The Sims 3 Cheats

The list below consists of cheats for The Sims 3 and its expansions.  If you happen to know of a cheat that isn’t listed, I’d be glad to add it! Just head on over to the Contact Us page and fill out the form (I would need to know the name of the game and the description of the cheat).

During the game, hit CTRL+SHIFT+C to bring up the Cheat Box. Type one of the following and hit Enter.

[tab:The Sims 3]
Lists all the cheats currently available

help <cheatname>
Displays specific information about the cheat.

Adds §1.000,- to household funds

Adds §50.000,- to household funds

Moveobjects on/off
Removes footprint limitation for all object placement in Buy Mode and Build Mode. Removes limitations placed on hand tool for when objects are in use or for objects that normally are not movable. Is known to cause issues with game elements, routing, hidden object generation and manipulation, etc. Note that using this cheat allows you to move and delete objects that normally cannot be manipulated such as Sims. If you delete these objects, there is no way to get them back, so be careful!

constrainFloorElevation [true/false]
Allows all terrain adjustments regardless of objects, Sims, and other structures on them.  Walls, floors, and objects will move with the terrain, allowing you to create sloped walls and floored hills.  However, placing new walls/floors will still flatten terrain, and placing objects will still require the terrain to be flat initially if the objects normally require it.

disableSnappingToSlotsOnAlt [on/off]
When on, objects will not snap to slots while holding ALT.  Useful for placing objects such as chairs near tables without them snapping or placing counters near other counters, etc.

enablellamas [on/off]
Ok this is a joke. it’s in the cheatlist, but it does nothing. They just added it for fun.

fadeObjects [on/off]
Toggles whether objects fade when the camera gets close to them. Does not apply to Sims.

testingCheatsEnabled [true/false]
Use ‘true’ to enable debugmode. Can move needs, shift click mailbox to change careers, lock needs, etc.

fps [on/off]
Turns the frame rate display in the upper right corner on or off.

fullscreen [on/off]
Self explanatory. You can also change this setting in options by the way.

hideHeadlineEffects [on/off]
Hides all Sim overhead effects such as thought balloons and speech balloons.

Shows a random joke in the cheat console

Exits game

resetSim [first name] [last name]
In the rare case that a Sim gets “stuck” in an interaction or somewhere around town or gets something stuck to it, use this cheat.  It may take a while for the Sim to appear because it is being entirely rebuilt.  Usage example: resetSim Mortimer Goth

slowMotionViz [0-8]
Puts the visuals of the game in slow motion.  Entering a “level” value is optional.  Valid values range from 0 = normal speed to 8 = slowest.

unlockOutfits [on/off]
Includes career outfits and service Sim outfits as options in Create a Sim.  The cheat must be entered before going into CAS.

familyfunds [Familyname] #
Add or extract money for a chosen family.

[up arrow]
Recalls the most recent cheat typed into this window for this instance of the game.

[tab:World Adventures]
Will unlock a new Buy Mode slot that will let you purchase many debug objects for tombs or enigmas.  Items that developers uses like tomb objects, collectibles spawners and decorative or special objects can be used on your home/community lots.

allowObjectsOnRoofs [on/off]
Allows you to place objects on rooftops

When entering the cheat in Map view, all of your lot icons will begin to flash – disco style.

Will unlock a new Buy Mode slot that will let you purchase many debug objects like the Time Machine, sculptures and many other items that normally cannot be bought in-game.

AlwaysAllowBuildBuy true / false
This will allow the Build and Buy Modes to be turned on all the time, even when there is a fire or a burglary.

[tab:Late Night]
RBBB on or RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings true / false
Allows you to edit public spaces like lobbies or entrance halls

unlockOutfits on
Enables vampire teeth in Create-A-Sim. Find them under Accessories.


moviemakerCheats enabled [true|false]
Toggles Movie Maker Mode, which enables new cheats for players that aid in movie making. To access Movie Maker Mode, [testingcheatsenabled true] must be set. It allows NPCS to be selectable by using SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK on the Sim. Additionally, the following cheat interactions are enabled when you SHIFT+LEFT CLICK on a Sim:

  • Animation: Plays a specific animation on a Sim
  • Disable All Lookouts: Toggles all Look Ats for all Sims.
  • Edit in CAS: Brings the clicked Sim into Create a Sim, where they can be fully edited.
  • Sim Shutdown: Prevents all Sims for doing anything other than player initiated interactions.
  • Set Looping On/One-Off: Sets animations to be looped or to one-off.