, do not count on it working for gnome terminal, LXTerminal, Terminator.. etc

I remember when I thought Cut and Paste into a terminal using the mouse right click felt like a luxury feature. Now get annoyed when it isn’t enabled by default..
Drag and drop has been a basic usability feature of Gnome's and Xfce4's default terminals for so long that I doubt they'll just remove it on a whim. Same goes for paste in the right-click menu. You can't even disable these features, because why would you want to?
Quoting: Craggles086I remember when I thought Cut and Paste into a terminal using the mouse right click felt like a luxury feature. Now get annoyed when it isn’t enabled by default..
No joke, the second middle-click clipboard is probably like at least 50% of why I originally switched to Linux at home after experiencing it at work. And after 8 years I now get irrationally enraged whenever I go to use it on another operating system and it's not there.
Liam Dawe 4 Apr
Quoting: Craggles086Just because it works on the current update of Konsole, do not count on it working for gnome terminal, LXTerminal, Terminator.. etc
I've never seen a modern console that doesn't work with drag and drop. If it doesn't, it should. A basic usability feature IMO.
detrout 20 Apr
My not Linux using spouse got a Steamdeck and had some trouble following the text description, though the video was much more helpful.

Users new to the steam deck might need some guidance on how to get to desktop mode and not have much familiarity with the Linux desktop tools.

Apparently this page is pretty high in the google rankings for "how to mod Stardew Valley on the steam deck" so might be getting people who are not regular gaming on Linux readers.
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