This guide will show you how to manage and install mods directly in your Insurgency: Sandstorm client, which can be done entirely from within the game.
The game supports two methods for installing mods on the client:
Manually subscribing to mods in-game, and automatically installing them on your own client.
Automatic download of mods to the client when a player joins a server with mods already installed.
Both methods require that you first log into a Mod.io account, which you can do from the "Mods" menu in-game.
When on the "Mods" page, click on the Mod.io logo in the lower left corner.
This will open a small window in the center of the screen, showing the login screen for the Mod.io site. Click on the "Login" button in the upper right corner of the Mod.io window.
If you are using Insurgency: Sandstorm on the Steam platform, you can click directly on a "Login with Steam" button to login in automatically under your Steam account! On a second screen that appears, just click on a green "Login" button, and you will be logged into Mod.io!
You can click on the blue text "Continue to" underneath the steam button to see other login options as well.
If you have already have accounts on any of the following services (in addition to Steam), you can use your login information from these services to log into Mod.io (instead of making a new account):
If you don't already use one of these services, simply create a new account on Mod.io directly. The account can be made for free! You can actually finish the entire sign up process to create a new account directly inside this small pop window, inside the client.
When you're signed into your Mod.io account, close the small window, and click on the small text in the top center of the screen that says: "Click here to return to the game". You will go back to the menu screens of Insurgency: Sandstorm.
Subscribe to Mods Manually
On the "Mods" page, there are two buttons at the top of the screen, "Browse" and "Subscribed".
On the "Browse" tab, you can see all available mods, filter them, and search for specific mods.
The "Subscribed" button will quickly show only your currently subscribed mods.
Searching for Mods
On the browse screen, the search bar in the upper left corner can be used to search for specific mods.
You can also click and unclick boxes on the left side to filter whole types of mods being shown.
Subscribe to Mods
Once you find an interesting mod, click on it's thumbnail, and you will see a page describing it appear (like the example below). You can also click on a button labelled "View on Mod.io" to see more detailed descriptions (which often include specific installation and configuration instructions usually required for servers).
Simply click on the "Subscribe" button, and the mod will be downloaded to your client!
You will quickly see a small download progress bar (similar to the screenshot shown in the following section on automatic downloads) appear at the top of the screen, above the mods image.
Auto Download Mods When Joining Server
When a player joins an Insurgency: Sandstorm server with mods installed, the player will be prompted to download the mods.
The will see the following screen:
If a player has signed into a Mod.io account inside the client, they will begin to automatically download the mods.
If they have NOT signed into a Mod.io account, the mod download process will stall at this loading screen, and no progress will be made on downloading.