MSFS Addons Linker Renaming Guide

This guide will help you fix CTD (crash to desktop) issues. For this guide we assume you have existing MSFS add-on folders inside your Community folder. (If you’re already using symbolic links to keep track of your add-ons, you are most likely already using MSFS Addons Linker and can skip to step 3)

Step 1: Installing MSFS Addons Linker

  • Assuming you have WinRAR installed, right-click the downloaded file and select “Extract to MSFS_Addons_Linker…”, This will extract the program and its contents into a new folder inside the current directory.
  • Alternatively, you can extract the files using Windows Explorer, 7zip or any other archiving program of your choice. Feel free to move the extracted directory to any destination you like.

Step 2: Setting up MSFS Addons Linker

  • Go inside the extracted MSFS Addons Linker folder and double-click “MSFS_AddonsLinker.exe” to start the program.
  • A window should appear called “Options”, this will launch only on the first time you start up MSFS Addons Linker. Follow the steps below for a minimal configuration required for this guide.

  • A: My Addons Folders, (+) Add -> Select your MSFS Community folder, the same folder you copy your add-ons into. For the screenshot below we use “C:\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Community”, your Community folder location might differ.
  • B: MSFS Community folder -> Select the same folder that you selected on step A.
  • C: Ok -> Click this button, if MSFS Addons Linker asks if you want to restart the program as Admin to allow for creation of dynamic links, select “Yes” (although not needed for this guide, it doesn’t hurt to do so).

Step 3: Renaming ModelLib files

  • Now that you have the main MSFS Addons Linker window open which should show all of your installed add-ons, go to the menu bar and select “Tools/ModelLib Changer”. Follow the steps below to rename your ModelLib files
  • A: STEP 1 : Scan to detect potential ‘ModelLib.bgl’ conflicts -> Click on this button, it should list all of your add-ons with conflicting ModelLib.bgl files.
  • B: STEP 2 : Rename the ‘ModelLib.bgl’ file for all the visible and selected addons in the list above -> Click on this button, when it asks if you want to continue, click “Yes”
  • Your ModelLib files are now renamed, you can close the “ModelLib Changer” window.

Step 4: Renaming MaterialLibs folders

  • This process is basically the same as step 3, go to the menu bar and select “Tools/MaterialLibs Changer”. Follow the steps below to rename your MaterialLibs folders
  • A: STEP 1 : Scan to detect potential ‘MaterialLibs’ folder conflicts -> Click on this button, it should list all of your add-ons with conflicting MaterialLibs folders.
  • B: STEP 2 : Rename the ‘MaterialLibs’ folders for all the visible and selected addons in the list above -> Click on this button, when it asks if you want to continue, click “Yes”
  • Your ModelLib files are now renamed, you can close the “ModelLib Changer” window.

Step 5: Enjoying a crash-free MSFS experience

  • Congratulations, all of your crashes should be gone now. Close the MSFS Addons Linker program and start up MSFS.
  • The next time after you installed new or updated add-ons into your Community folder, start up MSFS Addons Linker again and follow step 3 and 4.
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