How to Install SimCity (2013) (Bypass DRM/Play Offline)

DISCLAIMER- I am not asking you/supporting you/helping you to pirate this game. I am simply helping you install and run this game if you are having problems with downloading from Origin. That means I am assuming you have already bought “SimCity″ and are here just so I can help you install it. Like I said, I am not helping you if your pirating this game, so if you actually are pirating, and you are caught, you cannot lead them here to this website because we weren’t helping you in the first place. If you are in fact pirating, then you are on your own in case of legal action.

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Okay finally, it’s now possible to play this game offline. It’s about time. Now this method isn’t easy, it will probably not work the first time, but take that as a challenge. This method works, I played the game for 5 hours today. It comes patched with version 4, which as of now is the latest. What I am about to teach you is a way in which your SimCity won’t connect to those unfortunate EA servers and rather the game will run and save on your computer, offline. Ready? Ok.

(Note- Updated for version 1.6 of the server.)



– Windows XP, 7, 8 (64 bit only)
– Uninstall Origin and SimCity (If you already have it)
– This 2 Gb Torrent. (Note- The creation of this torrent was overseen by me personally, so it works and it contains the latest server as of now 1.6)


(For users of a working 1.5 server SimCity and want to update to 1.6 scroll down)


Seems easy enough right? Just eight more steps to go-



Step 1 – Make a new folder called “Program” in either C or E or whatever drive you use the most, in that folder make another folder called “Simcity” and copy paste all the data from the torrent file. (For example mine was M:/Program/Simcity).



Step 2– Right click the new ‘Simcity’ folder (now with all the torrent data in it) and go to ‘Properties’, and then uncheck ‘Readonly’, when it asks if you want to apply this to subfolders click ‘yes’.



Step 3– Inside the Simcity folder go to the Extra folder and open the “Electronic Arts, Inc CA.crt” file, click “Install Certificate” then click next, then click the “Place certificates in the following store” button, click ‘Browse’, Select “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” and click Ok. Then just click next and finish. You should see a message appearing saying “Import successful”. (Windows might ask you that the certificate is unverified or something, just click OK).



Step 4– In the Extra folder copy the “Hosts” file, then go to “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\”, and delete the “Hosts” file there (back it up somewhere else if you want, you will need it if you want to use Origin legitimately). And paste the torrent version of the Hosts file (might be slightly larger than the previous one).



Step 5– In the SimCity folder, make a desktop shortcut for “Start.exe” (you will need that file to play the game), then run it. Click “Start Server”, it should say “Everything sounds good!”. If your firewall asks if you want this software to access the internet, click “Allow”.  Now on to the next step!, we are almost done. (If it says “Database needs to updated”, click okay and wait a few seconds, it may become unresponsive and then start working again in a few seconds, also if a message appears saying “Dummy certificate is not installed”, go to Step 3 and install the certificate again properly. And If message appears saying “Private server cannot be started”, go to Step 2 and uncheck Read-only.)


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Step 6– Back in the Extra folder, install Origin from the provided installed. Make sure your old Origin installation is completely removed before you install this one. Uncheck all the options, and then complete the installation. Now make sure the Start.exe server is running in the background, now run the freshly installed Origin. Enter a cool username (That will be the mayors name in the game) and enter anything as a password.



Step 7– Go to “My Games” in Origin, Click on SimCity and click Install. (It wont actually download anything from the internet, it will just extract the files you already downloaded from the torrent, also it will install the game in the C drive, and it will say that it needs like 12 GB of free space but in reality the game won’t be bigger than 2 0r 3 GB). (It might seem to get stuck at 25% at one point, don’t worry its not stuck, just let it take its time).



Step 8– Now when it finishes, click ‘Play’, It will run the game and update it, let it run (will take like 5 minutes max), then click the Play button and have fun! (If you are on something other than windows 7, clicking play wont make the game run, if thats the case, from the server click “Activate”, and then click the Play button again, it will work this time). Also if error message appears saying “Could not login to game server”, just click “Retry”. It happens only once and then the game starts, and you can high five yourself.



Thats it, now you have a fully functional SimCity (mostly) without all the online DRM stuff.



Now to play this game-

Run the Start.exe, then run the server, and then click the SimCity shortcut and play.


To users already using the working SimCity (server 1.5) who just want to update to 1.6. Download and copy this over your server.



Q1. Does the server need to run everytime I play it?



Q2. Can I delete the SimCity folder (torrent version)?



Q3. I think I screwed up, it’s not working, what should I do?

Remove all the files and start all over from scratch.


Q4. Will it work on 32 bit systems?

Previous versions of the server did not work with 32 bit systems, but I have no idea about the new one (1.5) feel free to try.


Q5. Will the game work when the new patch comes out?

In theory it should, but one can never be too sure. I will update this guide when the patch comes out.


Q6. I can only play in one shitty region?

Not anymore! There are three regions now as of update 1.6 to the server. (The new torrent link)


Q7. Other than the regions, are there any other features cut?

Its mostly complete, minus the extra regions and great works don’t work as of now.


Q8. I still have a question/ I am still stuck etc? Help?!

Reread this guide, if it doesn’t answer you question, post in the comments section below. I will try my best to reply soon, but the users are generally very helpful. Just post screenshots for your problem and detail what computer you use (windows 8 etc). A shout out for  Zeljko and Nikola Hudinčec for their helpfulness. It has been noticed 😀


Q9. I am using a different region when installing and its causing issues!?! (Asks to redeem a product code in Origin)

Do this- uninstall SimCity then set your origin to English US and install SimCity once more. Voila!


Q10. The games isnt saving!

Make sure you downloaded the torrent, from the link I provided.


Happy Hunting!