Civ4 Useful Programs
This page provides links to programs that are useful and help with modding Civilization IV.
Essential Programs for nearly all aspects of Modding
- A text editor, such as Notepad++, emacs, vim, or even WordPad and Notpad (which come with Windows)
- Vim and Emacs are good for hardcore programming - Notepad++ is good for just about anything.
- A diff/merge tool, such as WinMerge or Beyond Compare
- Vim, Emacs, and some other text editors contain merge/diff tools in themselves.
Map/Scenario (WorldBuilder-like) Programs
While there are some XML editing tools for civ4, none are necessary. In fact, most experienced modders prefer the directness of a text editor like Notepad++; however if you are having difficulty understanding and editing the XML you should consider using the user created tools below.
You will need a text editor like Notepad++ to modify python.
- Civilization4 Python API Reference Guide: is an invaluable reference guide listing the various calls and functions available to the modder in python.
- Python IDLE: is an advanced python tool designed for python programming in general; it's usefulness as a tool to utilize for scripting in Civ4 is questionable; in fact if you need to use IDLE to implement and test your civ4 python code, the functionality of your code would probably be better served in the SDK; as Civ4's implementation of python can be very slow and should be limited to simple scripting and interface functions.
- BMP To WorldBuilderSave Converter
- GIMP DDS Plugin
- GameFont.tga Editor Utility
- Guide to installing the SDK (It is highly recommended you read this before starting SDK work on Civ4)